[Marxism] Fwd: America is Staring Into the Abyss and Preparing to Jump
lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 20 10:26:08 MDT 2016
On 4/20/16 12:09 PM, Jeff wrote:
> On 2016-04-20 17:46, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
>> So this article got deleted. Thank goodness.
> Yes, but I never got to see it! If someone saved a copy, could you post
> the text here? (I need a chuckle now and then. Plus to see how far
> Counterpunch has lowered their standards.)
> - Jeff
Look, I have my problems with Jeff St. Clair but it would be impossible
for him to go through all the articles he publishes. I was telling my
wife earlier today when she saw this crap that there's a big difference
between Counterpunch and Swans, which was edited by the late Gilles
D'Aymery. Swans came out once a month and he had a clear idea what
should appear in it. He also went through every article with a fine
tooth comb. Counterpunch is more like a bulletin board that relies on
the trustworthiness of people who have been vetted to some extent by
Jeff and by Cockburn before him. As far as I can tell, Felton only wrote
one article for Counterpunch before, a pretty unobjectionable one on
Greece. So I can understand how this latest piece sneaked through.
As should be obvious by now, I have stopped writing for Counterpunch
although I don't regret my involvement with it at all. However, there is
still an acute need for a broad and intelligent socialist voice on the
Internet. I had hopes that MRZine might have played that role but in
their infinite wisdom John Bellamy Foster and John Mage put Yoshie
Furuhashi in charge. This was a person who had flame wars on PEN-L,
LBO-Talk and Marxmail before being hired.
The next bid was Jacobin, a publication whose editorial board consists
mostly of academics. It is in a real sense just another piece of real
estate in the HM, Verso, Socialist Register neighborhood. I subscribe to
it and occasionally find some of it worth reading but it is not what I
think is necessary.
There are lots of good people writing for CounterPunch like Michael
Yates, Henry Giroux and Patrick Bond who have a solid grounding in
Marxism. We need an online publication that incorporates their kind of
writing plus that of people outside the academy who can report on labor
struggles like Jon Flanders and Carl Finamore. It is frustrating to me
that something like that does not exist.
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