[Marxism] America is Staring Into the Abyss and Preparing to Jump
knhiebert at shaw.ca
Thu Apr 21 01:25:05 MDT 2016
Louis Proyect said:
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.
Ken Hiebert replies:
From your description is seems that Counterpunch is a one-person operation. The editor does not have access to a team of volunteers to help him read the articles that he publishes.
This in spite of the fact that Counterpunch has been "telling facts and naming names since 1993."
You have described Counterpunch as "...more like a bulletin board..." Maybe that's how Counterpunch should present itself. If the editor cannot read all that he publishes, we cannot be sure that all the articles will be "telling facts."
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