[Marxism] Blumenthal letter

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 11:54:25 MDT 2018


I recall AK Press publishing some absolutely disgusting garbage by cranks.
I don't expect much from any of these places. They're just for-profit book
publishers pandering to a specific demographic. It just so happens that
that demographic happens to have some kind of soft spot for the Syrian
government.

Amith R. Gupta

On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 1:46 PM, John Reimann via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> Is the call on Verso to stop publishing Blumenthal a call for censorship?
>
> If this were a call to some mainstream capitalist publisher, such as Dutton
> for example, then an argument could be made. Even that, though, has to be
> qualified. Any serious capitalist publishing house, just like any serious
> capitalist journal, has certain standards as far as accuracy. I think it's
> a fair question to ask whether Blumenthal meets those standards. Of course,
> none of us has seen his latest piece, but I think it's fair to guess that
> it's about as accurate as what he's been churning out so far.
>
> In any case, though, we're not talking about a mainstream capitalist
> publisher; we're talking about Verso, which bills itself as the foremost
> publisher of "radical" books. Would Verso publish a book by a supporter of
> Netanyahu? Or of Nerandra Modi? Or Trump or Putin, for that matter? If so,
> then they have abandoned their claim to be a "radical" publishing house.
> So, why should a book by a supporter of Assad be published by them? What's
> the difference?
>
> I support the original letter 100%.
>
> John Reimann
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