[Marxism] A Jacobin/DSAer’s Red Herrings | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 22 12:36:08 MDT 2019


A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or 
important question, according to Wikipedia, which also states that the 
term was popularized in 1807 by English polemicist William Cobbett, who 
told a story of having used a kipper (a strong-smelling smoked fish) to 
divert hounds from chasing a hare. Cobbett was an early English radical 
who took up the cause of impoverished peasants falling prey to “rotten 
boroughs”, a form of gerrymandering that favored the rich. One imagines 
that red herrings were used widely in the interest of privilege back 
then but as a term it can now be used to describe any dodgy political 
argument such as those found in an article by Jacobin/DSAer Chris 
Maisano titled “Which Way to Socialism?”

full: https://louisproyect.org/2019/05/22/a-jacobin-dsaers-red-herrings/



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