Re: [OPE] Important review of Kautskyism Past and Present

Date: Mon Aug 09 2010 - 20:13:32 EDT

Insofar as there have been criticisms made of the list, I only have the following to say at this time:
1. re the archives:
Let us recall that we are a collaborative group and the decision which was made re the archives was made by consensus. There was debate on the list and ultimately a decision was made which - although most didn't consider, I think, was 'ideal' - was something we all could live with. My own opinions on that topic - like those of others - can be read on the archives. The criticism that the book's author makes clearly shows that he didn't read that discussion or the reasons _why_ there was concern by some about making the archives publicly available.
2. re David's criticism.
Yes, this has been the greatest crisis since the Great Depression since the 1930's. I agree with him that there should have been more discussion on that urgent topic. But, we are a society of individuals and what we discuss isn't mandated or controlled. We're not a Leninist party (or any other kind of party, for that matter). It's up to us. Moreover, what exactly does the lack of discussion mean? David might say fairly that he hasn't contributed a lot to that discussion here because he is engaged with political activism and other important tasks and responsibilities. Fair enough. But, couldn't the same be said for other members. It's presumptuous to assume the motives for 'silence' by listmembers on a particular subject unless you actually _know _their reasoning and motivation - as well as the context. .
In solidarity, Jerry
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