Friday, January 31, 2014

When the left-commentariat is this boring, it's no wonder we watch Fox News

Louis Proyect is an old-school radical with a bountiful CV and a thirst for truth and justice.

But read this and tell me he hasn't become a tool in the arsenal of anti-left propaganda.

Dude, you are literally boring people to death. And the tragedy of this is the people you are boring to death want to agree with you.

Proyect will forever be haunted by the petty internecine squabbles that destroyed the organized left over the course of the 20th century.

I recall many a local election in Guelph when the voters had to make a choice between candidates from the three traditional parties and half a dozen radical parties. You'd have your Marxists and your Communists and your Trotskyites and your Socialists and your Marxist Socialists and Trotskyist Marxists and blah blah blah ad infinitum.

Long story short, had all those radical parties presented a unified list they might have made an impact. As it was, they spent all their political capital undercutting one another and then had nothing left for the real fight.

Anyway, the man writes intelligently about jazz and film history and he's obviously a good guy.

But for fuck's sakes, give up the petty squabbles with those who may have supported the "wrong" strand of radicalism at some point in their careers.

There is a greater good.

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