abortion, activism & pomophobia (was: Activism and Avoidance)

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Wed Feb 10 09:51:08 PST 1999

>I keep coming back to that passage in Eric Alterman's dumb pomobashing
>column in The Nation from several months ago, in which he attacked the
>theoryheads in all the familiar ways, and then wrote:
>> "But here's the twist. [Reformist Social-Democratic
>> Leftist Nelson] Lichtenstein is part of a perfectly
>> Rortyite reformist Campaign for a Living Wage at
>> the University of Virginia. This campaign is not
>> about ending sexism, racism, or homophobia, but
>> about getting janitorial staff a few extra bucks
>> an hour. Who are its volunteers? Primarily, says
>> Lichtenstein, faculty and graduate students from
>> the pomo literature and theory crowd.
>This undermined Alterman's whole point, but neither he nor his editors
>seemed to notice.

I think that Alterman noticed that this point deconstructed his earlier argument, and that that was in fact the reason that he included it...

Brad DeLong

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