Henwood vs. Cockburn

Jeffrey St. Clair sitka at home.com
Thu Nov 11 12:17:29 PST 1999

Doug Henwood wrote:

> This is horseshit. I think Morris Dees is a faker. I like the stuff
> that Ken Silverstein did in Counterpunch (for which Cockburn
> inevitably got credit) exposing him as a poseur. I got accused of
> being soft on racism for writing in LBO and on several e-lists that
> "the militias" were not the gang of crypto-fasicsts that a lot of
> leftists were denouncing them as. Ask Charles Brown about this.

Well, we have gone after Mister Dees and his cohorts in the post-Silverstein era. But that's somewhat beside the point.

Doug did, after all, invite that bearded devil Ron Arnold on to his radio show, where they had a nice chat about the relative virtues of Habermas and Marx. I don't think Doug was frightened of Ron. But afterwards Ron told me that he was scared of Doug. "That guy's got the most materialist view of society I've ever encountered."

As for all populists being nationalists, as someone emphatically proclaimed--Well, that's bullshit. At least the populists I know from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming. Their vision doesn't extend much beyond the county line. That's why they call themselves the County Rights Movement (among other appellations.)--jsc

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