[lbo-talk] OOOPS! RE: dreaming in public

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Thu Dec 8 15:31:14 PST 2011

The subject line is a mistake. I picked at random a post having university bashing as a subject line & without looking at the text, deleted it. Or I _thought_ I had. Apparently I pointed at some post with the subject line as above. But I have read nothing under that subject line and my post was supposed to be on university bashing, not whatever "dreaming in public" is about!

-----Original Message----- From: lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org [mailto:lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org] On Behalf Of Carrol Cox Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2011 1:52 PM To: lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org Subject: Re: [lbo-talk] dreaming in public

The primary fact abut any college or university is that it is a place where working-class people earn a living (and faculty is included in working class). Any attack on the university is therefore, first of all, an attack on the working class. Any statement abut faculty which compares their conditions to the conditions of other workers anyplace in the world is an attack on the whole working class, and hence whatever the intentions of the speaker or writer that person is engaged in a defense of capitalism,.

Such comparisons are pissing contests, one of the major elements in working-class disunity. It is the same thing as saying women are worse off than Latinos, or Latinos are worse off than Indian peasants.

I'm not reading what others have to say on this thread . . . I'm afraid of becoming personally contemptuous of people I respect.

I regard respect for university workers as a matter of principle. Which side are you on?


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