[lbo-talk] Austerity

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Mon Jan 3 20:34:34 PST 2011

Further on conversation with those of no political interest. (Political interest means they are possible recruits to activism -- i.e., already agree with you on one or two or more specific issues.) Chou used to tell visitors what he thought was a very amusing story. One day at the Geneva Conference (to end the First Vietnam War), Chou was the earliest arrival to the conference room. The second arrival was John Foster Dulles. Chou greeted him genially. John Foster Dulles turned away without responding. Chou thought it a great joke that someone made his politics interfere with simple social courtesy and interchange.

Quit worrying about your reactionary genius. Enjoy him in other ways than politics.

This, incidentally, is what I would call a political perspective. One ignores the topic of politics except in relation to people who can (because of _some_ prior areas of agreement (war, supporting teachers; rights of migrants; whatever) can be moved to some political activity (signing a petition; contributing money to sending a person to the April 9 demo, what have you). It's hard on your blood pressure and doesn't change anything to worry about those (majority now) who support the enemy passively (by voting, etc).


-----Original Message----- From: lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org [mailto:lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org] On Behalf Of Miles Jackson Sent: Monday, January 03, 2011 10:20 AM To: lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org Subject: Re: [lbo-talk] Austerity

On 1/2/2011 11:40 PM, 123hop at comcast.net wrote:
> I am working on these issues: I do a certain amount of propagandizing,
planning, and organizing in Oakland Public School system.
> So, when a man with the IQ of a genius tells me that teachers and bankers
are both greedy, this is evidence of what?
> Joanna

That IQ is a poor measure of intelligence!

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