While Harman's essay is quite good as far as it goes, it falls short of
really being useful. It leaves out the propensity of nominally "socialist"
types and "environmentalists" to engage in 'friendly fire' of all sorts.
Here our socialist types are often more interested in microphone time
than actually working in collaboration on issues for which they have no
opportunity to promote themselves. The environmentalists generally seem to
stumble over themselves just to shine up to politicians and public
administrators corrupted by the influence of the local large scale
usurers. The local land speculators, AEP, hometown insurance companies,
the banks who have been supplying the cheap credit to boost their profits
at everyone else's expense, every two bit company which shows up asking
for tax abatements and tax credit for promising what are actually seasonal
jobs at $8/hr., and then there is the promise of commission based jobs
working for a new airline named Skybus.
There is a profound chasm between identifying major globalized class
conflict and doing the education and the collaboration work to at least
narrow the opportunity for denial and evasion. Historical materialism from
the comfort of parlor, keyboard, and a conference venue seems a bit thin.
If people on this list would actually describe what they doing as it
relates to advocating science for the people as understood by the people,
it might be a bit more constructive.
On Tue, 03 Jul 2007 16:35:09 -0400, Larry Romsted
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> Might Harmanšs lovely essay form the basis of a proposed session at the
> Larry Romsted