Sigrid, thanks, again for all the hard work. Are we any closer to a discussion about continuing some aspect of the conference? ---Rich Rosen
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Subject: Re: Query re the Amherst Conference
Hello! We are SO close to getting the videos for the conference up.
There have just been a few technical problems delaying things, but I expect them up within the next few weeks at the lastest. I will be sure to post a link to them to this list-serv as soon as they're ready!
I was at a different session during the much-acclaimed Levins talk so I haven't yet seen it myself...
Associate Professor, History Department
Director, Social Thought & Political Economy Program UMass Amherst
On 5/27/2014 9:44 PM, Charles Schwartz wrote:
> I do not often engage in the philosophical debates on this list (good
> or bad as they might be) but I must respond - as one octogenarian to
> another - that I greatly appreciate what Carrol offered in his P.S.
> On May 27, 2014, at 5:02 PM, Carrol Cox wrote:
>> The Amherst Conference was one of the best left conferences I have
>> ever attended, and Dick Levins's paper in one of the conferences one
>> of the best I have heard.
>> But my octogenarian short-term memory fails me. At the end of his
>> paper Dick laid down three wonderful propositions, and I can only
>> remember the third of them. All three revolved around what I consider
>> a key issue for contemporary soc8ialist activists: the scope and
>> limits of theory. The third of his closing propositions was, "All
>> theories are wrong." (he meant of course, _eventually_ proved wrong.)
>> That is of crucial importance. But I can't remember the first two of
>> the three.
>> I hope I can be illuminated here.
>> P.S. There is a new MRE book, selected writings of Rosa Luxemburg.
>> The blurb
>> for it calls her the most powerful socialist intellect since Marx
>> himself & I tend to agree. In her day the Grudrisse was not
>> available, but her remarks on "the final goal" are in the spirit of a
>> wonderful aphorism from that
>> work: "The anatomy of man is a key to the anatomy of the ape."
>> Bertell Ollman catches up the import of this in his phrase, "Doing
>> History Backwards as does sweezy in his phrase "the present as
>> history," as does Mao when he remarks, "Marxists have no crystal
>> ball." And this is consistent with the claim that all theories are
>> _eventually_ wrong. We work with the best theory that we can carve
>> out, but we (must) work with the awareness that eventually (the
>> present as history) that theory will fail.