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A second anecdote

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on October 29, 1999 at 11:17:36:

In Reply to: I finally have an anecdote to share posted by Barry Stoller on October 28, 1999 at 18:39:39:

: : For Christ sake the standard of debate on the capitalist side has took a mad bastard dive, hasn't it?

: An anecdotal observation, Lark.

: I put together detailed, circumscript posts like this one and this one and receive at best one response each.

: Meanwhile, a brainless two-liner like this one is everyone's idea of stimulating talk.

SDF: I myself have an anecdote to share.

This was Frenchy's response when I basically accused him of being a sucker.

: I'm outta here.

SDF: None of the procapitalists will remember you, Barry. It sure looks to me what Anthony Woodiwiss would call "social amnesia," after Russell Jacoby's book SOCIAL AMNESIA. One side cites historical evidence; the other side retreats into philosophical fantasy, like in the historians' debates in the US. In such debates (Gary Nash's HISTORY ON TRIAL etc.), one side attempts to teach historical inquiry whereas the other side wants to forget history all the way back to Bartólome de las Casas.

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