File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/marxism-international.9710, message 510

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 08:01:02 +0000
Subject: Re: M-I: Re: The list revitalized?

In message <>, Louis R Godena
<> writes
> For another, Louis
>Proyect's rhetoric, while inflammatory, is centered around a political
>point; namely, the misquoting by James Heartfield of "statistics"

Can I just say for the record that in no way did I disapprove of Louis
P's post, which I thought was so over the top that it was quite witty.
And, as I have said repeatedly, I do not need anyone to edit the
contents of my in-tray. 

However I do think Louis G's interpretation is mistaken. I edited out
all the rhetorical points in Louis P's post so that I could repost what
seemed to me to be its real content: all the stuff about rat's asses,
vampires and so on. It would never have occured to me that Louis was
actually intrested in trees. I assumed he was merely using them as a
ruse to call me Rush Limbaugh.

Furthermore, it is quite innacurate to say that the content of any
posting on this list consists of
> the misquoting by James Heartfield of "statistics"
because I have not quoted or misquoted any statistics in any of these
exchanges - much to Louis P's irritation. What actually happened was
that Louis P quoted a book 'The Point is to Change It' which I had a
hand in drafting. However, I am not the author and did not write the
section quoted. I don't say that to disavow in any way what was written
there. I only say it because, not being employed by the forestry
commission, I do not consider myself to be an expert in forestry and I
was reluctant to leap into the breach of a fully-fledged debate over
American trees. But if you want me to look further into the question, I
will see what I can do.

Oh and if I caused any offence by suggesting that Louis P was an old man
pissing in his pants, I beg his forgiveness: I could of course have no
such knowledge.

Rush Heartfield

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