Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 23:52:37 +0000 From: vladimir bilenkin <achekhov-AT-unity.ncsu.edu> Subject: Re: Let's vote then Comrades: I had a very busy day and could read today's posts only at this late hour. I also would like to apologize to those comrades who recently wrote me privately for not being able to answer them so far. I'll do this shortly. Now it appears that some subscribers accuse the "minority" who has voted in favor of my proposal in something like an attempt to highjack this list. This happens of course and cannot be considered something extraordinary. What I find extremely unusual is the method which this minority has chosen for such an evil act. By saying "aye" this minority has agreed to obey the decisions of the majority of this list. We have then a paradox. And since the hour is late and my mental powers are rather feeble now I leave it to skilfull dialectitians, like Hugh, to ponder on its solution , if a paradox can have one. There was also another charge or doubt expressed in regard of the so-called "inviolable" or "non-negotiable" principles of this list. To my knowledge, this kind of principles may exist perhaps in some hypothetical metaphysical heavens but certainly not in the profane space of virtual or the more tangible reality. Principles, as any other ideological contents of our consciousness, are products of social struggle. In short, nothing and no one can garantee that the "inviolable" principles of this list will not become violated (I almost feel like a rapist) if the majority of this list is not willing to defend these principles. So let us take our "organizational" solutions with a grain of salt. Lastly, I once again ask the "silent majority" to vote and to affirm its will. If you, the majority, want to rule this list--write "Aye." If you, the majority, do not want to rule this list-- write "Nay." Good night, Vladimir PS. Isn't it strange that I was never more optimistic about the future of this list than now?
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