File spoon-archives/marxism2.archive/marxism2_1996/96-04-30.191, message 206

Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 12:03:05 -0500
Subject: Re: Fraud over "" Cui bono?


Your "cui bono" argument is, of course, no more legitimate than an ad
hominem or post hoc ergo propter hoc argument. I can just imagine Holocaust
deniers saying, "Who benefits from these ridiculous stories of gas chambers
and crematoria? Why, the Israel lobby, of course."

I was rather upset over the whole way the vote was
handled by the left cyber-activists (those I saw). There may be some
history here of which I'm unaware, in which case I would be happy to be
enlightened. The question raised in my mind by this aggressive attempt to
keep fascists from discussing their musical preferences in their own little
private space was, of course, the hackneyed "How are we better than them
then?" For those of you allergic to ethical issues, that's not what I'm
talking about, anyway. I'm saying how is the middle, or simply the
non-left, going to percieve this aggression? It will certainly look as
though we're no more tolerant of freedom than they are. The largely
libertarian culture of the Internet offers the left a unique opportunity to
garner support and fellow-traveling, at least on some issues. Instead, we
just look as if our jackboots point the opposite way.

I'm not some idiot who talks about parliamentary measures while the
fascists are kicking our teeth in on the street, but on the Net we have our
space and we have theirs. If we try to limit freedom in this basically
unprincipled way now, what will happen when we come into power? Only if the
fascists make serious inroads on our or somebody else's space is this kind
of hysterical response warranted.


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