Posted by: Doug Henwood | June 27, 2013

Fresh audio product

Just uploaded to my radio archives:

June 27, 2013 Rachel Kushner on art, politics, and her novel The Flamethrowers • Mark Mizruchi, author of The Fracturing of the Corporate Eliteon the rot of the managerial class

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  1. There’s lots I could say in reply here, and of course I did reply to Bruce Dixon, not that you all would think to link to the reply of course. But all one need know is how dishonest the claims of my calls for violence are. They indict the intellectual integrity of both John and Doug. Here is the proof:

    Take the first claim, that I gleefully noted something about “burning” people and how they will richly deserve it. The actual paragraph is this — clearly talking about political “self-immolation,” not literal burning:

    “Those who say this election means nothing, who insist that Obama, because he cozied up to Wall Street, or big business, is just another kind of evil no different than any other, are in serious risk of political self-immolation, and it is a burning they will richly deserve.”

    John is a liar and he knows it.

    Then the claim that I seriously advocate shooting people in the face if they say they aren’t racist because they have black friends? Really? No of course not. Here are two graphs pertinent to the charge:

    “I swear, if I hear one more transparently racist person insist they aren’t racist because they have black friends, I am going to shoot them. But not because I’m violent. I’m not violent. And this I know because I have friends who are pacifists.’

    ‘Yes, this is a joke, but seriously, it’s getting just about that stupid, and not simply because George Zimmerman’s “black friend” swears he’s not racist… Much more, it seems that everyone who ever says or does something blatantly racist to a black person is quick to wrap themselves in the cloak of their multicolored affinity networks, as if this provided the perfect inoculation against the charge that they were anything less than purely enlightened.”

    Look, it’s fine to dislike someone, to think of them as a sell-out, Obamabot or whatever pithy terms y’all enjoy, but when you make such blatantly inaccurate (and libelous) claims as these, which are easily disproved, not only do you prove yourselves to be hacks, you open yourself up to a pretty easy lawsuit. To accuse someone of advocating violence is a serious charge. One that is, in this case, a lie. I wouldn’t recommend continuing with that line of attack.


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