Re: po-mo is part of the world-system, not a virus

Wed, 12 Mar 1997 10:54:39 -0500 (EST)

Well, this is quite a dubious line!!! Forget actually trying to advance
the interests of previously marginal groups, forget trying to undo the
various oppressions embedded in current knowledge structures, just fall in
line behind the white guy pushing world socialism--thats the only way to
reallly fight the system! And people wonder why world systems has become
of such marginal interest to progressives!

Steven Sherman
Binghamton University

On Tue, 11 Mar 1997 wrote:

> Dear Al,
> For once we are in synch. You are quite right about
> particularism and universalism both serving the same system, for all
> their vicious condemnations of one another. We have many pomo professors
> at Binghamton who hold ostensibly radical or progressive views, but such
> views always come down to enhancing the power WITHIN the system of
> particular groups currently marginal or supposedly marginal to the system.
> Like more tenured jobs for gays, Lesbians, and blacks. I'm all for
> tenuring gays, Lesbians, and blacks if they deserve tenure, but how is
> this going to disturb the system? The system is large, it contains
> multitudes.
> The only exception to the rule that particularlism and
> universalism both serve the system is my own universalism, i.e., the
> doctrine of the World Party. All power to the Party! Well, something
> like that.
> Cheers,
> Warren Wagar