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

Wed, 12 Mar 1997 10:59:43 -0500 (EST)

Dear Mr. Sherman,

Have you ever heard of irony? My last paragraph is ironic. Even
self-deprecating. But you didn't get it. I wish I could believe, in my
turn, that you were not making a racial slur when you called me a white
guy, but I suppose that's too much to hope for.

W. Warren Wagar

On Wed, 12 Mar 1997 wrote:

> 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
> >
> >