[OPE-L:5052] RE: The RRPE Controversy

From: Drewk (Andrew_Kliman@msn.com)
Date: Fri Feb 23 2001 - 08:37:04 EST

In reply to OPE-L 5048:

Paul Cockshott writes,

"I, for one, can see no meaning for a concept of price in a
one commodity world. I find it incomprehensible."

(What if, in this same world, money is not a commodity?)

But the real point, Paul (Cockshott) is whether *your* inability
to comprehend it is legitimate grounds for excluding others -- who
think they do comprehend it  -- from publishing their work.
That's what happened.

The Ptolemaists found the notion of a moving earth
incomprehensible.  (See the quote from Kuhn in Alan Freeman's
post.)  Was it legitimate for them to persecute Galileo and to try
to keep his work from being propagated?

You write that I thought the referee's comments were "excessively

That's not really it.  I think they constitute suppression of my
work, and more importantly the ideas I put forth, on
political-ideological-theoretical grounds.  As you can see from
the above, I reject the GROUNDS for rejection, not just the
particular judgment, as unscholarly and dogmatic.

For Pluralism,

Andrew ("Drewk") Kliman
Dept. of Social Sciences
Pace University
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