Flames and personal attacks

From: dlaibman@JJAY.CUNY.EDU
Date: Tue May 18 2004 - 11:35:16 EDT

I would like to add my voice to the growing consensus.  Jerry has done a fine job running the list, and deserves our gratitude.  Of course, the current list members are a self-selected group, and likely to feel this way; but the implication that everyone who left the list did so because of anything Jerry did is gratuitous.  I left for a while, simply because I didn't have the time to participate.  Any list member will most likely differ with one or another decision, and anyone can make mistakes.  But the overall effect of Jerry's work over the years has been to make OPE a valuable and serious vehicle for discussion of political economy.  (I say this even though I have not been able to participate as fully as I would like to.)  Personal attacks should not be encouraged, and I would be wary of proposals for mechanical rotation of AC members or the list coordinator job.

In solidarity,

David Laibman

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