[OPE-L:2791] Re: "Books are Weapons"

Michael Williams (100417.2625@compuserve.com)
Mon, 5 Aug 1996 15:48:50 -0700 (PDT)

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Nothing slips past you does it! I first saw the slogan on a button ('pin',
'badge') in the 1970s, along with a graphic of a boxing glove springing out of
an opened book (like a 'jack-in-the-box'). I think the (British) SWP produced

It comes to be on my emails quite serendipitously: I just upgraded my software
with a spell checker, which also had a facility for automatically including a
'sign-off' on my posts. And that slogan came to mind. It does kind of capture my
views on the political seriousness of intellectual activity from research to
scholarship and teaching. What do you think? It also alludes to the view that
the dichotomy between 'idealism' and 'materialism' is unhelpful, given
reflexivity and the priority of conception over perception (plus a bit of
intellectual trickle-down ... ).
Dr Michael Williams
"Books are Weapons"