Re: [OPE-L] North Korea

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Sat Jan 27 2007 - 22:02:33 EST

Re: [OPE-L] North KoreaMedia do not necessarily blindly follow the White House, they first and foremost sell news. This is also why I do not think saying "this country is imperialist", and this country "is not" really clarifies much. I think all nation states pursue what could be labeled imperialist strategy; I think it is a contradiction inherent to the nation state per se. If you do not ground your theory of imperialism in the historical settings of nation states, the term "imperialism" simply becomes a term you can label your opponent and it becomes a tautology. But I might be using a foreign terminology here.    

I would also like to apologize to other list members that have been drowned in a-mails the last few days. I can personally say I did not wish for this debate to escalate. The other day I decided I would not reply to Jerry and Paul, because the debate wasn't going anywhere. And I also think Jerry and Paul have at times ripped my statements out of their context so to make me look bad. They seem actually to be quite upset. I might be horrible wrong however, I know what electronic debates can be like. If that's the case, I apologize. 


My intent was most certainly not to rip your statements or make you 
look bad.  If that's the way they sounded to you, then _I_ apologize.

Never throughout this exchange have I been upset with you.  

There are some comments I'd like to make about what you wrote above
about the media and the state and the relation of nation-states to 
imperialism, but I'll respect what I take to be your wish not to 
discuss those topics at this time.  Perhaps another time?  I think
they are important questions for political economy.

I look forward to your posting on previously unknown materials by 
I.I. Rubin.

In solidarity, Jerry

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