Re: [OPE] The Dog Days of August?

From: Paul Zarembka (
Date: Sun Aug 17 2008 - 12:14:40 EDT

--On 8/17/2008 1:24 AM +0200 Dave Zachariah wrote:

> Your reply [by Philip] reminds me of something Alexander Cockburn wrote 
in a very
> good piece:
>     "What is the goal of the 9/11 conspiracists?

9/11 was a conspiracy.  The question is only WHOSE.  Then the 'goal' will 
be clearer.

> They ask questions,
>     yes, but they never answer them. They never put forward an overall
>     scenario of the alleged conspiracy. They say that's not up to them.
>     So who is it up to? Who do they expect to answer their questions?
>     When answers are put forward, they are dismissed as fabrications or
>     they simply rebound with another question."

Too vague.  Those studying 9/11 may include such persons but it also 
includes many, many person who responsibly ask questions, try including building engineers, aviation specialists, 
military persons, faculty.

> I think his political response is on point:
>     "These days a dwindling number of leftists learn their political
>     economy from Marx via the small, mostly Trotskyist groupuscules.

Not most of us.

>     Into the theoretical and strategic void has crept a diffuse,
>     peripatic conspiracist view of the world that tends to locate ruling
>     class devilry not in the crises of capital accumulation, or the
>     falling rate of profit, or inter-imperial competition, but in locale

My main work as a Marxist is on accumulation of capital.

>     (the Bohemian Grove, Bilderberg, Ditchley, Davos) or supposedly
>     "rogue" agencies, with the CIA still at the head of the list. The
>     9/11 "conspiracy", or "inside job", is the Summa of all this
>     foolishness."

So he says.  But he seems to conflate the libertarian right with the left.


THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF 9-11, P. Zarembka, ed., Seven Stories Press, just out
 available at & -- "benchmark in 9/11 research"

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