Re: [OPE] Congratulations

From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
Date: Sat Oct 25 2008 - 18:16:03 EDT

Jerry, I recognize the virtues of a multi-lingual community.   But it is a fact that English has become the language of science. Besides, there are some advantages in having a “lingua franca”.   Yours, A. Agafonow ________________________________ De: GERALD LEVY <> Para: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Enviado: sábado, 25 de octubre, 2008 22:17:37 Asunto: RE: [OPE] Congratulations > Unfortunately the universities in the Spanish speaking countries have not evolved > yet in the direction of those of Netherlands and some Scandinavian countries, > adopting the lingua franca of science: English.     Hi Alejandro A:   I do NOT agree that it is "unfortunate" that universities in Spanish-speaking nations have not "evolved" to that point.  I couldn't disagree more fully: it is unfortunate that it is expected that Spanish-speakers will learn how to speak English rather than vice versa!  It is unfortunate indeed that so many native English-speakers in the US are mono-lingual.   Especially (imo) for Marxians since so  much of the most interesting literature on political economy (imo) is in other languages and has never been translated into English.  The answer (easier done early in life) is to become multi-lingual.  I, btw,  truly hope to see the for day in my country when  everyone is fluent in more than one language.  The type of internationalism that I support is not for a world where everyone speaks English.      In solidarity, Jerry 

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