Re: [sixties-l] "Stalinist"? -- To David Horowitz

From: David Horowitz (
Date: 09/30/00

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    I'll certainly think about this. You will perhaps cut me some slack for feeling
    surrounded and on hostile terrain.
    Tony Edmonds wrote:
    > David Horowitz wrote:
    >  Ninety-percent of
    > >my experience is that when I raise an issue I am vicious and personally
    > >attacked, and then when I respond in kind (I am not about to be intimidated
    > by
    > >such tactics), the other side suddenly becomes the "victim" of my "abuse."
    > David:
    >     I can certainly understand your desire to fight back.  But I think
    > sometimes you react before you are attacked, using pretty loaded, ad hominem
    > language before you even need to!  I'd really like you (and all of us) to
    > take our admiration of the civil rights movement seriously.  When you are
    > attacked (especially "pre-attacked!!), try responding with peace, love, and
    > sweet reason intsead of what seems to me to be schoolyard macho reactions
    > ("I'm not about to be intimidated").
    >     I've read some of __Radical Son__ and find it a very moving and
    > important memoir.  Some of what you say about "the left" (whatever that
    > means) is no doubt accurate.  But yuor macho tone and excessive generalizing
    > is off-putting.  And pity is, you don't even need to do it!
    > Tony Edmonds
    > Ball State University

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