William Mandel wrote:
> So you conclude that the Horowitzes should always be entitled to more
> ink than us, since they will always be able to buy more advertising
> space. Is that correct?
> William Mandel
That's an easy question to ask, Bill, not so easy to answer.
Yes, it's true, their side has more money than our side; more money for
advertisements, more money for lobbying, more money for campaign
contributions, more money for public relations, more money even to bus
people to Washington for demonstrations. Is your idea that our side, the
poor minority, censor their side, keep them from advertising?
Advertising in what? The Nation, The Progressive and all our other little
papers? We could do that, but big deal. They own the major media.
We can solve the political (electoral) imbalance with the clean money
reform (a system of full public financing), something I've been involved in
from the beginning. (For details, see the new book, LOST IN WASHINGTON) by
Barry M. Casper (UMASS Press). Advertising is a much knottier issue. What
would you? Not rhetorically, but in the real world. How do you suggest we
create a system whereby progressive/leftist/anti-capitalist arguments have
the same access to the media as the other side has. Censoring their stuff,
from our position of weakness, is no way to get our side heard. We just
legitimize their censorship. The only way I can think is to, yes, let their
voices be heard and then come back with our own rebuttals.
Can you think of a better way? (And please don't answer "make a revolution!"
I'm talking about what can be done in the current situation, today).
Or to put it another way, do you think DH would have gotten the mileage he
has gotten on this issue if the college newspapers had simply run his ads
and used their editorial page to respond to the issue?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2001 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: [sixties-l] (Fwd):Reparatiopns, DH & the Left
> Marty Jezer wrote:
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Mon Apr 02 2001 - 21:24:12 EDT