Abusive language in working-class culture
A dialog from Labor-L, December 2000
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- The original exchange on Labor-L list
- 17 December 2000. Jim J. used abusive language in reference
to a view with which he disagrees, and Haines B. objects.
- A set of secondary exchanges
- 18 December 2000. Two others offer comments, and Haines B.
responds to one.
- Jim J. and Haines B. engage in debate
- 19 December 2000. Jim argues that workers without working-class
consciousness are an enemy, and Haines disagrees.
- Jim J. and Haines B. continue their
- 22 December 2000. Jim provides an example from Chile to suggest
that accomodation [by politicans and church with the military?]
can have disastrous results. Haines tries to analyse what
determines whether we should draw the line or accomodate.
- Haines Brown presumes to take the last word
- Haines reflects back on the dialog and tries to link the question
of language to that of class struggle and revolution.