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Conspiricism Run Amuck!

by Paul Rosenberg Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000 at 3:21 PM

So a lot of people get money from George Soros. This is supposed to be news? Sinister news?

I heartily agree that the Pacifica gag rule is a bad thing. But how does selectively drawing money connections to George Soros illuminate anything?

Yes, it would be nice to build a powerful and influential independent media system without any money dependency on wealthy donors. But how exactly would you propose to do this? Do you have *any* idea of what this would cost and where you would get the money?

Until that time, we must continue to struggle in the real world built of contradictions and try to understand and negotiate it as best we can. In the real world there have always been cross-class alliances enabling any successful movement. These alliances have by turns facilitated, shaped and hindered those movements. The presence of Soros as someone who funds a lot of different things is simply a current example of an ancient phenomenae that will be with us as long as we have class societies.

Soros is a symptom of the system. To deamonize him and all he touches simply because he has a lot of money is to focus on the wrong thing. It's both too general--it ignores the specific things done with specific grants of money--and too specific--it ignores the larger systems in which Soros and the various grant recipients are embedded.

There is no price on intelligence. So if we truly want to free ourselves, then a good place to start is by using our free intelligence to analyze carefully, rather than demonize wantonly, which only imprisons us in inadequate mindsets.

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