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Subject: On Voting
From: En Lin Wei <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 05:12:35 GMT
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Charles Moyer wrote:

<<   Is there any way the members of a list can vote? Wei believes or says
he believes in democracy. Too bad we can't find out.>>

This is an interesting issue to discuss.  I assume this is the answer to my
question about what topics you would find engaging.  It raises a number of
secondary questions.

1.  Is there a way members of the list can vote?  Of course there is.
Simply pose the question, and ask people to cast their votes.

2. Vote on what?  For instance, we could vote on whether "INTERPRETATION X"
of Ezra Pound's work is correct.  On whether Charles Moyer's interpretation
of Ezra Pound is correct.  There are many things we could vote on.

3.  "Too bad we cannot find out".  Of course you can.  You can contact the
list director; I believe there is a list command which can be used to
produce a complete list of all participants.

4.  We could also vote to exlude certain interpretations of Pound.  For
example we could vote to exclude any Nietzschean interpretations of Pound,
or to exclude any interpretations of Pound which mention the fact that he
was a fascist.  Or we could vote to ban certain individuals from the list.
We could vote to ban any individual who mentions Spengler, or we could ban
any one who mentions the phrase "class conflict."

5.  DO YOU, Charles Moyer, believe in democracy? I think you might.  But if
you do NOT, why would you want to vote about anything on this list, or
anywhere else?  Could you make your position clear on this issue (and if you
like, you might want to say if you think Ezra Pound's anti-democratic
tendencies are retrograde for his era, roughly the same for his intellectual
contemporaries, or if his is a trend setting view, a "philosophy for the
future," so to speak.)

We could conclude with a quote from Nietzsche, if you wish.

"Where the rabble drinks too, there are all wells poisoned".

(Zarathustra, second part, chapter six)

He forget to add, "beware of the aspiring 'supermen', for they keep the
clean wells for themselves, and poison all the others."



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