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Luxemburg was the leading exponent of a Marxism in the spirit of Marx. One indication of this, paradoxical at first glance, is that she was one of the very few leading Marxists who did not treat Marx's writings as holy writ.
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We need only look at activities of the thousands of people working in grassroots groups across this country, and around the world, to see that people do join with others to block what they see as harmful and to fight for what they consider to be desirable and just. When they do, that which seemed impossible to achieve starts to become possible.
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Against Censorship

By Ulli Diemer

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Letter to the Editor:

Susan G. Cole may like to think of herself as a "thoughtful anti-porn activist", but it's hard to take her claims seriously when she tells us that the difference between Americans and Canadians is that Canadians have a commendable desire to be subjected to censorship, while a belief in "absolute free speech" is an American peculiarity (Absolute Trash From ACLU Prez, March 23).

Anyone who thinks that the U.S. is a bastion of "absolute free speech" must have spent the last few decades on another planet.

And - no doubt this will come as a shock to Cole - many Canadians adhere to what she calls the "extremist position" on censorship, i.e., we're against it.

Believe it or not, some of us would rather not have customs officials and cops deciding what we can read or look at. We'd rather decide for ourselves.



Ulli Diemer
23 March, 1995
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