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Frost on Solnit

It will be interesting to see whether Amber Frost’s brilliant take- down of the Rebecca Solnit mansplaining book and the mystique surrounding it (and Solnit, for that matter) will get the kind of traction it deserves. If if ends up being ignored-by the left generally and Solnit who I’m sure would be more than happy to pretend it doesn’t exist-I can think of some reasons. (All of them bad.)

1) It’s published on the New Politics blog-a top notch operation but, for whatever reason, almost totally invisible and apparently unable to generate much “buzz” for its generally excellent content (as I’ve discovered when I’ve placed my stuff there).

2) Solnit’s book is published by Haymarket, the commercial wing of the ISO: The ISO cadres who serve as its marketers and publicists will likely ignore, suppress or, at most, trivialize and dismiss it. (Revealing that of the some 70 “likes” I’ve seen none derive from this reliable Trot phalanx. That’s what’s called a “party line”-a subject I’ve discussed previously.)

3) On the other side, Solnit has been embraced as an icon of the horizontalist left, a friend of David Graeber and viewed as an icon of the OWS and “anti-globalization” movements.

4) She also has been accepted within the elite ranks of the liberal/left media circles (e.g. Tom Dispatch, Harpers, the Nation).

It will be hard for those in 3) and 4) to eat crow/admit they were at all wrong about Solnit-the cardinal rule of elite punditry being “never admit error”. Not optimistic this will be an exception.

Anyway, it took a fair amount of guts to write this. My hats off to Amber, who, fwiw, doesn’t like me very much, apparently.

Whatever. I think she does great work.