Last week, after an attack on Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) instigated by Marxist entertainer Doug Lain, the organization invited him to be interviewed on a podcast to discuss his differences with MHI and his behavior. In response, Lain rejected the invitation, then accepted it, and then attempted retroactively to change the terms of the agreement.
In an April 4 Facebook post, Lain accused MHI of “acting inconsistently.” He provided no evidence or argument. He merely leveled the charge and invited his entourage to speculate about the cause of the alleged inconsistency.
None of the entourage asked Lain to back up his allegation with evidence or argument. They either took it or faith or embrace the “post-truth” ethos for which facts don’t matter. Instead, they called members and supporters of MHI “assholes” and “marginal personalities,” alleged that we are “mentally caged by orthodoxy” and not “smart,” and compared us to flies attracted to “shit.” C Derick Varn, Lain’s sidekick, proclaimed—again, without providing any evidence or argument—that we “are as guilty as those they critique of the things they critique.”
Lain did not invite us to respond to this attack. He even failed to inform us that it had taken place. Read More
Yesterday, Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) invited Doug Lain to discuss his disagreements with MHI’s implacable opposition to Trump and Trumpism. Lain is publisher of Zero Books, and a science-fiction writer and podcaster. In the past, he has characterized himself as a Marxist-Humanist.
MHI’s e-mail message to Lain proposed that we interview him on our own podcast. We assured him that “we will extend to you the same degree of fairness, collegiality, courtesy, and accuracy that you extended to us” when he recently interviewed representatives of MHI.
A Swedish podcaster recently leveled false and harmful charges against Marxist-Humanist Initiative, on social media and in a message to us. Our response appears in the link below, along with the message to which it responds. Names of individuals have been edited out to protect the innocent. If you have seen or heard others discuss the accusations against us, please make them aware of our response.
–– Executive Committee of Marxist-Humanist Initiative, January 17, 2017