Re: SOC/BIO: Rifkin on Human Genetic Engineering in the LA Times

Date: Sun Feb 06 2000 - 15:34:37 MST

In a message dated 2/6/00 4:11:50 PM Central Standard Time,

> Greg, I think your piece has too many claims and not enough support. I
> with almost everything you say, but I think somebody with no strong
> on Rifkin or cloning would just blip over it. Opponents of Rifkin will
> little useful new information - they can already assert Rifkin's flaws.

I'd love to have the time and resources to engage in a well-researched
fact-based agitprop campaign against the Rifkinites, but I don't. Instead,
my only goal in the letter I sent to the Times was to 1) let the reader
unaware of Rifkin's identity (and there will be many) know that he has a
stake in the extreme positions he takes, 2) that he has been extreme for a
long time and 3) that the rhetoric of his piece hides the logic of
totalitarianism. In the format of a "letter to the editor", as you point
out, there's space for little else.
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