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The 13 Feb 1998 post from firstname.lastname@example.org, which eventually cites as a source for its allegations about the Moonies "Robert Perry and the Consortium" but not the identity of "dxmivi", which I would like to know, represents classic smear tactics of guilt by association. The author has taken a part of a lengthy post that placed my involvement with Paragon House in perspective and extensively edited it, even to the extent of cutting out the most important sentences found therein. The author also attacks Peter Coveney, who is an outstanding human being and someone utterly underserving of these gross and immoral assaults. If anyone has been looking for a case study in propagandistic techniques, I offer a pure example from "Deja News". My comments are indented below.
Fetzer and Moonies
Fri, 13 Feb 1998 01:01:19 -0600
Deja News Posting Service
James Fetzer has supplied additional information about his association with the Moonies. He acknowledges that he knows that the publisher of several of his books, Paragon House, is owned by the Moonies. Jim Fetzer states:
This paragraph puts a subtle twist on my response, which was open
and chock-full of information about my publishing activities,
including two more books for Paragon, ten for Kluwer Academic
Publishers (with an eleventh forthcoming), one for Rowman &
Allanheld, two forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and of
course the new book, ASSASSINATION SCIENCE, from Open Court. It
also elaborates upon my editorial work, including co-editing SYNTHESE
and editing MINDS AND MACHINES, as well as serving as the series
editor of two book series, STUDIES IN COGNITIVE SYSTEMS and
EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY. (See my previous post, "Re: Professor
Fetzer & Paragon House" 11 Feb 1998, for more information.)
Considering how much more I have published with Kluwer, I would
have thought that Deja News would want to investigate them!
All of this information, however, has been edited out by Deja News
to create a false impression that my publishing revolves about
Paragon House, which is not true.
"With respect to Paragon House, I was initially contacted by two respected philosophers, John Roth of Claremont Graduate School and Frederick Sontag of Pomona College, who were editing a series of textbooks for undergradu- ates, asking if I might be interested in authoring an introduction to the field of cognitive science. I liked the idea and soon found myself work- ing with an excellent in-house editor, Peter Coveney, now the Executive Editor of M.E. Sharpe, Inc., of Armonk, New York. When I discovered the house was owned by the Moonies, I had a lengthy talk with Peter, who as- sured me that the publishing house was independent of any editorial con- trol from the Moonies."
George Bush has assured the world that The Washington Times is also independent from editorial control of the Moonies and Sun Myung Moon. As we shall see later in this post, this is obviously not the case. It seems that persons on this news group do not realize the significance of an association with a Moonie-owned propaganda organization. This is not an exercise in character assassination and there is no intent to imply guilt by association in this message. Jim Fetzer may not realize what it means to be welcomed into the stable of Moonie-endorsed authors. If he does not, this may serve to enlighten him. If, on the other hand, he knows and does not care, then everyone should view his writings with suspicion, no matter what the subject matter may be.
I am sure relieved to learn that "This is not an exercise in character
assassination and there is no intent to imply guilt by
association in this message"! And what does Geoge Bush
have to do with my books? "Jim Fetzer may not realize what
it means to be welcomed into the stable of Moonie-endorsed
authors." Of course, I have also been welcomed into the stable
of Kluwer-endorsed authors, of Rowman & Allanheld-endorsed
authors, of Oxford University Press-endorsed authors, and of
Open Court-endorsed authors! So what exactly does that mean
in any of these cases? I find it fascinating, moreover, that
the quotation from my response to the original Deja News
post EDITED OUT THE MOST IMPORTANT SENTENCES:
"Many publishers and other media outlets are owned
by corporations with quite diverse interests, of course,
and everyone in a situation like this must decide what
to do for themselves. I stayed with Paragon and have now
published five Paragon books."
Here are some examples of the reasoning exemplified
in this post: As I understand it, Dominos Pizza is
owned by a family that is opposed to abortion and funds
anti-abortion activities. Those who order Dominos Pizzas,
therefore, must be (conscious or unconscious) tools of the
anti-abortion movement! NBC Television, as I understand it,
is owned by General Electric, a corporation that has in the
past managed to pay no (or practically no) corporate taxes
for decades. Those who watch programs on NBC must therefore
be (conscious or unconscious) tools of anti-government
policies, since without tax revenues, there can be no
government! Most corporations--related to publishing or
not--have diverse interests, and each of us must decide
what to do in each instance. Special interest (in this
case, anti-Moonie) groups seem to have no scruples at all
in their efforts to promote their message, even to the
extent of advancing baseless smears of American citizens
in the exercise of their rights (such as, in this instance,
the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press)
when they are not in sufficient agreement with their own
narrowly-defined point of view!
Fetzer says he believed Mr. Coveney's assurances that Paragon House was "independent" of Moonie control. He may believe this, but it is not necessarily true, and just because he says he believes this, does not exclude the possibility that he knows that they are not independent. There is also the possibility that Coveney was deliberately misleading Fetzer.
This is a particularly offense example of the propagandistic
smear. Peter Coveney is an outstanding human being whom I know
very well. My experience is completely consistent with the his
assurance that the house is NOT under Moonie EDITORIAL CONTROL.
Certainly, in my experience--which has now extended over about
ten years--there has been absolutely NO EFFORT by any member of
the editorial staff to exert any improper influence of any kind!
I have witnessed absolutely NO Moonie influence WHATSOEVER
regarding any of the books that I have published or that others
have published in the same book series.
Let me illustrate how insideous is the line of reasoning
that is being used by dxmivi: Mother Teresa says that her work
for the poor is intended to further their spiritual well-being.
Mother Teresa may believe this, but it is not necessarily true,
and just because Mother Teresa says she believes this does not
exclude the possibility that Mother Teresa knows that this is
not the case. There is also the possibility that Mother Teresa
is deliberately misleading everyone who receives her posts in
order to promote her own agenda. This kind of argument can be
used on almost anyone about anything.
Fetzer also says that he believes that Paragon House is not profitable. He states:
"Publishing is a mixed bag for the Moonies, as I understand it, however, since Paragon appears to lose money."
I went on to say, "Our relations have been completely
professional"! dxmivi could now repeat his argument of before
by claiming, Fetzer may believe this, but it is not necessarily
true, and just because Fetzer says he believes this does not
exclude the possibility that Fetzer knows this is not the case.
There is also the possibility that Fetzer is deliberately
misleading everyone who may ever receive his posts in order
to promote the Moonie agenda! (It must be useful to have
all-purpose, off-the-shelf, smears!)
It can, of course, also be turned on dxmivi. Consider:
dxmivi says this is not an exercise in character assassination
and there is no intent to imply guilt by association in this
message. He may believe this, but it is not necessarily true,
and just because dxmivi says he believes this does not exclude
the possibility that he knows that this is untrue. There is
also the possibility that dxmivi is deliberately misleading
everyone who receives his posts.
If Paragon House looses money, that does not mean that it isn't worth the loss, if it furthers the propaganda purposes of the Moonie cult. It also may be a useful write-off for the Moon organization, if it is a money looser. If it does make money, and Fetzer seems uncertain about this, it supports the cult and its "goals" with its financial gains.
Great! If it makes money, then that's good for the Moonies,
and if it loses money, then that's good for the Moonies, too!
So no matter what the situation, it must be good for the Moonies!
All I can say--and I am not the Paragon House accountant, so I
cannot make assertions with certainty--is that my experience with
Paragon House suggests to me that Paragon is, in fact, a money loser.
Let's look at the circumstances of the acquisition of Paragon House by the Moonies. The following excerpt was taken from: http://WWW.PWPA.ORG/Congress/1stcong.html
Here followed an extremely long message about the Moonies
that I have deleted insofar as it has nothing to do with me,
except insofar as I am not conforming to the expressed wishes
and desires of dxmivi and Deja News! They are attacking me
because I am not doing what they want me to do! My freedom of
association, freedom of speech, and freedom of publication are
under assault! When they are done with me, they will come for you!
Jim Fetzer has been selected to be part of the Moonie information machine. He may not know how evil Rev. Moon is. He may think that Paragon House is free from control, but that is not the case. Every author who is selected and invited to write for them is seen as an integral part of the Moonie agenda. I will not accuse Fetzer of deliberately and knowingly furthering that agenda, but, if he has any conscience, he will immediately disassociate himself from their efforts to "create a just and harmonious world order" (Moon's words).
He should break away from Moon's "vision" that "included the creation of a worldwide publishing program, of which Paragon House Publishers has become the center of this effort." (Quote from Moonie site).
Our thanks to Robert Parry and the Consortium, where much of this material exposing the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Professors World Peace Academy, International Cultural Foundation and Paragon House was found. Visit them at: http://www.delve.com/consort.html
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Just think about it! I am a university professor with
tenure who is paid to conduct teaching and research on the
basis of my best scholarly abilities. If I were now to kowtow
to the self-serving demands of dxmivi and Deja News, it would
represent the abdication of every principle of academic freedom
for which higher education in the United States is supposed
to stand. I cannot abide a narrow special interest group of
this kind deliberately subjecting American citizens to slanderous
attacks for exercising their Constitutional freedoms and rights!
Something extremely dangerous is going on here, but it has little
to do with me or my Paragon publications.
James H. Fetzer
University of Minnesota
Duluth, MN 55812