The issue in question was the author's claim that parapolitical conspiracy theorists are a) barking mad, and b) diverting resources from much more important work; specifically the overthrow of the capitalist system which, as always, is just around the corner
The author is a fan of Marx, as are some friends of mine.
I'm not. First and foremost because Marx was far too keen on centralised state power for my tastes
However, I appreciate that many people are interested in Marxism because it appears to offer a path to a fairer world and I'm not going to trash people for wanting that
As I've already commented elsewhere, one of the biggest clues that Marxists may be barking up the wrong tree with their centralising ideology and their demonisation of those of us who believe that individuals shape the world as much as impersonal socio-economic forces, is the amount of time the corporate media devotes to rubbishing parapolitical conspiracy theories (lots) compared to the amount of time it devotes to attacking Marxism (none)
All of the above is just an intro to me linking to a video clip of Noam Chomsky (I've linked to it before) talking about conspiracy theories and 9/11. The bulk of the clip consists of Chomsky spouting pseudo-scientific bullcrap, leading up to the punchline of the piece and Chomsky's thoughts on 9/11 scepticism (3:45)...
which goes a long way to illustrating why contemporary Marxism/ 'Hard' Left ideology isn't scaring any bad guys. Far from it
edit: and thanks to anon who posted a link to this vid of Peter Dale Scott presenting a counter viewpoint to the guff Chomsky's been coming out with...
and whilst on the subject of individuals shaping the world, someone dropped me an email yesterday (thanks G.) to make me aware of the latest edit to David de Rothschild's Wikipedia entry - it's still up there, for now (clickies)
editing David's bio is rapidly turning into a popular Internet passtime for all the family
Maybe people are being a little hard on him. Imagine finding out for the very first time, probably whilst still a child, that you've been born into a dynasty that has been accused of scheming, funding and profiting from all of the world's wars since before Napoleon. It must have come as quite a shock to the system. That, and the big black demon hound following you everywhere...