It is opportunistic to claim to be struggling against the conditions that one is actually reproducing

“You cannot say it all in three columns of text. You can only sketch things out, and so have to expect misunderstandings, one-sidedness. What if this paper were to really open up to discussions, really listen to how people across the land are criticizing its articles, fearless and unedited? It is opportunistic to claim to be struggling against the conditions that one is actually reproducing. It is opportunistic to use the methods that stabilize a system and claim to be seeking change. It is opportunistic to clamp down on editorial freedoms and the extra-parliamentary opposition and cave into the market, i.e., to profits. It is opportunistic to limit the anti-authoritarian position to the authoritarian form of the column.”

– Ulrike Meinhof, Columnism, 1968.

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