DAVID AMES CURTIS

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First Statement of David Ames Curtis
concerning the announcement of the
PDF electronic publication of
Cornelius Castoriadis's
The Rising Tide of Insignificancy (The Big Sleep)


Dear www.notbored.org:

Thank you for your announcement of the PDF electronic publication of Cornelius Castoriadis's The Rising Tide of Insignificancy (The Big Sleep) <http://www.notbored.org/RTI.pdf>. As with other electronic versions of Castoriadis texts -- for example the electronic partial reprint of "Power, Politics, Autonomy"
<http://www.anarchy-movement.org/anarchist.php?ID=7> -- the information you have sent us shall be posted. Noted is the "Notice," which urges worldwide shared distribution of this electronic book, using a "pyramid scheme" whereby each individual, on his or her own initiative, would contact ten persons or organizations about this publication, with a free-will donation sent to the Castoriadis family.

I have also read the Foreword to this electronic edition and find it accurate as concerns my own self. As for the "Association Cornelius Castoriadis" established by the Castoriadis family, the description in this Foreword of its moral and organizational failings strikes me as, if anything, too mild in light of their abuse and misuse of the person's name it has adopted as its own. Information is currently being gathered that, if confirmed, would make the accusations lodged so far pale by comparison.

Allow me to state here, however, my continuing feelings of love for Zoe, Sparta, and Cybele Castoriadis as well as my profound regret and deep sadness with respect to the embarrassing and disturbing situation in which they have knowingly and willingly placed themselves. In addition, the word "heartbroken" has accurately depicted my feelings with regard to Pierre Vidal-Naquet and his failure to keep his word, not once but many times over since Cornelius Castoriadis's death six years ago; I had thought better of him.

Allow me also to take the opportunity to express once again my admiration for _Not Bored_'s trilogy of serious appreciations of the work of Cornelius Castoriadis:

Bill Brown. "Workers' Councils, Cornelius Castoriadis and the SI." Not Bored!, 26 (November 1996): 44-53.
http://www.notbored.org/councils.html

Bill Brown. "Cornelius Castoriadis, 1922 to 1997" (review of PSW 3). Not Bored!, 29 (July 1998): 64-69.
http://www.notbored.org/castoriadis.html

Bill Brown. "Strangers in the Night...." Not Bored!, 31 (June 1999): 74-83.
http://www.notbored.org/strangers.html

I am posting this reply at: <http://perso.wanadoo.fr/www.kaloskaisophos.org/rt/rtdac/rtdacrtistatement1.html> for the record.

Yours in the struggle,

David Ames Curtis