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11/02/2012

David Ames Curtis disproves false claims by Takis Fotopoulos about Noam Chomsky, the Faurisson case and himself (EXCLUSIVE)

David Ames Curtis

David Ames Curtis

A few days ago, I received a fascinating e-missive from Mr. David Ames Curtis. In this post I will reproduce it, since it includes an explicit permission to do so. This e-mail demonstrates with fact-based rationalism, that (among other things) contrary to Takis Fotopoulos’ claims, Mr. Curtis never demanded Noam Chomsky to “be removed from the International Advisory Board of the journal ‘Democracy and Nature'”.

For example, Mr. Curtis stated

Anyone reading http://www.agorainternational.org/dnweb1.html , with its added footnote 18a, can easily see that, contrary to Takis’s made-up claims, there was never any demand on my part that Noam Chomsky—whose position on Robert Faurisson I criticized (though, of course, not on the basis of any sort of anti-free-speech stance on my part)—be removed from the Democracy & Nature International Advisory Board (IAB).

(Mr. Curtis’ e-mail is reproduced in full, below).

English: A portrait of Noam Chomsky that I too...

However, despite some wild claims against me, as well, persistently expressed by Takis Fotopoulos, who wrote several times that I am a “hooded internet-gangster” and a “master-slanderer” conspiring with others against him, trying to undermine his reputation (etc.) I… quite frankly don’t give a damn about “undermining the reputation” of Takis Fotopoulos!  🙂 

The only reason I am posting the following e-missive is intellectual consistency: -A desire to discover and restore the truth, about what really happened, as much as possible. At this stage (or at the time of writing) I don’t even feel the need to state my conclusions in detail, since -after all- Mr. Curtis presents and substantiates his side of the story quite eloquently; making what follows a fascinating piece to  read, full of valuable information, as well as… amusing wit -in the end:

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19/01/2012

David Ames Curtis: Takis Fotopoulos has simply made up an invidious scenario in his head and stated it as fact, without any support

David Ames Curtis, a close collaborator of Cornelius Castoriadis during the last 13 years of Castoriadis’s life, has been a professional translator of Castoriadisʼ works who is meticulously concerned about accuracy and clarity in the translations of Castoriadis, as well as about their availability to the general public. He is a person of high integrity, as I discovered by carefully examining a lot of evidence. Curtis’s dedication to furthering the “Autonomy Project” (as elucidated by, among others, Cornelius Castoriadis) as well as, more specifically, his desire and willingness to work wth others to provide the general public with free and reliable access to information about Castoriadisʼs writings and ideas so that members of the public may form their own judgments and formulate their own responses, can be easily verified by anyone bothering to read (very simple) evidence.

David Ames Curtis

David Ames Curtis

English: Cornelius Castoriadis

Takis Fotopoulos

Takis Fotopoulos

So, I recently contacted Mr. Curtis, to find out the truth about certain… strange allegations, hurled against him by Takis Fotopoulos. Those allegations were expressed as parts of a… ghastly e-mail I had received from Takis Fotopoulos recently (together with insults, slanderous abuse, implicit legal threats and a ridiculous threat of… incessantly harassing me, personally, till I “sue him” so that my… “real identity is revealed). An English translation of all this, together with other relevant facts (in English) was the topic of a previous post in my “Meta-blogging blog” (click here… for the beer).

Well, David Ames Curtis replied immediately, and then in more detail (after my English translations were verified).

I now feel satisfied that everything has been elucidated,  but I remain open to further rational, fact-based arguments.

The following e-mail messages, from Mr. Curtis express verifiable conclusions, that I also reached (but with important additional details that could only be provided by him), so I am reproducing them  here, by permission.

(Please note: If anyone wishes to contact me in private, my preferred e-mail is omadeon AT gmail.com).

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