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Name Changes

September 7, 2009

For Immediate Release [first published on September 7, 2009]

Effective immediately, The League to Fight Neurelitism is The Collective to Fight Neurelitism. Additionally, the founding director of The League to Fight Neurelitism becomes the founding organizer of The Collective to Fight Neurelitism. Considering that the web identity of this project has been established under its now previous designation, arriving at the decision to make our twin name changes was certainly not easy.

We have been The League to Fight Neurelitism since our inception more than two years ago. While this duration would be quite brief in many other contexts, on the Internet, considering its comparative newness as a communications medium, two years continues to be a relatively long period of time. Nonetheless, following careful reflection, it was determined that the noun collective more closely conveys our methods and our purposes than league.

From the date of this project’s conception, our grounding has been in a recently minted social scientific approach called new critical theory. Although Marxist in background, new critical theory adds, depending upon the particular social theorist, certain themes out of postmodernism, poststructuralism, critical pragmatism, social constructionism, and so on.

To be precise, our view is that normative constructions of “collective,” as in Marxist collectivization (and related usages), and of “organizer,” when used after the fashion of a union organizer, are considerably more in keeping with our Marxist sociological moorings than a “league” and a “director.” In any event, notwithstanding the reasons offered for these two modifications, we hope that they do not significantly inconvenience anyone.

Respectfully submitted,

Mark A. Foster, Ph.D.
Founding Organizer,
The Collective to Fight Neurelitism


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