Mudcat Café message #123477 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4716   Message #123477
Posted By: M. Ted (inactive)
13-Oct-99 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
To be serious, or at least more serious, I believe that I heard Bill Moyers discuss Campbell's anti-semitism-- on "Fresh Air" at the time his series on Campbell was originally aired--Terry Gross, who was aware that there had been sensitivities expressed, asked Moyer pointedly about it, and Moyer responded that Campbell had acknowledged that he was raised in an atmosphere where anti-semitism was expressed and accepted, and that he had carried it with him into his adulthood--Campbell had renounced it, and worked to overcome it in himself--

You may or may not choose to accept that someone who is a self-acknowledged anti-semite can change, for my part, I don't care enough about Campbell for it to matter to me--

I can say that as far as Ezra Pound is concerned, (who, although off-topic, was both more important as a writer than Campbell, and far more noted in his anti-semitiscm) I was greatly relieved to learn that toward the end of his life, he acknowledged that his anti-semitism, and his advocacy of Mussolini and the Fascists, had been wrong--