Some may think it presumptuous for a working class activist to criticize the analyses of eminent scholars. But to my mind, holding up others as omniscient gurus is a sure road to losing your way. Those who want to change the world have to learn how to think for themselves. It’s true scholars have studied issues in depth. But so have many of us & for just as long, in some cases longer. In addition, we have been part of building the social movements which they analyze & one learns things in activism that are not taught in textbooks. Respect is a two-way street; deference is a one-way dead-end.