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Posted on 02/21/2006 5:50:12 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4
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Wow! Thanks for posting this. I've never read anything like this before.
Outstanding post. Used to be kicked around here previously.
I totally agree. Wasn't Hill's mysterious Master's thesis on Alinsky? Seems I read about it somewhere.
New to me.
The postmodern version of Marx is highly emotional largely because it is deliberately too obscure to admit of precise logical analysis. Emotion turns out to be as powerful a motivator in politics as it is elsewhere in the life of men and women, but this particular set of emotions does not represent humanity's finer moments - it consists of pure distilled envy and of hatred, specifically hatred for success and its dismissal as mere theft from the unsuccessful.
It is the latter that explains the rationalization behind redistribution. That is Marx's last malign gift to a society he hated because it didn't conform to his fantasies. Those fantasies outlived him because their bases of hatred and envy are basic to the human condition.
The author says this like it would be a bad thing or something. But seriously, we nuked two major cities less barely more than 60 years ago and I don't see any horror echoing anywhere.
In fact I see a vibrant Japan with a pretty strong economy.
Other than that, I don't disagree with much this person has to say.
N, you might be interested in this take on it.
Found it on Winds of Change
Thanks for posting this.
There's a certain 'elephant in the livng room' that no one cares to see, not even the admin moderators of this board. Who dares to address the consequences of such a 'wake up call'? Or, for that matter, what we will have to do in order to preserve our civilization?
Interesting observations. Yes, Marxism and modern 'social democrats' pander to the "Mommy" state while real conservatism demands grown-up individual responsibility, a much harder thing to sell. While Republicans have bent much too far toward the "mommies," the Democrat Party is premised on hatred, envy, equal outcomes independent of effort or ability: all things that exploit immature human impulses.
One sad fact is what dedicated socialist George Orwell pointed out so well: such political systems are almost predetermined to become totalitarian. The real test in the current world, begining with Iraq, is whether liberty based on principles of individualism can survive. Ironically there's a great longing in the mass of people to be 'protected' and told what to do by a czar, monarch, dictator or commisar. The despotically-minded, like Hillary, are only too happy to fill that role.
Right you are. I always listen to ex-Marxists on the issue because they've put forth the skull sweat to master the topic and it's always interesting to find out what the key event was that tore it for them. Orwell, for one. Hitchens, Amis, and of course Sidney Hook and Whittaker Chambers. And a fellow named Thomas Sowell as well. His book on Marxism is simply the best short treatment of that topic I've run into in a long time.
"Witness" is one of the most remarkable autobiographical/historical/literary works in the American canon. If only it could be required reading for every high school graduate in the U.S.!
I think David Horowitz has done yeoman work too. A 'don't miss' on my own list is Gen. Walter Krivitsky's "Stalin's Secret Service: Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect." In a national security blunder of cosmic proportions, he was never even interviewed by the FBI prior to his 1941 assassination by the KGB in Washington D.C.!
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