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  •  Has anyone seen the Howard Zinn play, (1+ / 0-)
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    SouthernLiberalinMD

    "Marx in Soho"?

    It's funny. We all grew up here thinking the Russians are the great masters of propaganda. But as an adult I view America's use of it is to be even more pernicious, subtle and crafty as it is, with its subliminal orders to stay on the consumer treadmill while shopping slavishly, embrace self-interest and gulp down mouthfuls of American Exceptionalism as part of the education system's indoctrination process.

    I never knew a thing about Marx, Communism, Socialism, etc, aside from that they were "evil" things to be universally disparaged and not spoken of. Then I went to college and took a sociology course freshman year and after hearing the basic tenets of communism, though, the basic idea is wonderful - why such a vehement backlash? One never hears a serious debate/discussion in the mainstream media about its virtues (or those of socialism, which seems more attainable), it's only dismissed out of hand with no further consideration (propaganda again). But that reflexive antipathy toward it (especially socialism) seems to be softening when the theories are explained, and especially as our capitalist system shows all signs of destruction and disaster.

    Zinn's play about Marx, delivered brilliantly as a one-man play by NYC teacher and activist Brian Jones, is a dignifying, humanizing portrayal of a man whose very name sends people here into spams of fright and anger.

    May go a long way in representing him not only as a thoughtful, dedicated family man, but how humanistic and compassionate his theories were then and how sensible and prescient they seem now.

    "Human history began with an act of disobedience, and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience." Erich Fromm

    by thirty three and a third on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 08:46:35 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for this, didn't know it existed. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Sure once I was young and impulsive, I wore every conceivable pin. Even went to socialist meetings, learned all the old union hymns. Ah, but I've grown older and wiser. And that's why I'm turning you in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 01:44:05 PM PDT

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