Monday, October 27, 2008

Sarah Palin the Marxist?

From the New Yorker:

"One of the reasons Palin has been a popular governor is that she added an extra twelve hundred dollars to this year’s check, bringing the per-person total to $3,269. A few weeks before she was nominated for Vice-President, she told a visiting journalist—Philip Gourevitch, of this magazine—that “we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.” Perhaps there is some meaningful distinction between spreading the wealth and sharing it (“collectively,” no less), but finding it would require the analytic skills of Karl the Marxist."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Marxist Podcasts

Reading Karl Marx is back in vogue. I have seen a number of news articles that have spotlighted the increased sales of Marxist literature. I would encourage every one to read Marx.

I can't think of anything better than a podcast dedicated to "Reading Karl Marx's Capital."

The podcast comes from David Harvey. You can find it here. Harvey has been teaching a class on reading Capital for decades. He knows his stuff. He also has an enjoyable speaking voice. He strays from a pure "textual" rendition of Capital and included a wide range of sophisticated techniques of analysis.

If you would like to "listen" to Capital on your own you can listen to a terrific version here.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Marx was born today May 5th. Here are some links celebrating his birthday.



imperfect world

And here

Monday, April 14, 2008

Marx and Obama "The Mask Slips" - New York Times

Right Wing crazy man William Kristol's article The Mask Slips - New York Times.

A short read with pithy remarks like "The Marx-Engels Reader, edited by Robert C. Tucker — a book that was assigned in thousands of college courses in the 1970s and 80s, and that now must lie, unopened and un-remarked upon, on an awful lot of rec-room bookshelves. "

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Karl Marx as AD MAN

Nigel Beale writes at the Guardian Unlimited that Karl Marx could have been the best advertising man of all time. Beale takes a look at the Communist Manifesto as ad copy and gives his take.

"First off, it doesn't waffle. It goes straight to the point. It's specific. It contains facts. It's enthusiastic, memorable and brutally honest. It speaks to its audience with passion and understanding. It attracts attention. It is concise and easily understood. Its message is straightforward and unambiguous. It eloquently expresses the major concern of its target audience, and provides a compelling solution."

What I enjoyed the most from this article was Beale's contention that the Manifesto's real purpose was to "brand" Communism, correctly.

Monday, February 18, 2008