(6:28) “Lenin didn’t tolerate any differences at all starting with Bakunin. . . . the only people that Lenin finally admired were quite successful capitalists because they had accomplished in the capitalist world what he was seeking to accomplish, in that uniformity and complete hierarchical, repressive, and unforgiving system that in many ways just became a form of state capitalism.”
(19:20) “instead you surround it with silence”
millions of words for a yes or a no embedded in the tone and implications, ruled in advance. is it good for the money, yes or no? the money doesn’t want anything to do with pessimism. you can have your millions of words so long as you are saying a yes to some denomination, any denomination, of the monies
“we are convinced that liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; and that socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality”
worker owned cooperatives
The Western Illusion of Human Nature, Sahlins
“The affinal relationship is thus a real-life, experiential form of the great mystical predicament of the human condition: that people truly depend on sui generis powers of vitality and mortality of which they are neither the authors or the masters, powers rather that exist outside their own self-organized communities. If people did control their own existence, they would not die.” (47-8)
“(Hey dude, whatever happened to the milk of human kindness?) A lot of this so-called realism was being directed against the unruly masses by members of the possessing classes, who could agree with Madison (and John Locke) that the preservation of property was the first object of government. Here was the class opposition between the people and the aristoi that Jefferson had taken as something for the ages. Aside from the old landed proprietors, the American nouveau aristocracy included the commercial and financial grandees of the cities. Many of them had a healthy fear of the agitations of the poor against their wealth and privilege in the name of liberty, equality and democracy—known to them, however, as license or mob rule. The demands for the cancellation of debts (an issue leading to violence in the Shays Rebellion), the threats to property in populist state legislatures and the broad sentiments for its equal distribution, the rage for paper money: such ‘furry of democracy’ had to be restrained, Edmund Randolph told the Constitutional Convention. For although it was generally acknowledged that the people were sovereign, it was also more or less conceded that they should not govern. . . . this contradiction between popular sovereignty and democracy was only an aspect of the even larger contradiction between the Founders’ fear of a naturally rapacious self-interest and their desire, as men of property and enterprise, to write it into the Constitution. ” (76-7)
“By the twentieth century the worst in us had become the best. Of course for the American revolutionaries, self-interest in the form of each person’s pursuit of happiness was already a God-given right. In the logical sequel, possessive individualism was conflated with basic freedom. What St. Augustine had perceived as slavery and indeed divine punishment, man’s endless subservience to desires of the flesh, the neo-conservative politicians and most Kansans take to be the bedrock freedom.” (86-7)
“In the received Western folklore, the ‘savage’ (them) is to the ‘civilized’ (us) as nature to culture and body to mind. Yet in the anthropological fact, nature and body are the ground of the human condition for us; for them it is culture and mind. To adapt a phrase penned by Lévi-Strauss in reference to an analogous context, who then does more credit to the human race?” (103)
SACCO’S LETTER TO HIS SON
If nothing happens they will electrocute us right after midnight
Therefore here I am, right with you, with love and with open heart,
As I was yesterday.
Don’t cry, Dante, for many, many tears have been wasted,
As your mother’s tears have been already wasted for seven years,
And never did any good
So son, instead of crying, be strong, be brave
So as to be able to comfort your mother.
And when you want to distract her from the discouraging soleness
You take her for a long walk in the quiet countryside,
Gathering flowers here and there.
And resting under the shade of trees, beside the music of the waters,
The peacefulness of nature, she will enjoy it very much,
As you will surely too.
But son, you must remember; Don’t use all yourself.
But down yourself, just one step, to help the weak ones at your side.
The weaker ones, that cry for help, the persecuted and the victim.
They are your friends, friends of yours and mine, they are the comrades that fight,
Yes and sometimes fall.
Just as your father, your father and Bartolo have fallen,
Have fought and fell yesterday. for the conquest of joy,
Of freedom for all.
In the struggle of life you’ll find, you’ll find more love.
And in the struggle, you will be loved also.
“As soon as the number of individuals between whom social relationships are established is greater, men can only maintain their position by specializing more, working harder, and stimulating their faculties to excess. From this general stimulation there inevitably arises a higher level of culture. Viewed in this light civilization thus appears not as a goal that motivates people through the attraction it exerts upon them, nor as some good they dimly perceive and desire beforehand, of which they seek by every means to possess the largest possible share. Rather it is the effect of a cause, the necessary resultant of a given state. It is not the pole to which historical development is oriented, and to which men seek to draw closer in order to become happier or better, for neither happiness nor morality necessarily increase with the intensity to which life is lived.” – The Division of Labor in Society, 276
Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen!
“But the motives Gellately found were banal—greed, jealousy, and petty differences”
“And then there were those who informed because for the first time in their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what they said.”