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Why Send It To Washington When You Can Send It To Baghdad?
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From: babyiwasshot Date: January 30th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like to think of myself as a marxist, but I'm NOT a leninist and I do not believe that the "step" of industrialization/capitalism can be skipped in creating a socialist government. The best "socialist" governments in the world today were once wealthy and INDUSTRIAL; hardcore capitalism is a NECESSARY step in a society's development towards socialism. The progression is feudalism--->capitalism--->socialism, and the middle step CAN'T be skipped.

Lenin, for all his faults, had the brilliant motto: "the worse, the better," meaning that the indignities of each social system prompt the populace they govern to lash-out for the change (buzzword alert) that helps them "hop" to the next level of development. Thus, what countries in africa and latin america NEED is capitalism, and the only way they get capitalism is through EDUCATION.

In light of this, then, we see that the money of the super-philanthropists and the NGOs is misplaced anyway; focus of EDUCATION! That's the only way people in feudal societies "advance" to capitalism (and, later on, to socialism*). Before a country can have an infastructure MANAGED AND MAINTAINED by the people whom it effects, said people need to (a) truly comprehend the value of good infastructure and (b) KNOW how to build/maintain one.

Neo-colonial subversion/meddling notwithstanding, the reason that regions like Latin America, for instance, do so poorly is that the leaders who CARE about the people aren't educated enough to run a government well (Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez, etc.)--which, most importantly, entails DELEGATING tasks to EXPERTS in specific areas (transportation, economy, social policy), rather than managing it ALL (no matter how educated; one can't know everything about EVERY aspect of domestic policy well-enough to run a government) on their own. Even when said experts/administrators are well-educated (most of the "higher ups" in latin american governments were educated at prestigious american schools; those in africa were educated at prestigious BRITISH schools), that won't mean ANYTHING until THE PEOPLE are educated enough to realize that going along with the proposals of the phi-beta-kappas is the best possible course.





*America, in fact, is arguably on the cusp betwixt capitalism and socialism; there's a general indignation so widespread that the government will be forced to become somewhat more socialist (e.g. the push for universal health-care).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 30th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree with your argument here, though I might choose different points to argument. A long time ago I wrote a piece along similar lines. It occasioned my favorite "fan mail" ever, a terse note of approval from sci-fi author and then-Wired columnist Bruce Sterling, from his "well.com" address.
From: babyiwasshot Date: January 30th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
though I might choose different points to argument

hahahah THIS is the problem underlying my whole academic career. I don't think in an ORGANIZED fashion. I can come up with good ideas lightning quick, but it's often difficult for me to trace the path by which I arrived at my conclusions. To me, the conclusions are key, not the argument; when I analyze other arguments, for example, I don't do so based on evidence presented so much as whether it LOGICALLY makes sense (TO ME) after pondering it for a bit. I mean: look at my SYNTAX: commas everywhere, CIRCUMLOCUTION....It really feels like speaking another language sometimes; some people just can't understand my writing.

It's a really "german" affliction. I'm like kant/hegel; I'll "stream-of-consciousness" an argument and leave the burden of organizing/collating it into something fluvial and cogent on the reader, which BACKFIRES (big time) with certain instructors--over the years I've learned to DROP any class taught by teachers who laud Strunk&White; I can't conform to the ENGLISH manner of presenting an argument;

I'm dialectical; I don't think in a straight line like some instructors; I think in oscillation, back-and-forth, verbally arguing with myself, which (fortunately) is a "Style" of thinking guys like you can comprehend.

...not to say I can't write a cogent essay, but it takes a TON of time/labor.
From: babyiwasshot Date: January 30th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Within this culture, however, there is a subgrouping particularly invested in this 'edge'. There are number of potential names for this category, but I think Adam Parfrey's 1987 collection Apocalypse Culture provides the most appropriate, since it embraces the extreme within the supposed extremity of alternative culture and includes cultural productions fascinated with everything that seems to herald the disintegration of civilization as we know it (including their own fascination!): serial killers and mass murderers, eccentric David Koresh-like prophets of the apocalypse, abnormal sexual practices, the emergence of nostalgia for a pre-civilization tribalism, the unapologetic fringe of the drug culture, conspiracy theories that explain, however bizarrely, how everything is coming apart, etc.

You should apply this to Palahniuk, particularly Fight Club (other examples; Twelve Monkeys, anything unique to the whole "portland" subculture)

Frankly, the whole anarcho-primitivism thing fascinates me, probably because it's a quasi-philosophical expression of my subconscious desire to "transcend" (or rather just DO AWAY WITH) traditional morality--pure Nietzsche.

Really, Nietzsche's the go-to source that enables one to understand EVERYTHING postmodern or "hyper-marginal."

All really RADICAL fictional characters are aspirants to the state of the "übermensch": Mr./Col. Kurtz, Tyler Durden, Dexter (from the showtime series)...even the recent character of Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.
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