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uziq
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i don’t think anyone thinks of lenin or trotsky as ‘brutes’. they were echt intellectuals of their time. brutal in some of their conduct and political decisions, certainly, but both came from a scholarly and philosophical background.

lenin was a school teacher for his formative years wasn’t he? entirely different from the country rube from georgia, stalin, who had to make do with the local religious education as a way to get to the imperial centre.

Last edited by uziq (2021-10-12 23:09:16)

SuperJail Warden
Gone Forever
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I would say "many people think of them as brutes" but of course I would be referring to pig people.

I like the book so far. It is obviously bias, etc. But it reads well. I can see why it was included on the list of 'Great Books'. I rather read this than some equally long book published by a university press that is boring.
https://i.imgur.com/xsoGn9X.jpg
uziq
Member
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lenin, marx, trotsky, lúkacs, gramsci, etc. all have lots of good things to say. great theorists and political philosophers. first wave marxists were obviously plugged in to hegelian philosophy as well as emerging materialist disciplines (empiricism/positivism). far from brutes.

stalin and mao in comparison were basically pamphleteers. their ‘doctrine’ was patched together, cribbed notes and bad rewrites. like how saddam wrote a book expounding his ‘philosophy’. that’s stretching it a bit.

Last edited by uziq (2021-10-14 01:31:06)

uziq
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a nice feel-good piece from the nerd-in-chief and all-round shakespearean, patrick stewart.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl … -saved-him

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