From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Wed Mar 29 2006 - 14:42:21 EST
Oops, I forgot to note of course that Lenin wrote about the "omnipotence" of Marxism also under conditions of a brutal world war (and police repression), and there's nothing like a military war to drive men to extremes, or make them cling to something which provides a hope, confidence or faith where it's needed. One has to read these old writings in context, obviously. But the concept of an "integral world outlook" that had to be hammered into people to vanquish "every form of superstition, reaction, or defence of bourgeois oppression" continued in the Stalin era, as part of the modernization ideology, and I don't think on balance that it had very good results, insofar as it squashed independent thinking. I remain convinced Marx & Engels almost always used the concept of ideology as a critical concept, or in the sense perhaps of a sociological generalisation, and so this idea of enforcing ideological conformity politically ("thinking the party line", even in the most trivial issues) would have been alien to them (cf. Marx & Engels's own stance in the First & Second Internationals). You can of course argue, that a measure of ideology is inevitable in real politics, but it's another thing to promote that rigorously as a monolithic policy. Jurriaan She talks like thunder, She really lets you know, She keep changing the rules, And leave you nowhere to go. She bore you rigid, With the party line, She's so far left, She's gonna get left behind. He wants six pretty white spots, On each side of the dice, He wants it all to be equal, but he needs to throw twice. Now there's a guy in the corner, With a smiling gaze He turns to me, and says: I'm gonna buy a hat, 'Cos I think it's gonna rain, Got caught out coming here, Ain't gonna get caught again. I'm gonna buy a big one, Like that Mr Gorbachov, And when it's raining all this crap, Oh, my hat will keep it off. Now take a look at all them leaders, Desperation in their eyes, The tight faces, smiles that cannot hide it, They know no more than you or I. So I'm gonna buy a hat, 'Cos here they come again, And when they start to blah-blah, It's you and me that gets the rain.
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