Why is a grown man quoting Mao?
Under Mr Corbyn, Labour has become the Party of cheap stunts, the narcissistic ones of Mr Corbyn (national anthem-gate, poppy-gate, refusal to kneel-gate) and the frankly puzzling ones like the recitation of Mao by Mr McDonnell. Besides providing infinitely usable b-roll for Tory anti-Labour ads, it was politically tone daft: China’s Party Capitalists of today have more in common with Sir Walter Raleigh (piracy) than Mao.
The worst part was the selection of the kindergarten communism of the Little Red Book. Mr McDonnell could at least have read from Bukharin’s “ABC” book.
As I recall, Maoism fell out of favour in the West after Sartre ended his brief dalliance with it.
Munich is the Austin of Bavaria.
Madonna has been accused of “cultural appropriation.” However, none of the critics are aware that so-called cultural appropriation is otherwise known as life. In the sphere of popular culture, it is otherwise known as late capitalism. There’s nothing remarkable about it.
New information has surfaced about Sartre’s refusal of the Nobel Prize for Literature:
A letter sent by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964 declining the Nobel Prize for Literature came too late to avert one of the biggest debacles in its history, Swedish media reported Saturday.
Sartre’s letter arrived nearly a month after he had been picked as the top choice by the Nobel Committee, the daily Svenska Dagbladet reported, based on archival material made available at the end of a customary 50-year period of secrecy.
The report throws light on the sequence of events leading to Sartre’s decision to become the only person to willingly turn down the world’s most prestigious literary prize.
Perhaps Sartre was prescient: his “literary” works are hardly read anymore. Even worse, his philosophical texts are now antiques from the bygone age of existentialist Marxism.
For example, in Search for a Method Sartre asserts “we are convinced at one and the same time that historical materialism furnished the only valid interpretation of history and that existentialism remained the only concrete approach to reality” (1968, p 21). Who today would have the courage to embrace either of these claims?
It’s worth noting that Billy Beane (Moneyball) has never won a World Series title. But his use of random performance measurements continues to dazzle journalists.
Sartre’s best work is clearly not Being and Nothingness (see the majestic, two volume Critique of Dialectical Reason). The causes of Sartre’s decline in status among consecrated intellectuals are: (1) he saddled himself to a losing horse (Marxism); and (2) his work exhibits an old fashioned, humanist optimism, which is out of favor in the age of mechanical intersectionality.
Respondent: [Ben] Bradlee was East Coast Ivy League privileged elite. This is why he (actually his gang) managed to depose Nixon …
Me: Thank god he was from the privileged elite!