Karl Marx, Sasquatch, Poetry, and Such
Wow, you read a lot of substacks! Herculean. Thanks for the shout out. Lots of gold in here, too.
☺️ thanks! And I can't wait to peruse some of these other Substacks you point to. 👍😌
I'm reminded of that classic quote from ol' Karl himself when feuding with Guesde: "Je ne suis pas marxiste." :D
Two other things:
1) This is an extraordinarily eloquent and well written post. Read this line again, people! "One thinks of the feminist Medusa Holding the Head of Perseus, ante-art based on ante-myth, a monster triumphant over a civilizing hero, cast in resin because the artist lacked the ability to work in bronze, a technology mastered by actual artists five millennia ago." Absolute fire! (Thanks, Prometheus!) You've given me a lot of great topics and fellow Substackers to read up on here.
2) Thank you so much for not only taking the time to read my Anti-Life articles, but for including them here and doing such a brilliant job of contextualizing them. I am truly grateful to be able to read--and, astonishingly, be read by--writers such as yourself here on Substack.
It is an honour and the best external motivation I could think of. Thank you.
This is quite a labor of love! I do a shorter monthly digest of “enchanting reads on Substack,” so I respect what you put into this! In case you’re interested, Sal Randolph and Julie Gabrielli and I are cooking up a 3-way collaborative reflection on the same art object in November from our different lenses of literature, art, and architecture. We are all sub-millers. Might be interesting. Thanks for the rec’s!
When I logged in and saw 13 notifications, I thought I had offended somebody and their friends. Turns out, it was because you sent a curious mob my way. Thank you!
Great reviews! Thank you!
Kudos for the Six Million Dollar Man reference!
Thanks for the shout out of Deconstructing Deconstructivism.... and pointer to these other interesting reads.
Thank you for the shoutout sir! I am happy to be able to satisfy your interest.
You compiled quite the digest! A lot of interesting food for thought to ruminate on.
What you said about Marx is especially insightful and helps me clarify some of my thoughts about him and his legacy. He was a devil and gave birth to a demonic religion that has caused more death, destruction, deception, and suffering than any other, yet there is an element of truth to his critiques.
Marx is like a doctor who identified real symptoms of a real disease, but then prescribed a " cure" that's even worse than the disease itself and that precipitates a doom loop of worse symptoms, creating a justification for more of the "cure," causing even worse symptoms, creating even more demand for the "cure," ad infinitum.
Even as I condemn Bolshevism, I recognize that it didn't come out of nowhere. The empty materialism and the mindless pencil pushing and lever-pulling of organization men was spiritually toxic too. Both Marx and the capitalists wanted humans to be ant-like; they just disagreed about what the hive should be doing and how its hierarchy should be ordered; but both aimed to deaden and destroy any part of our Humanity not conducive to living as ants.
Anyway, thanks for articulating it the way you did. That was really helpful for clarifying these issues.
Thanks for the recommendations! I wholeheartedly agree that rightists need to have an in-depth knowledge of Marxism. I would also suggest reading Main Currents of Marxism by Leszek Kołakowski and, if you can read French, Le marxisme de Marx by Raymond Aron. Both Kołakowski and Aron were anti Marxists, but their monographs are fair and objective.
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Hey, thanks. Very kind of you.
I feel honored to be mentioned in the second Sub Mille! Thank you so much Librarian, it means a lot.
I love these posts, not because you reference me, but because I learn about so many good publications and writers. Thank you once again for this.
Nice idea for a post! Lovely.