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  •  give it a rest (3+ / 0-)
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    Stephen Wolf, marsanges, JosephK74

    these sorts of titles are accepted all around the world for introductory materials on any subject.

    •  That's your opinion. (2+ / 0-)
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      ZhenRen, Stephen Wolf

      A lot of people, including myself, find it insulting.

      The concept that some races are inferior to others is accepted all around the world, does that make it right?

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 04:38:55 PM PDT

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      •  The thought crossed my mind as well... (5+ / 0-)

        but it is a common title, so I accept it as well intended. I wonder to what degree the author wrote this to insulate himself from academic criticism.

        As an anarchist (libertarian socialist, if you prefer a different label), the problem I have with academics controlling the conversation involving all things anti-capitalist is that if the manner of social organization can't be grasped by ordinary people without a controlling, authoritarian committee of academics (who think they're indispensable, as if the rest of us can't govern ourselves without them) then we're right back to where we started, under the rule of a professional ruling class.

        Community self-management is as old as time, and once the basic concepts are grasped, even if not according to the arcane view of Hegel, Marx, and dialectical materialism, people can implement it, as was exemplified by anarchist Spain during the Spanish civil War.  The Spanish anarcho-communists rejected marx, preferring such thinkers as Proudhon, Bakunin, Malatesta and Kropotkin, and they did quite well until Spain fell to the fascists.

        As Emma Goldman put it, "if I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution", which means, in my view, that if there isn't the right to equal participation by each member in determining self-management, it isn't a real people's revolution. If we're all left on the sidelines or in the audience while professional Marxists (being a bit snarky here) debate the finer points offered by one personality, then it isn't the kind of life I'd want to be part of, and I'd just consider myself bound up in another form of slavery.

        "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

        by ZhenRen on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 05:38:00 PM PDT

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      •  a different perspective here (2+ / 0-)
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        The title is exactly why I opened this diary.  I did not want to try to wade through a long intellectual dissertation on Marx.  I wanted to read something that had been simplified to the point that someone like me who has never tackled Marx could understand it.  I think the diarist did a tremendous job of doing that for his targeted audience.

        I personally did not take any insult from the title as it is commonly used in many how to books.  And as evidenced by the overwhelmingly positive response from the commenters, the diarist achieved what he set out to do.  

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 05:17:39 AM PDT

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