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  •   I understand what you are saying, but (2+ / 0-)
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    to not use an excellent analysis of the capitalist system for these reasons would only weaken our analyses and suggestions. You do not have to raise the red flag, but certainly we should never dismiss useful and relevant ideas and I am certain that most of the people that we will be fighting will not recognise Marx if they fell over his tombstone; the days of an erudite elite are way past. I'm sorry that I missed the earlier diary as I am certain that I would have enjoyed the discussion.

    No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

    by NY brit expat on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 08:55:42 AM PDT

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    •  That's quotable! (1+ / 0-)
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      "the days of an erudite elite are way past."

      If you ever get the chance, get the audio book version of Gore Vidal's  Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (I'm pretty sure that's the title, but it might be another by Vidal) and listen to Vidal describe a conversation with his cousin's husband, John Kennedy, about the American elite today (well, 1960s) compared to the Founders. Vidal perfectly mimics JFk's voice, saying "They're so second rate."

      A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

      by NBBooks on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:30:21 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, figures that I would finally say (0+ / 0-)

        something quotable and it is an obvious observation on the decline of intellectual abilities and interests of the American elite. I'll try and get it, but my hearing is lousy and getting worse by the day, and I rely on reading. I am trying to imagine it, but keep winding up with Truman Capote's voice mimicking JFK so it just sounds strange. :)

        No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

        by NY brit expat on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:48:08 AM PDT

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