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"Trotsky lived on after Stalin, and to some extent is still alive today, not because young people want the world he wanted: a phantasm that not even he could define. What they want is to be him
posted by Firas
on Nov 11, 2007 -
She interviewed Mussolini. She wrote plays for Eugene O'Neill's Provincetown Players. She got letters from Trotsky. Freud and Helen Keller were in her address book. She married journalist John Reed
, and Diane Keaton played her in Reds
. And she was nearly forgotten. Now, Louise Bryant is remembered
. More here and much more here.
posted by digaman
on Nov 9, 2005 -
Pliny's Natural History, the first encyclopedia.
Featuring chapters like "Other wonderful things related to dolphins"
and one mentioning the lynx and the sphinx in a single passage.
Obviously he got a lot very wrong
, but it launched a tradition of authoritative encyclopedias. More recently, you hopefully know that the forty-four million word eleventh (1911) edition of Encyclopedia Britannica
is online, later volumes are not, but you can still find elsewhere Trotsky's article on Lenin
, Freud's on psychoanalysis
, Houdini on conjuring
, or Lawrence of Arabia on guerillas
. Britannica also offers a series of articles from its archives
showing how views on Mars
or the debate in 1768 over whether California was an island
. Other fascinating encyclopedias online include the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
and the 1908 Catholic Encyclopedia
, and the Encyclopedia Mythica
posted by blahblahblah
on Jul 5, 2005 -
Please read what Trotsky thought of fascism from his pamphlet "FASCISM -- What It Is and How To Fight It".
I'm much more interested in the "What It Is". This article
from the Guerrilla News Network got me thinking about it. Trotsky does a lot of the definition here
. The foreward by George Lavan Weissman contains such gems as:
The germ of fascism is
endemic in capitalism; a crisis can raise it to epidemic proportions
unless drastic countermeasures are applied.
and from elsewhere:
In order that the social crisis may bring about the proletarian
revolution, it is necessary that, besides other conditions, a decisive
shift of the petty bourgeois classes occurs in the direction of the
proletariat. This gives the proletariat a chance to put itself at the
head of the nation as its leader.
Oh MAN. I'm more fearful than normal about where the US is headed. And to throw some water on the flames, yes, I know that there isn't any systemic violence against the masses, but think of how the fear that's created by the administration takes the place of violence in cowing the populace.
posted by taumeson
on Apr 22, 2003 -