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'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Charlie Brooker Speaks to the Nation

It is not hard to write in a disparaging fashion about why the 'popularity' of X-Factor and I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - with their icons such as 'Jedward', 'Jordan' and the unspeakable thing that is called Simon Cowell - are merely cultural reflections of the dehumanizing alienation of 21st-century British capitalist society, but there is still something distinctly satisfying about the manner and style in which Charlie Brooker does it. As he notes, 'one day we'll emerge on the other side of this unprecedented cultural drought and wonder how the hell our imaginations survived'.

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At 1:41 pm, Blogger Keith Watermelon said...

one day charlie brooker will get on with it and admit he's left-wing.

 
At 4:45 am, Anonymous GIS India said...

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At 11:48 am, Anonymous Dave said...

one day he will be the memory.

oh, God bless.

 
At 9:29 am, Blogger JMcL63 said...

"one day charlie brooker will get on with it and admit he's left-wing."
KW
- what, and leave himself open to you lot competing for his loyalties? He's far too smart for that. ;)

 
At 10:17 am, Blogger Snowball said...

In reply to JMcL63, one can quote Trotsky:

'Certainly, a fellow-traveler is better than an enemy. But a Marxist cannot be a fellow-traveler of the revolution. Moreover, as historical experience bears out, at the most critical moments the storm of the struggle tosses the majority of the intellectual fellow-travelers into the enemy’s camp. If they do return, it is only after the victory has been consolidated. Maxim Gorky is the clearest but not the only example. In the present Soviet apparatus, incidentally, clear up to the top a very important percentage of people stood fifteen years ago openly on the other side of the October 1917 barricades. Is it necessary to recall that Marxism not only interprets the world but also teaches how to change it? The will is the motor force in the domain of knowledge, too. The moment Marxism loses its will to transform in a revolutionary way political reality, at that moment it loses the ability to correctly understand political reality. A Marxist who, for one secondary consideration or another, does not draw his conclusions to the end, betrays Marxism. To pretend to ignore the different Communist factions, so as not to become involved and compromise oneself, signifies to ignore that activity which, through all the contradictions, consolidates the vanguard of the class; it signifies to cover oneself with the abstraction of the revolution, as with a shield, from the blows and bruises of the real revolutionary process.'

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