RE: [OPE] Quotations from karl Marx

From: Paul Cockshott <>
Date: Sat Apr 04 2009 - 09:48:54 EDT

I think it would mainly be of interest to teenagers and late school children who have heard of Marx, may be a bit rebellious but would balk at buying a big book like Capital or even the communist manifesto.

From: [] On Behalf Of GERALD LEVY []
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2009 12:56 PM
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Subject: RE: [OPE] Quotations from karl Marx

> [JL] The
> experience of, for instance, the "Little Red Book" (i.e. "Quotations
> from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung") shows possible dangers. "Quotations
> from Karl Marx" would be equally problematic and potentially
> dangerous.
> [PC] Now that is an idea!
> I suspect that it might sell very well, and far from being dangerous
> it would be progressive in encouraging a portion of those who had read
> the quotations to read more.
> Perhaps we should set up a working group to select quotations and approach
> a publisher.

Hi Paul:

Well, rather than offering at this time a critique of the praxis in the PRC
re "Quotations from Chairman Mao, let me simply ask you how you would see
such a book being produced and used in such a way that it would have the
effect of encouraging _critical_ thought on the part of readers? Frankly,
I think that the experience of "diamat" in the USSR (and beyond) and Maoism
in the PRC is not very encouraging about this prospect. Unless you want
such a product to be used in authoritarian and religious ways, this has to
be taken into consideration beforehand. Would there be some non-elitist,
horizontal way in such a booklet could be produced and distributed? Maybe
a wiki?

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