Ousmene Sembene

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Sun Apr 29 18:24:01 MDT 2001

Louis Proyect wrote:
> No dogmatic Marxist, Sembene would have little tolerance for glib
> remarks about 'rural idiocy'

Marx was presumably using "idiocy" in the Greek sense (the racist
technical meaning of the term not having been invented in Marx's day),
and even in the 1930s, with automobiles, and in the relatively thickly
populated rural areas of southwestern Michigan, rural life was to some
extent characterized by isolation. Hence Marx's remark was never glib to
begin with.


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