[Marxism] A Journey of Dmitri Shostakovich

Ian Pace ian at ianpace.com
Sun Nov 19 13:18:47 MST 2006

From: "Carrol Cox" <cbcox at ilstu.edu>
> Since we do not share any current political practice, perhaps cultural
> theory could be a more fruitful domain of list discussion than whatever
> the current topics are. At least such discussion might result in fewer
> expulsions from the list, and might even lead back to more interesting
> political discussion.
> Agitational works (books, movies, dances, music) are toothless in the
> absence of a mass movement in which they are grounded. Even if a movie
> moves people politically, the change in consciousness will not last more
> than a few weeks unless there is an ongoing semi-organized struggle into
> which it may feed. But a a more general level, reactionary works can be
> as frutiful as revolutionary works, since both point towards discussion
> attempting to  understand the social forces at various levels.
> Without a movement arguments that such and such a movie or painting is
> progressive or reactionary are pointless.
No, whether they are progressive might be pointless, whether they are 
reactionary are not. If a film gives a lot of racist propaganda about Arabs, 
for example, and is a big hit, I don't think that is a pointless issue.


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