[Marxism] Fidel Castro: "The Powerless Powers"

S. Artesian sartesian at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 15 08:57:56 MDT 2008

Right.  Piggybacking on that famous optimist, Spiro T. Agnew (who always 
wore a smile when accepting kickbacks, gifts, honorariums and bribes) Walter 
reminds us that smile and the world smiles with you, frown and you frown 

Next Walter will remind us that it take way more muscles to frown than it 
does to smile.

As the pope (which one I forget, but does it really matter?) urged the 
patients in a burn ward-- "Put On a Happy Face."

Defend exploitation and oppression by bureaucrats, landowners, capitalists? 
Sure. As long as they and we are smiling.

Ignore dispossession of indigenous peoples? Seizures of land from 
subsistence rural producers?  Positively OK if its done by "local 
capitalists,"  members of Communist Parties, and done with good cheer.

I'll tell you what I find funny:  Walter's innuendo about COSATU based on a 
relatively objective article in the WSJ, at the same time as he cheerleads 
support for Wall Street's and the City's and Bourse's pillar of financial 
responsibility, Lula.

Now that's a knee-slapper.

The great thing about the human mind, not only can it absorb, balance, 
grapple with contradiction-- it can be oblivious to contradiction.

Oh yeah, put a smiley face on the billy club and the bayonet, and the world 
laughs with you.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Walter Lippmann" <walterlx at earthlink.net>
To: <sartesian at earthlink.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Fidel Castro: "The Powerless Powers" 

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