[Marxism] Freedom

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Sat Aug 27 11:20:40 MDT 2011

Tristan Sloughter Sent: 26 August 2011 7:58 PM

> (For the anti-anti-Qaddafi left, the world begins and ends with NATO. Too
> bad that they can't appreciate something like this.)
Or they may consider these prisoners counter-revolutionaries deserving of
their former fate.

[Paddy Apling] 

To which I can only say - that is a inglorious example of the cynicism and
anti-humanism to which so many of the would-be Marxists of today tend to
exhibit, based on what can only be described as an extremist attitude whose
exemplars treat their "principles" like the Torah and consider any human
being who is not a persuaded socialist revolutionary as expendable trash.

This, incidentally, gives me an opportunity to comment that I was horrified
by the recent comment on events in Libya from the, normally so excellent,
forum Lenin's Tomb that the Libyan revolt was not a revolution since it was
so clearly petit-bourgeois and was "created" by the imperialists.

To use a uncharacteristic phrase for a life-long Marxist, atheist and
determined revolutionary: - for God's sake show a bit more sympathy for
simple people's reaction to the cruelties and oppressions of the world's

Events in the Arab world are most certainly revolutionary, even though they
are very far from an Arab world fight for socialism or the supremacy of the
working class (which hardly exists in si much of the Arab world apart from
expatriates from India and other countries in the east).  Nevertheless these
movements are something that surely should excite and encourage every


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