[Marxism] Mangling the Issues: Callinicos, “Leninism,” and Austerity

Ed George edgeorge1963 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 01:26:16 MST 2013

On 1/30/13 8:09 PM, Gary MacLennan wrote:
  If you want to see what I mean go watch the Charlie Kimber videos on
  youtube. (Painful I know!) Zero Charisma and Nigel-No-Mates is there
  for all to see.

  This is beyond painful:


'In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing. 
Where it is not true, it will generally be found that the writer is some 
kind of rebel, expressing his private opinions and not a ‘party line’. 
Orthodoxy, of whatever colour, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative 
style. The political dialects to be found in pamphlets, leading 
articles, manifestos, White papers and the speeches of undersecretaries 
do, of course, vary from party to party, but they are all alike in that 
one almost never finds in them a fresh, vivid, homemade turn of speech. 
When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating 
the familiar phrases [...] one often has a curious feeling that one is 
not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which 
suddenly becomes stronger at moments when the light catches the 
speaker's spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have 
no eyes behind them. And this is not altogether fanciful. A speaker who 
uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance toward turning 
himself into a machine. The appropriate noises are coming out of his 
larynx, but his brain is not involved, as it would be if he were 
choosing his words for himself. If the speech he is making is one that 
he is accustomed to make over and over again, he may be almost 
unconscious of what he is saying, as one is when one utters the 
responses in church. And this reduced state of consciousness, if not 
indispensable, is at any rate favourable to political conformity.'

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