[Marxism] Fwd: Deconstructing cannibalism | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 04:05:00 MST 2016

So beautifully written.  Thank you.

What though of Caliban's great speech? -


Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.

​There is so much in this.  To begin with we have the achievement of
subject-object identity where Caliban feels and knows and lives the truth
that nature is enchanted. Then we have the highlighting of the fears and
hostility of modernity towards nature. These vary same fears lie behind the
war we have declared on nature.  This, as all on this list know, is a wear
nature will win.

But even more remarkable for me is the construction of Caliban, only for a
moment admittedly, as the moral and aesthetic superior of the colonist,
because in Caliban's speech the moral and the aesthetic come into harmony



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