[Marxism] Fwd: Snowden | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 15 16:51:52 MDT 2016

Like Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and John Ford, Oliver Stone is a true 
auteur—a director who puts his unique stamp on a body of work defined by 
a particular theme and aesthetic. In Stone’s case, it is the story of 
lost innocence as the protagonist discovers essential truths about 
himself and the debased American system he mistakenly believed in. In 
“Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon”, the hero is a young man who 
joins the military to defend freedom in Vietnam only realizing in the 
end that he was a hired gun for Wall Street as Smedley Butler once put 
it. Landing in that “Wall Street”, a young stockbroker decides that jail 
and a loss of a lucrative career is preferable to robbing ordinary 
working people with a fountain pen as Woody Guthrie put it in “Pretty 
Boy Floyd”. Even if “JFK” trafficked in wildly improbable conspiracy 
mongering, it shared their basic message, namely that the 
military-industrial complex and the big banks are enemies of peace and 

full: https://louisproyect.org/2016/09/15/snowden/

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