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Can Dr. Zhivago induce revolutionary ardor?

January 18th, 2016 · No Comments

These books on the calculation debate can be troubling or confusing for young socialists. The issues they raise need to be faced. The point is to stop the disinfo that has paralyzed a whole generation, quite unfairly.

Here’s an exercise, to make my point. Dr. Zhivago is a great film, or rank propaganda. Its manipulations are almost gross. And backfire, and make the case for revolution, unwittingly. For me, the propaganda tactics in the midst of great cinema are so gross that my revolutionary ardor increases everytime I watch it (even as one bursts out laughing at the Hollywood agitprop). I think the director sabotaged his own bias…

In a related way the theoretical defenses of capitalism are so gross they cease to convince. The debate is moving on, even though the calculation debate remains as a challenge….

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