Rudolph the Red
by Saab Lofton
"The present splendid brotherhood of FICTION writers in England, whose graphic and eloquent pages have issued to the world MORE political and social truths than have been uttered by all the professional politicians, publicists and moralists put together."
--Karl Marx, praising Charles Dickens in an article for The New York Tribune on August 1st, 1854
Well, there you have it: The godfather of communism himself explicitly stating just how important a work of fiction can be.
Unfortunately, just as sexist Muslims forget that Muhammad was a house husband; financially dependent on his wife, Khadija, today's commies have similarly forgotten the aforementioned as well as the following ...
"As recipients of a solid German secondary school education, both Marx and Engels gained a thorough grounding in the classical literature ... As a young student Marx was MORE interested in literature than history or philosophy. One of his earliest dreams was to become a writer and he toyed with the idea of publishing his poetry. Even in his earliest literary efforts as a teenager one can find the germs of his later thinking. He identified closely with literary figures who were men of action, 'world changers' like Prometheus and Odysseus."
--The Morning Star (UK)
... mythic world changing men of action, eh? You know what THAT reminds me of ...
... but wait, there's more ...
"Marx recognized the dialectical connection between aesthetics and content. It was often the case, as with Balzac and Dickens, that the authors themselves were not political militants but captured essential truths about the societies they wrote of. He and Engels were among the first to recognize that literature and indeed all the arts were dialectically related and connected to the societies in which they were produced. Marx considered literature as a means of establishing complex connections between Humanity's economic and cultural activities. He made clear that not only economic and social struggle matter, but demonstrated how artistic works can and do enrich our world."
--The Morning Star (UK)
... so what happened? Why do I, as an author, feel like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer whenever I attend a Marxist meeting? There are two reasons for this …
1) Dogma. Talking to a commie is like talking to a christian -- simply replace Jesus with Marx and rapture with revolution … For instance, all too many commies are mired in that short-sighted/simple-minded mentality of the Cold War …
"There are two forces at work in the world. The drive toward collectivity and the drive toward individuality."
--some inbred retard from a typical 1990s militia on the Star Trek: Voyager episode, Future's End, Part II
… when this is far more accurate …
"Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both."
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
… I mention this because commies are afflicted with an utterly irrational ego-phobia -- the theory being, if an individual is lauded as a storyteller, he/she will supposedly fall from grace quicker than you can say Anakin Skywalker, which is exactly why Richard Wright, author of Native Son, was so ostracized …
"By 1944 Wright felt that the American Communist Party was almost as oppressive as capitalism … Although he was convinced that the political philosophy of communism was correct … He thought that the creative genius of a writer should be freed from all restrictions and restraints … and that the writer should write as he pleased. Unfortunately, [organizer] Harry Haywood … tried to force [Wright] into a mold that was not to his liking. Name-calling resulted and Haywood used his political position to get a vote of censure against Wright, who thereupon resigned from the party."
--John Simkin from Spartacus Educational
… Richard Wright was also quoted as saying, "I wanted to be a communist, but my kind of communist." Unfortunately, he was CONsidered as egotistical in the 20th century as yours truly is today. History repeats itself.
2) Blind desperation. One Orwellian headline too many has evidently driven some commies to the point where anything less than an armed insurrection is CONsidered a waste of resources, which is disturbing (to say the least), since fantasy can prevent Stalinistic history from repeating itself …
BRUCE WAYNE: No, I'm no executioner.
THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
BRUCE WAYNE: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them ... I will go back to Gotham and I will fight men like this, but I will not become an executioner.
--from the movie, Batman Begins
… before any snarks turn their noses up at a superhero, remember that Marx himself loved mythic world changing men of action!
Bottom line? Unless it consists of a bunch of Tom Joad/Rosie the Riveter lookalikes marching in unison a la the finale of V for Vendetta, it's sadly beyond a commie's comprehension, hence this nonsense about how literary labor supposedly pales in comparison to manual labor (so much for solidarity between workers). Between that lack of an imagination and a blood soaked track record of censoring/torturing/murdering villainous capitalists, is it any wonder why acquiring universal health care is STILL so difficult? Can we say, "winning hearts and minds," boys and girls ..?
"Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none."
--Jules Renard (1864 - 1910), a French author who was elected mayor of Chitry (in northern France) on May 15th, 1904 as a SOCIALIST candidate