Thursday, July 01, 2010

What Makes a Leftist a Leftist

"The Grand March is the splendid march on the road to brotherhood, equality, justice, happiness; it goes on and on, obstacles notwithstanding, for obstacles must be if the march is to be the Grand March.

The dictatorship of the proletariat or democracy? Rejection of the consumer society or demands for increased productivity? The guillotine or an end to the death penalty? It is all beside the point. What makes a leftist a leftist is not this or that theory but his ability to integrate any theory into the kitsch called the gramd march."

Milan Kundera, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," pg. 257

And remember, for Kundera, kitsch is the denial of shit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These two very stark images sum up what modern Western "culture" is really all about.

Imperial conquest and the systematic destruction of the bio-sphere and by extension humankind. Because we are completely embedded in, and thus totally dependent upon the bio-sphere itself--in all of its inter-related complexities.

They are featured in The Pentagon of Power by Lewis Mumford.

Such is the nature of the "culture" that you champion.