Magazine article New Internationalist

"On the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto"

Magazine article New Internationalist

"On the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto"

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Thesis, antithesis, synthesis: none of the shells contains the pea. And these end-of-millennium pyramid schemes to plunder whole nations of their meager margin are mere revisitings of Aguirre's journey. In this post-modern Eldorado, though, Indians, jaguars and macaws have been scattered., their bromeliad forests shattered and burned to grow freeze-dried hamburgers for our astronauts -- and by the trillions. mind you. there's progress yet. Now that the difference between tragedy and farce has long withered away, you can locate the prophets and disciples on line at some obscure British Museum in cyberspace, just keystrokes from the global porno village and the daily listings of profit and price.

Stadiums and spectacles! Half the proles in prison, the rest gone shopping, destiny dispensed from slot machines. Looters great and humble now gnaw their booty in the cellar of the self. while dynasties conjured and deleted in a day tornado overhead, the serpent endlessly swallowing its tail. Faulty wiring in the cooling towers, more tumors in your scan, the last songbirds ignited on an electrified fence to keep the barbarians out. …

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