The Left is Not Obsolete by Norman Birnbaum

“Propaganda is always the other. We are the principled,” said Norman Birnbaum. The left is rooted philosophically in the Enlightenment with its rejection of throne and altar. The left sought material redistribution for moral reasons-for the sake of transforming human nature. The left finds itself in a grave crisis that it ascribes to the tenacity of global capitalism with its weak understanding of history. The challenge is to forge new alliances.

Rainer Mausfeld, “Markets as a Fetish,” January 2019

Rainer Mausfeld, “Neoliberal Indoctrination,” February 2016

Rainer Mausfeld, “Propaganda: Making Alternatives Disappear,” July 2016

Rainer Mausfeld, “The Gigantic Chasm between Democratic Rhetoric and Capitalist Reality,” August 2019

Rainer Mausfeld, “The Silence of the Lambs,” February 2019

Rainer Mausfeld, “We Live in a Time of Radical Counter Enlightenment,” December 2018

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2 Responses to The Left is Not Obsolete by Norman Birnbaum

  1. Marc says:

    One Man Against the Deep State: John Lennon vs. the Deep State
    by John W. Whitehead, Counterpunch, October 15, 2019

  2. Marc says:

    The Berlin Wall Fell 30-Years Ago, while Donald Trump Has Constructed Walls All His Life
    By Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld

    “Good fences make good neighbors,” the proverb Robert Frost embedded in his famous poem “Mending Wall,” has been misinterpreted and exploited by Donald Trump for his own distorted means in attaining his end-goal of keeping as many people of color out of the United States as he can. His campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again” served as a not-so-subtle dog whistle to “Make American White Again,” which it never was from the very beginning ever since Europeans stole the land from First Nation peoples.

    Robert Frost’s poem was a polemic arguing against building fences (walls) that separate us from our neighbors. Opening with the line, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” continues to describe the narrator’s efforts to convince his neighbor not to construct a fence. Frost quoted the proverb as an ironic ploy to express his deeply-held view that literal and figurative boundaries separate people from one another and from themselves.

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