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May 18, 2002

Capitalism's Pyrrhic Victory?

Marxist literary critic Terry Eagleton has a wonderful essay in the UK's The Guardian | History gets the last laugh where he notes that the corporate Right has seen off socialism, only to find itself facing a far more nihilistic foe. As he writes, "Socialism, after all, is out to expropriate the propertied classes, not to exterminate them. Its weapons are general strikes and mass struggle, not anthrax and dirty nuclear bombs. Its aim is for people to live in plenty, not for them to scavenge their scanty grub from war-scarred urban deserts. Socialism was the last chance we had of defeating terrorism by transforming the conditions which give birth to it."

Posted by Nathan at May 18, 2002 10:02 AM


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