Capitalism is Killing The Dinosaurs – AGAIN!

by From Alpha To Omega on September 23, 2013

This week we are joined again by C. Derick Varn. Derick is a poet, teacher, and theorist. He blogs for the (Dis)Loyal Opposition to Modernity, Symptomatic Commentary, and is one of the chief editors of the on-line socialist magazine, the North Star. He also co-hosts the ‘Pop The Left’ podcast with Doug Lain, and has just started a new on-line literary magazine, Former People: A Journal of Bangs and Whimpers, which seeks to look again at modernism and its relevance to politics. We discuss the historical tensions between Marxists and anarchists, how Occupy stunned the vanguard, the problems with democracy and the flaws of Leninism, Chomsky on Marx, the interaction of the base and superstructure, and how capitalism is killing the dinosaurs again….


Originally posted here and reposted with their kind permission.

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PavelDubrovsky September 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm



William C Crain September 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

we are on Discus ! ooooo my there is a flying spaghetti monster ~ i was soooooooo frustrated with Word Press now i’ll catch a few cyber waves


William C Crain September 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

That was really very good C ~ you’ve a good sense of the mindboggling history in the time of Karl, Jenny and Frederich; and the roll over in your grave Karl, feature the Soviet Union bizerk from the inside out. ~ sorta like they planned it that way.
May i suggest: “Love and Capital” by Mary Gabriel ; And Richard Pipes “A concise History of the Russian Revolution”
Great show ~ thank you


C Derick Varn September 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

As much as Pipes is a right-wing historian, he’s also pretty honest. I also like Fitzgerald and Getty’s work, which are a little more left sympathetic but still honest.


William C Crain October 16, 2013 at 12:28 am

i finished Richard Pipes “Reflections on the Russian Revolution” and now i’m 1/4 into “Stalin” the Glasnost Revelations by Walter Laqueur.
And i do agree with you 100% on Pipes being Honest and Right Winger for lack of better word. Can’t say he’s anti-Russian thou he blames them for their own undoing. It was a very good read’ clear concise, with an excellent flow to a whirlwind in history; and i recommend it with the caveat Pipes is a Right Winger. Thanks for the recommendations C, Fitzgerald and Getty ~ i’ll see if the Billings, MT library has ~ picken’s are slim but a new library is coming ! i should save “Stalin” w/ his big ugly mug and big letters STALIN for a plane trip to DC… a shield or an ad:)


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