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What The Shah Told Joh – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on What The Shah Told Joh – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Communism, Extremism, Politics, Queensland

At Stanthorpe, Queensland’s fruit-growing centre he said: “Australians, wake up, we are on a dangerous course with these people. The Shah of Iran told me when he was here he was disturbed that we were going to communism.  Australians keep coming to me saying to do everything I can do to fight Canberra. They say […]

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Perhaps it was not suitable for a man to think every thought to its logical conclusion – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Perhaps it was not suitable for a man to think every thought to its logical conclusion – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Totalitarianism

For forty years he had lived strictly in accordance with the vows of his order, the Party. He had held to the rules of logical calculation. He had burnt the remains of the old, illogical morality from his consciousness with the acid of reason. He had turned away from the temptations of the silent partner, […]

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In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Means and Ends, Politics

‘A page Satanas!’ repeated Ivanov and poured himself out another glass. ‘In old days, temptation was of carnal nature. Now it takes the form of pure reason. The values change. I would like to write a Passion play in which God and the Devil dispute for the soul of Saint Rubashov. After a life of […]

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TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Extremism, Politics, Quotes, Totalitarianism

FUNNY – THAT YOU FELT IT AT ONCE… . FELT WHAT? EXPLAIN! tapped Rubashov, sitting up on the bunk. No. 402 seemed to think it over. After a short hesitation he tapped: TONIGHT POLITICAL DIFFERENCES ARE BEING SETTLED… . Rubashov understood. He sat leaning against the wall, in the dark, waiting to hear more. But […]

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One must tell people the truth, as they know it already, in any case. It is ridiculous to pretend to them – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on One must tell people the truth, as they know it already, in any case. It is ridiculous to pretend to them – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Ideology, Politics

‘In your pamphlets,’ continued Rubashov in the same dry tone of voice, ‘of which you admit to be the author, there frequently appear phrases such as this: that we have suffered a defeat, that a catastrophe has befallen the Party, and that we must start afresh and change our policy fundamentally. That is defeatism. It […]

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Towards the end, most people behaved in the same way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Towards the end, most people behaved in the same way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Communism, Human Rights

Rubashov stood stiffly between the bed and the bucket, held his breath, and waited for the first scream. He remembered that the first scream, in which terror still predominated over physical pain, was usually the worst; what followed was already more bearable, one got used to it and after a time one could even draw […]

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Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Extremism, Hypocrisy, Ideology, Leadership, Politics

Koestler’s decision to abandon Communism almost as soon as he had been freed from Spain—because of the hysterical faking of the Moscow purge trials in 1938—was expressed in such brilliantly diagnostic and dialectical terms that it bears quoting: It is a logical contradiction when with uncanny regularity the leadership sees itself obliged to undertake more […]

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Marx was a Fan of America – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Marx was a Fan of America – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Democracy, History, Politics, Progressive Politics, US Politics

If you are looking for an irony of history, you will find it not in the fact that Marx was underpaid by an American newspaper, but in the fact that he and Engels considered Russia the great bastion of reaction and America the great potential nurse of liberty and equality. This is not the sort […]

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Rosa Luxemburg’s Warning – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Rosa Luxemburg’s Warning – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Democracy, History, Politics, Power, Totalitarianism

Rosa Luxemburg’s warning to Lenin that revolution can move swiftly from the dictatorship of a class to the dictatorship of a party, to be followed by the dictatorship of a committee of that party and eventually by the rule of a single man who will soon enough dispense with that committee.

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When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.

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