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"Marx's Religion of Revolution" - anyone ever read this gem?

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Dec 5 2011 20:35
"Marx's Religion of Revolution" - anyone ever read this gem?

Was randomly looking for books on dialectical materialism (a concept I am largely unfamiliar with), and found this.

Haven't read it, but maybe one of you did?

Written by Gary North, dunno that guy.

"This study examines the major facts of Marx and early Marxism: biography, religion, philosophy, and economics, first published in 1968, it has been updated with a lengthy Preface and a concluding chapter, plus an astounding appendix. "The Myth of Marx's Poverty," which proves that in the years when he wrote Das Kapital,Karl Marx was a rich man. It was not poverty that brought Marx to Marxism; it was his all consuming hatred. North shows that it was hatred of humanity that led Marx to revive the ancient pagan belief in social regeneration through systematic chaos, and then to provide it with new clothes and respectability through pseudo-economics. North's study has been regarded for years as the most penetrating Christian analysis of Marx ever written, and this new edition is even more devastating than the first."

Should be obvious that this is just some kind of Christian smear attack, but still... maybe this one's good for the laughs?

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Dec 5 2011 20:40

I think Carl Schmitt would be proud of Gary North. (Carl Schmitt, a Catholic himself, was lauding dictatorships, especially the Nazis, as "upholders of order", a line of thinking that at least seems to be structurally relevant to a critical interpretation of this book)

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Dec 5 2011 20:47

That looks fucking amazing!

Also, looks like North was also a Y2K nut, ha!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_North_%28Christian_Reconstructionist%29

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Dec 5 2011 21:00

Was looking for a hardcopy of this book because it kinda screams for a review (like that cunt David Gordon's "Analytical Marxism" book with his half-assed critique of Marxism in general - god, how much I hate those "austrian" fucks).

Sadly, I couldn't find this anywhere, amazon, ebay, nothing. Guess it's very rare.

Got a pirated copy of this book though...

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Dec 5 2011 21:09

Yeah man, this book makes Marx sound much more excitable than the ol' goat I been reading for a few years...

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Dec 5 2011 22:28
Railyon wrote:
I think Carl Schmitt would be proud of Gary North. (Carl Schmitt, a Catholic himself, was lauding dictatorships, especially the Nazis, as "upholders of order", a line of thinking that at least seems to be structurally relevant to a critical interpretation of this book)

in fairness, despite being a despicable nazi ballbag, Schmitt did make some useful contributions to political philosophy (his criticism of liberal democracy is spot on), whereas this nutcase seems to be an utter irrelevance. Still, I love the cover. SICKLE AND TRIDENT FOREVER.

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Dec 6 2011 01:17
Boris Badenov wrote:
in fairness, despite being a despicable nazi ballbag, Schmitt did make some useful contributions to political philosophy (his criticism of liberal democracy is spot on)

Mind pointing me to some reading material?

Truth be told, I've never read any of his stuff firsthand (because frankly, I'd rather read books that are more relevant to my politics) so some potentially useful stuff has totally flown under my radar.

Edit: Nevermind, found it

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Dec 5 2011 22:41
Boris Badenov wrote:
SICKLE AND TRIDENT FOREVER.

can you imagine how awesome that would be as a logo?