Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ernesto Laclau: Politics and Ideology in Marxist Theory

Politics and Ideology in Marxist Theory“Men who, since childhood, have had their backs to the entrance of a cave, cannot see the outside world. On the wall inside the cave a re projected the shadows of other men, and by linking the voices of these men to their shadows, the inhabitants of the c ave conclude that the first derive from the second. One of the prisoners, however, manages to escape and perceives the true origin of the voices. Finally he merges from the cave and sees the light of day. At first the sun blinds him, but then he becomes accustomed to it and the vision he gains enables him to understand the falsehood in which he had been living.” (from the Introduction)

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Susan Sontag: Notes on Camp

Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility – unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it – that goes by the cult name of “Camp.” (excerpt)

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George Orwell: 1984

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.” (excerpt)

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David Harvey: The New Imperialism

1“On the one hand, these fast-moving events made it very difficult to devise a set of lectures on the topic of’the new imperialism’. But, on the other hand, the very nature of these events and the threats they posed economically, politically, and militarily to global security made some sort of in-depth analysis imperative. I therefore determined to try as best I could to penetrate beneath the surface flux to divine some of the deeper currents in the making of the world’s historical geography that might shed some light on why we have arrived at such a dangerous and difficult conjuncture.” (Preface)

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KAMAO: Salin ng mga Tula ni Mao Zedong

“Isang makata ang anak ko!” usal ng tatay ni Mao. Ang hindi niya alam noon, ang anak niyang makata ang siyang magtitimon ng rebolusyon sa Tsina at babago sa kanilang lipunan. Nagtagumpay ang rebolusyong kultural sa gabay ng Marxismo-Leninismo. Ang mga tulang narito ay nasulat ni Mao sa loob ng panahon ng pagsusulong ng rebolusyon patungo sa pagkakamit ng tagumpay.

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