Saturday, May 30, 2009

Next in the Chavez Book Club

Chavez is starting to remind me of some self righteous college radical who reads a book by Marx and thinks he has figured the whole world out. Best of all, he has to "educate" the masses, which apparently include Obama.
"President Hugo Chavez says he has a new book for President Barack Obama: "What is to be Done?" by communist Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet state.

Chavez says he'll "give it to Obama at the next meeting
."

5 comments:

jams o donnell said...

That shouls save Obama a few prescriptions for sleepign tablets!

I saw in the paper today that Chavez is doing a four-day long edition of Hello Mr President. The mind boggles!

bob said...

Personally, I think that, if books can be called evil, that What is to be Done is up there with Mein Kampf. An it's boring!

Roland Dodds said...

It has been a long time since I read this; it was also back in my youthful commie days, so I do not think I read it with a very critical mind. I was basically getting through it to say I had, and get some cred at political group meetings.

I tried to get through Marx’s Capital last year, and even though it likely has greater value than “What is to be Done?”, I simply couldn’t finish it. Perhaps another day...

TNC said...

Re: Das Kapital Vol 1., it really helped me to read it with some assistance as well as some context. I got both from a grad econ seminar. We read Kapital as well as Smith's "Wealth of Nations" and some selections by Ricardo including "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation." Reading the three authors together in one class was excellent. I could really see how Marx elaborated on (and critiqued) the ideas of these two earlier economists. It didn't make me a Marxist but I appreciated the work a lot more than when I entered the class.

As far as Lenin, I agree with Bob.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Chavez is starting to remind me of some self righteous college radical who reads a book by Marx and thinks he has figured the whole world out."

Yeah, well, but this character doesn't read these books, he just pushes them.