My mate Joe Chip advises: how to pass the time until the Revolution comes
Hey my mate Joe Chip, you ask, I’m after a guilty pleasure. I’ve already read 50 Shades of Great Teenage Proletariat Revolution. I know I should be re-reading Das Kapital 1, Das Kapital 2, Das Kapital 3, Grundrisse, The Communist Manifesto, Theses on Feuerbach, Value Price & Profit; the Little Red Book; the Little Red Schoolbook; Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism; The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution; Lenin on The October Revolution; Lenin onPetty Bourgeois Revolutionarism; Constitution of the USSR; What the friends of the people are and how they fight the social democrats; Stalin; Trotsky; Engels; Luxemberg; Kropotkin; Bukharin; Tito;Hoxha; Ho Chi Minh; Mao … oh I could go on (and so often do…) (1)
I understand there are those who are less developed who still require entertainment. This is inevitable in the current phase of capitalist development, and will continue until, I dunno, say Tuesday next week. Until the Revolution comes, what else is there to entertain one on a chilly night, apart from the warmth of self righteous indignation and re-runs of the first 40 minutes of Red Dawn?
You may be surprised to learn that glorious scenes of revolution have been snuck into much of modern popular literature, no doubt by all of the communists who work in the media, that I hear about on talkback radio all the time (none of them seem to work in talkback radio). Here is just a small random sample from my recent reading to prove my point:
* “Pure” by Julianna Baggott – I was tricked into reading this the other day. It does not say “Young Adult” (2) anywhere on the cover. It does have a blurb by Justin Cronin, and he tricked me just as Stephen King did so many times with his blurbs. Having said that, it has weird mutants, a post nuclear landscape, and secret revolutionary cells
* The Samuil Petrovitch books by Simon Morden – he’s Russian! He’s a genius! All the ladies love him (they do – the Russian Mafia hitwoman; the nun; the yakuza boss’s daughter)! His best friend is the first AI. He invents a perpetual energy machine and anti-gravity. And in “Degrees of Freedom”, the mobs march waving red flags, and he gets to say to the American President
“We’ve decided that you’re just too dangerous to have around anymore, and the world would be a better place without a bunch of nuclear-armed fundamentalist xenophobic psychopaths. Sorry it had to turn out this way, but hey.”
Oh, you wish! (Oh, and it has a post nuclear landscape.)
* Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson – his books have good bits, but he is also capable of boring for America. Rebel against those evil earth corporations!
* Iron Council (3) by China Mieville – he likes trains! he likes international revolution! he likes weird mutants! (and while it is not a post nuclear landscape, in many ways it is weirder and worse)
* The Execution Channel by Ken Macleod (4) – How could anyone resist the tagline “The war on Terror is over … Terror won” Let me know when you get to page 358 of the Orbit edition (don’t cheat, it won’t mean anything if you don’t read the rest). I didn’t see it coming. Woo hoo!
* And really, what other entertainment does anyone need than “Red Son”, by Mark Millar, creator of Kick Ass. Superman escapes Krypton as a baby, but he doesn’t lan in Kansas – no, he lands in the USSR, so everything works out for the best.
There you go, just a few examples. If they don’t help you pass the few hours until the Revolution comes, you’re going up against the wall.
(1) This is not such a party trick since the arrival of Comrade Google (he knows all, he sees all) (5)
(2) if you want to read a proper blog about YA writing and other such stuff, you should look here.
(3) why pick one out? In fact, why not just read his Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law ?
(4) who expects you take him seriously on so many things, when he himself has made it impossible
(5) never was much of a party trick