Don’t Read Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx

It’s easier to have polarized opinions derived from pop-culture cliches about writers one hasn’t actually read. Niccolo Machiavelli was a philosopher and fought for the republic in Florence, for which he was jailed and tortured by the Medici. His Prince, first published in 1532, five years after his death, gives clear political advice and is not cynical or ‘machiavellian.’ De Sade denounces in Justine many ‘sadistic’ abuses that befall the heroine and he sounds apologetic for his proclivities. Freud is not all about sex and excrement.

I am rather attached to my biased opinions and to the ignorant comfort of negative labels that permits the simplicity of hate. I will not read Mein Kampf or Das Kapital, lest there is in them any material making sense or even appealing. I will not give people I despise an opportunity to say things that I cannot argue with or just ignore.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

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One response to “Don’t Read Marx

  • John Van Praag

    Machiavelli was the greatest political thinker of all time. That his name has come to have negative connotations reveals more about our culture than about the M-man. We have, perhaps since Woodrow Wilson, perhaps since the Pilgrims, an attitude of self-righteousness and missionary zeal that is uncomfortable viewing politics as a logical discipline.

    By the way, for those who appreciate Machievelli I’d recommend the memoirs of Lee Kwan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore. A great political, economic, and social thinker and man of action.

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