Once again, crotchety old men, so out of touch with what's happening in the world, and so bitter that the world didn't listen to their wisdom, that they have already written their own epitaph: "Irrelevance."


On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 9:57 PM, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
When Marx returned to London from a vacation in Germany during which some aristocratic friends had wined and dined him, someone asked him: That kind of entertainment wouldn't be available under socialsm. Marx replied,I'll be dead by then.

The cave paintings of southern France (which include poor ones, sort of scribbles, at the lower parts of the walls, indicating youthful practice)  seem to reflect a certain joy in being alive, and yet those poor  saps didn't have MacBooks. What foolishness to measure a set of human relations by the gimcracks they produce. I got through grad school using a Royal portable, that skidded all over the desk when one typed. How come capitalism hadn't provided me with a computer. It's sort of entertaining to come across these scraps of Michael B's ranting when others quote him. I wonder if socialism will ever produce that kind of entertainment. Probably.


On 10/7/2011 5:36 PM, Larry Romsted wrote:


From:  Michael Balter<[log in to unmask]COM>

Could socialism have produced the MacBook? I hope so.


Michael Balter
Contributing Correspondent, Science
Adjunct Professor of Journalism,
New York University

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“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."
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