I Want to Believe (DOWNLOAD)

  • Paperback
  • 249
  • I Want to Believe
  • A.M. Gittlitz
  • English
  • 04 May 2020
  • 9780745340777

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Free read I Want to Believe 108 Olutionary socialism was uniue Although at times significant Posadas' movement was ultimately a failure As it disintegrated it increasingly grew to resemble a bizarre cult detached from the working class it sought to liberate The renewed interest in Posadism today especially for its outlandish fixations speaks to both a cynicism toward. Very informative

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Free read I Want to Believe 108 S the past and nostalgia for the earnest belief that a better world is possibleDrawing on considerable archival research and numerous interviews with ex and current Posadists I Want to Believe tells the fascinating story of this most unusual socialist movement and considers why it continues to capture the imaginations of leftists today. AM Gittlitz books has to be one of the best of the year The dictum attributed to both Jameson s i ek that it is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism does not ring the same after reading this book For a time at least during the cold war it seemed that one would usher in the next These impossibilities start to converge while reading I WANT TO BELIEVE both truly intergalactic in scope a world revolution and the contact with highly advanced extraterrestrial civilizations In this brief succinct and packed booklet Gittlitz achieves what every heretical Maxwell Marxian demon is supposed to be doing ride the entropy wave of XX century left wing movements look into their irradiated innards follow purges sectarian suabbles amidst the spectacle of reciprocal excommunication while admiring their intransigence while even overcoming the impasse of internal bickering and what amounts to the roots of cancel culture The book zooms in via primary sources into the life of these unknown abusive and authoritarian figureheads and extracts essential cautionary tales lessons for a XXI century steeped in secular catastrophisma I welcome a book that provincializes Euroatlantic any limited Eurocentric or traditional Cold War model include here the Soviet or Eastern European when dealing with a complex geographic situation of the global sweep revolutionary left wing internationalist movements and alliances had during the 50s 60s 70s Eminently well researched from primary sources it deals in fine detail with South American Cuban Guatemalan Mexico etc and especially Argentian labor movements political and social history be it trough its anarchist communist and Trotskyist guise One also finally gets a feel of what the whole StalinTrotsky split was all about without feeling defeatist or being partisan You almost get the feeling like the European Fourth International Trotskyist base Mandel etc is both fragmented as well as constantly stimulated by its much active mordant and defiant brothers and sisters Both tragedy farce at the same time it truly makes you see what went on the eve of Missile Crisis or why against current common sense Atomic 3 war was expected or even followed with exultation The revolutionary spark always seems to travel from splinter groups to the center from the breakaways becoming extreme necessarily desperate or non realist speculative imaginative at the most inopportune times and frankly and as blasphemic as it sounds demonstrating how important it is sometimes to stay out of touch with the times while being in the middle of it all The value of this vertiginous cultishness of transforming unsuspected ideologic collages into a fruitful aberration leads straight into a hallucinatory bubble that makes the Posadist heresy paradoxically prepared to confront dead ends and apathy b The most important was for me the Wu Ming Luther Blissett MIR Men in Red Italian connection and revival in the 1990s and noughts with radical ufology groups morphing from the Posdadist collapse fringe group status into something else As center margins relations have inverted the fringe or what has been largely critiued as fringe beliefs has long morphed and feedback fed into larger achieving some sort of vindictive post ironical comeback Whatever was laughable or considered low culture trash trappings and sensationalist dribble is now animated and pervasive than ever Strains of dogmatic straight jacket thinking are thus hybridized with the outrageous and unpopular strains The politicization of the conspirative UFO terrain Marxism and the uestion of Fermi s Paradox had to be investigated and Gitlitz does this with great passion This is why a history of anonymous collective personas or collective name places attracts because it highlights these alien unexpected by no means exaggeratedly galactic alliances the very baptismal of activistculturaltroll from the an of videocracy to meme magicmemetic warfare Spock Block LARPing politics In its Marxist alienist revisionism neo Posadism goes to reveal even the Carl Sagan Iosif Shklovsky space bridge started in the early 60s as an important missing link The whole SETI enterprise stops being what we thought it was an apolitical aimless and looney enterprise and gets the aura of a galactic euality crusade of seeking beyond the inevitability of inevitable civilizational collapse brought about by imperialism dead end capitalism Taking the position of the Italian MIR 1990s seem to offer a double reading of the alien phenomenon on the cinematic blockbuster scale Gitlitz opposes the alien exploitative perspective of Independence Day to the universalist progressive outlook of Star Trek First Contact In this galatic line of thinking SETI rings true during the Cold War as a commons of interrelated set of values an optimist belief in the universality of reasonintelligence across species boundaries not only on earth or East West but across the universe Each exobiology search and alien communication attempt aims to see much farther than the gathering clouds of the nuclear holocaust Big Filters are to be seen via this eschaton of the failed expelled Posadists At their worst their best they offer another instance of evolutionary futurism an abortive uncomfortable at the same time generous version of transhumanism What is perhaps missing is the Maoist perspective who s post atomic post nuclear holocaust perspective itself esposes a bizaree survivalist arithmetic by Mao s own reckoning if half the world population died thenthe other half would remain while imperialism would be rayed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist While the current entrepreneurial elite of Star Settlers as Fred Nadis calls them in recent book Elon M Bezzos Virgin Galactic their ilk seem to adhere to a completly exploitative ethos of platinum travel business class in space Posadism offers a compelling zany and embarrassingly sincere counter narrativeAfter Posadas death in 1981 obscure ex Posadists as Dante Minazzoli in Italy and Paul Schulz in Germany and after 1990 Berlin each separate each nearly forgotten because such cosmist visions and UFO Trotkyst missions seem so out of date as to be completly abandoned Disconnected in space in time other heretic voices make an appearance tektological proto system theorist Bolshevic Alexander Bogdanov who fell out of grace with Lenin and fellow Russian cosmists Fedorov Tsiolkoski also make an important appearance in I WANT TO BELIEVE and constitute a sort of yardstick or possible evolutionary futurism rethoric line aking to what Andrew Pilsch uncovers that unites all of these forgotten and rediscovered undercurrents of Sci fi politics revolution on earth and in outer space where the earth revolution is intimately bound with the galactic flight of imagination

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Free read I Want to Believe 108 Advocating nuclear war attempting communication with dolphins and taking an interest in the paranormal and UFOs there is perhaps no greater or stranger cautionary tale for the Left than that of PosadismNamed after the Argentine Trotskyist J Posadas the movement's journey through the fractious and sectarian world of mid 20th century rev. Posadas recalled Moreno s insistence on referring to the Marxist canon to settle their dispute They insulted us they brought mountains of books of Trotsky of Marx of Engels hoping to crush us A game of insults followed in which we never gave up the ball When Moreno said he had read all three volumes of Capital Posadas replied that he had read six