'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there' (or the strange case of ‘Comrade’ Bala)

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'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there' (or the strange case of ‘Comrade’ Bala)
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Kino quotes the slogan: you

Kino quotes the slogan: you don't have to be mad to be a Marxist but it helps.  There's probably some truth in it.  But how much madder you have to be to go along with capitalism!  

If you support capitalism and bourgeois democracy at all, then just think what you are doing. You're approving of starvation for millions;  never ending misery for all those living in bourgeois war zones; a totally pointless existence, with no relief in sight other than death, for all of us  the unemployed; a similarly pointless existence with no relief in sight for those of us lucky enough to have a boring job paying barely enough wages to live on.  You're condoning the  tedious monotony of what passes for leisure  today, with  the endlessly repetitive spectacle of celebrities posing, the rich and famous brandishing their wealth and power; and  the amazingly cliche ridden  entertainment industry, with plotless films, vampires bleeding everywhere and violence and fictional cruelty on perpetual display reflecting the actual real cruelty of the bourgeois world outside the tv, where the newsreels only confirm the horror and emptiness of capitalism now.  

And yet they joked that Marxism is mad!