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Download ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ½ A.M. Gittlitz 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'

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Download I Want to Believe 107 À 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 cen 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. As someone who identifies as leftist but who knows almost nothing about leftist history this was a fun and enlightening story of one of the obscure sects It's a very readable account of the sheer number of schisms and splits of parties with and without revolutionary in their names the wild polemics of Posadas and the large cast of his devoted followersFor me the most interesting section by far was Part 3 Neo Posadism specifically Chapter 18 On the Function of the Joke and Irony in History It culminates in a discussion on unity within the working class the need for collaboration between international leftist struggles and absurd and radical openness towards the futureFrom the book's introductionNow that it's just as realistic to fantasize about a ueer commune on Mars as drinkable water in Flint jokes about fully automated luxury gay space communism communicate that if nothing is possible then at least we can demand what we really want since it remains eually unattainable as our pragmatic concerns

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I Want to BelieveOlutionary 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. Most people will have come to know about Posadas and Posadism purely as a meme Some older folks may identify him as a weird kind of sad warning for the fate of trotskyist sectarianism Both aspects are certainly present in Gittlitz' book but there's also far than just that serving as both an in depth look at the personal life of Posadas the man and a general primer on the history of 20th century latin american trotskyism Relying heavily on primary sources Gittlitz reconstructs as accurately as possible the early life of Homero Cristalli and the millieu he was born in showing us how the stage was set for an argentinean youth with almost no formal education to become J Posadas leader of arguably one of the major tendencies in world communism as well as his later descent into cultishness and obscurityThe outré stuff dolphins and UFOs occupies only a relatively small section of the book but is dealt with seriously and it was in fact never a main aspect of Posadas' thought and ably linked with the major corpus of his brand of catastrophist trotskyism catastrotskyism would have made for a good adjective and its theoretical evaluation of the course of world history It's in a similar subject where a weakness emerges a capitulation to the trotskyist version of 20th century history that pops up here and there While understanding it is important to be able to place oneself in the posadist worldview there doesnt seem to be any indication that this is a particular point of view espoused by the subject matter and is just presented as fact This is however neither something that appears very often nor does it taint the main arguments presented throughout the book The book closes with an exposition on the afterlives of posadism both its decline into obscurity and it'´s strange revival via radical ufology The book also shines in these sections showing how elements from past communist struggles can be repurposed and refashioned into something new how the dustbin of history can perhaps be conceived as a recyclebin of history while at the same time warning of the potentially paralysing effects of too much ironic detachment On a stylistic note the book is engaging throughout without relying on jargon but without falling into oversimplification Definitely a worthwhile read