“The proletarians have nothing to loose but their chains. They have a world to win.”
Of everything I’ve read in the Adult Book Reports, this is probably the most notorious. Whether it is looked at as gospel or heresy,this is the book that inspired both revolution and McCarthyism. This is one of those banned books that I’m sure the purchase of puts me on a government watch list. This is Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels most well-known work. This is The Communist Manifesto.
This book was very difficult for me to read objectively. I am diametrically opposed to almost every idea held within it. I do not believe that private property, free markets, and minimal government are the evils presented in the text. After I was able to disconnect my own personal views with what was presented within the manifesto, I partially understood its appeal. To throw off the oppressive overlords and have working class unite against them. To give the power back to those who sell their labor to merely scratch by. To get away from the oppressive hierarchy and have an equal share. Written in a persuasive and almost motivational manner, this book really pushes its points home through the writing. Marx and Engels obviously are true believers in their dogma and it reverberates throughout the text. They genuinely want everyone to have an equal shot at the surrounding and feel by uniting the downtrodden, this will be achieved.
When originally distributed this was a pamphlet. It is also presented in a way to appeal to the lowest common denominator. The target audience is obviously the poor and uneducated who will tear down the oppressive hierarchy. Those who are underfoot by tyranny will see this as a guiding light and begin to establish the ideas within. Divided into four parts, it can be easily recounted to others and broken down into small blurbs. It is an amazing piece of propaganda on par with something from the Civil Defense Corps or radical religious material. It is a powerful, persuasive and incredibly well-written text. It pushed me to think and examine my own politics, but never in any real way to convert me. If anything, whilst reading this I often found myself questioning the purpose of the state at all. This was an interesting read, if only for its historical significance. If you feel the need to read this, take it with a grain of salt.
“WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!”
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T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland is a long form, four hundred thirty four line poem divided into five parts. Written in 1922, it is waist deep in references to other pieces of literature and in his notes the author proudly cites his influences. It tells the basic legend of the holy grail interwoven with the author’s own conjectures and themes. Eliot switches narrators and shifts from philosophy to satire, making it somewhat difficult to follow. Do yourselves a favor and get a copy of this book with annotations, without them you will be lost in the weeds and curious as to the intentions of this poet.
I feel that parts four and five, Death by Water and What the Thunder Said are my favorite sections of this poem, mostly because they are the easiest to follow. Maybe it’s heresy, but I feel the entire work would have benefited from being a collection of poems as opposed to one long poem. The loose connection maintained throughout the text makes this somewhat difficult to comprehend and causes the reader’s experience to suffer
Overall, this is a great work. My major issues with it revolve around the inaccessibility this will exhibit to some readers. It’s a dense poem, that is hard to consume in large bites and most certainly is not a casual read. I read it twice with the annotations and a study guide as to not miss anything. Even with all that it is well worth your time if you’re willing to put in the extra effort. It’s an intense book, but the author’s talented word structure is unmatched. Often touted as one of the great poems of the twentieth century, this poem certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.
Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans podcast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his articles here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here or download his e-book here. Be sure to follow Bored Shenanigans on Twitter or Facebook.
No Johnfingering around and soup will go uneaten this episode. Here we have the B.S. Crew speaking seriously on the topic of government and what its ultimate goal or end should be. Not sure how effectively we do this but, hey you may hate everything we say but at least we made you think.
Seamlessly and successfully time tends to scamper away from you some days. In some miraculous manner, even the best laid intentions some how flutter far off into the stratosphere. So how does one cage the elusive animal of time? Is it a slow mastery akin to ancient art or is it just a goddamn hard-nosed determination to beat it? Lengthy and often redundant amounts of thought have gone into this quandary, so what does one do upon the realization that, “Oh shit, there went my weekend?” Do they frenziedly and frantically fight to maintain a little bit of dignity in the face of adversity or do you shrug it off to bad luck, poor timing, and some other variables?
I have no fucking idea. I do know ,however that we have all been on both a winning and a losing side of this particular skirmish. We have all managed and wrangled our allotted schedule with vigor and not allowed anything to stop our goal, other times we are standing beneath a leviathan surely to be crushed. I guess my only conclusion hope for the best and plan for the worst. Do not be too unnecessarily hard on yourself when calamity interferes, but also do not await such calamity’s interference to get things accomplished.
Alas, dear reader I have used this article and you as a distraction long enough and must go forth and accomplish as opposed to squandering away more motherfucking time. So stop using me as a distraction and go out and achieve as well.
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