Friday, January 12, 2007

Still searching for Marx in Faces of Courage ?

Are Zams still searching for any ideational traces of Marxism in Faces of Courage? Stop wasting time and public resources as there is none. I have read the book from cover to cover and line by line twice within two weeks last June. To access to the ideas of the millienium's greatest thinker, there are other less expensive and cumbersome gateways in the 21st century, like Marxists Internet Archive and Situs Kaum Marxist Indonesia, or official websites of the Communist Party of Australia, Communist Party of Britain, Communist Party of Canada, Communist Party of India (M) or Communist Party of USA.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi James,
I’m very much a bookworm, and I’m a great believer in exposing the young to a wide variety of competing ideas. Reading a book or article containing ideas you may disagree with is necessary training for critical thinking, as well as learning how to rebut ideas that you don’t think are right. Students won’t learn that skill from reading bland, sanitized material or just reading one side of the story.

I’ve noticed that many books which used to be easily available in KL bookshops 10 years ago (some I have on my bookshelf) have now disappeared. They haven’t been officially banned, but book importers simply cannot get them through JB Customs.
Most of these are mainstream books, available in any good bookshop or library around the world, but you can’t buy it in Malaysia.

So I’m not surprised the local university standards are dropping, the current generation of UM graduates can’t write proper presentations, don’t know how to rationally critique an idea, and so on.

This probably isn’t related to Zam, this is KDN (AAB) territory.

6:47 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing On said...

Dear kittykat46,

Actually, in this entry, I refer to ZAMS as a sociological type (Max Weber's "typical") whether they are in Ministry of Information or KDN or MCA or the Federation of the Chinese Assembly Halls (Huazhong). ZAMS are powerful or wealthy people without knowledge.

7:47 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

"ZAMS", as a sociological type, refers to what Jose Ortega y Gassett typifies as the MASS MAN in his masterpiece The Rise of the Masses.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Rhan said...

Wing On,
Why you keep on writting about communist? Are you trying to prove something here in Malaysia referring to race or you believe that communicism is a workable ideology?

6:56 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Dear rhan,

Why do you open a blog since July 2005 without entering any of your thoughts and opinions? Just as curious. Cheers.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Rhan said...

鲁迅提出的疑问是“知识阶级将怎么样呢?还是在指挥刀下听令行动,还是发表倾向民众的思想呢?”然后他回答说,“要是发表意见,就要想到什么就说什么。真的知识阶级是不顾利害的,如想到各种利害,就是假的,冒充的知识阶级;”他认为知识阶级“对于社会永不会满意的,所感受的永远是痛苦,所看到的永远是缺点,他们预备着将来的牺牲,社会也因为有了他们而热闹,不过他的本身--心身方面总是痛苦的”。

I didn’t write could be due to I am a pretend intellectual or, the time is not right yet. Honestly I do think about it but not sure of the answer.

I thought your reply could help me to search for a better understanding of myself.

Anyway, thank you.

9:32 AM  

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