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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. David Anderson
    November 19, 2015 @ 8:31 am

    Going back to a tangent in a previous post…

    Has any Marxist ever explained the eventual failure of the Russian revolution by pointing out that Russia was a society coming out of feudalism into capitalism, that Lenin and other leaders of the revolution were first-generation or zero-generation bourgeois rather than proletarian, and that structurally it corresponds to the Commonwealth between Charles I and Charles II than to anything yet to happen in UK history? In short, by rejecting the Leninist part of Marxist-Leninist. It seems an obvious line to take, yet I’ve never heard of it being done.

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    • John
      November 19, 2015 @ 9:29 am

      Yes, numerous people have argued this.

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  2. Iain Coleman
    November 19, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    It’s a side point, but the linked article about the atomic bombing of Japan is quite poor. In particular, the assertions about the motivations and conduct of President Truman and the US leadership appear to have been designed by the author for rhetorical effect rather than based on historical understanding.

    On these issues, I recommend the nuclear warfare historian Alex Wellerstein. In particular, the following blog posts are good starting points for understanding the atomic bombing decisions:

    http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2013/03/08/the-decision-to-use-the-bomb-a-consensus-view/

    http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2015/08/03/were-there-alternatives-to-the-atomic-bombings/

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  3. plutoniumboss
    November 19, 2015 @ 10:21 pm

    “The art of achieving this ‘plausibility’ is now well-honed.”

    The most successful superhero adaptations, in my view, begin with the source material and then sprinkle in some saucy, naturalistic dialog and humor.

    I think Hollywood and the DC comics fans have it ass-backwards. They want the bloviated, heavy-handedness of the comics, the viscera of GoT, and the theatricality of Tosca.

    If not for those fans, WB wouldn’t have let Chris Nolan within a mile within the Batman franchise. Because we demanded realism, and “verisimilitude” (Donner’s phrase), we deservedly have to suffer through Nolan and Snyder. Two directors who really couldn’t give a solitary shit about the source material, not that I blame them.

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  4. 5tephe
    November 20, 2015 @ 2:16 am

    Jack, I fear you are suffering from lack of comment by virtue of the old sin of having said everything there is to say about a topic. And being 100% right.

    There’s just nothing else to add.

    You’ve hit the nail on the head.

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    • Richard Pugree
      November 20, 2015 @ 7:39 am

      Seconded!

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