Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A picture of a conspiracists worst nightmare:
Here are two books I own, pictured together: the first is a stodgy, post-war manual about the "Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninsm", printed in the Soviet Union for use by Communist cadres in other countries. The second is a complete record of the rituals of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Interesting stuff.
"Fundamentals" is very, very, dry, and devotes an inordinate amount of time talking about 'materialist philosophy', which you could summarize in about fifteen pages. Yet, this is the revision made after Stalin's death, that was described by one of the authors (who later became involved in the reforms of Glasnost and Perestroika) as being something along the lines of corrected so as not to be an embarrassment. So as not to be complete trash, then.