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Posted March 13, 2004
Puts me in mind of the advertisement that warns mothers not to tell their children the product is good for them - it's so nice-tasting they'll assume it's a treat. The author's fireside-chat style is so gently informative and assured, I found myself effortlessly following his historical sweep from the creation of the earth through to modern America - learning all kinds of tidbits along the way. Did you know that over half of all the agricultural produce in the world originates in plants cultivated by American Indians? He draws you into the flow of society's development, making parallels between the revolutionary appearance of a backbone in fish, and social revolutions punctuating periods of quiet evolution in human society. Places the American war of independence and civil war firmly in this context, and leaves the reader quietly convinced that the logical next phase of history includes workers power. Will give you satisfying food for thought.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2004
George Novack points out that for most of human history private property was not even a concept human beings could imagine. He shows that history (pre-human as well as human) is marked by revolutionary advances. Cynics and reactionaries argue that progress is an illusion and revolution is beyond the scope of humanity today. Novack destroys these positions by pointing to a number of examples from history and science. Novack¿s range of knowledge makes for great reading. But it isn¿t idle entertainment. He ties human survival to the working class fight for solidarity, leading to socialism or communism, a society where class distinctions are abolished. This is a fight we can all participate in. What about the argument that you can¿t change human nature? I won¿t tell you how Novack answers this, so as not to spoil the good read you¿ll have when you sit down with this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2004
When George Novack wrote this great pamphlet it appeared that the prospect for massive struggles by working people in the USA were dismal. Yet, in a few years, Blacks, youth, women and millions of others in this country that wiped out Jim Crow segregation, produced mass feminist consciousness and won abortion rights, helped the Vietnamese people defeat US imperialism, and extended the Cuban revolution for four decades. History is the deep undercurrents produced by the contradictions of society that help us understand why capitalism will undergo great crises, and more importantly how and why workers, farmers, youth, oppressed nationalities will rise against it. Today the contradictions of capitalism that Novack explains here, show in the long run, even a greater radicalization than that of the 1960s and 1970s can and will sweep over this country and the world. It will give working people the chance to take power out of the hands of the super rich and open the road to building another world. Read this pamphlet and you will under stand this. You will learn to live, not in today, not even in tomorrow, but in history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.