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S the past and nostalgia for the earnest belief that a better world is possibleDrawing on considerable archival research and numerous interviews with ex and current Posadists I Want to Believe tells the fascinating story of this most unusual socialist movement and considers why it continues to capture the imaginations of leftists today. As someone who identifies as leftist but who knows almost nothing about leftist history this was a fun and enlightening story of one of the obscure sects It's a very readable account of the sheer number of schisms and splits of parties with and without revolutionary in their names the wild polemics of Posadas and the large cast of his devoted followersFor me the most interesting section by far was Part 3 Neo Posadism specifically Chapter 18 On the Function of the Joke and Irony in History It culminates in a discussion on unity within the working class the need for collaboration between international leftist struggles and absurd and radical openness towards the futureFrom the book's introductionNow that it's just as realistic to fantasize about a ueer commune on Mars as drinkable water in Flint jokes about fully automated luxury gay space communism communicate that if nothing is possible then at least we can demand what we really want since it remains eually unattainable as our pragmatic concerns

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I Want to BelieveAdvocating nuclear war attempting communication with dolphins and taking an interest in the paranormal and UFOs there is perhaps no greater or stranger cautionary tale for the Left than that of PosadismNamed after the Argentine Trotskyist J Posadas the movement's journey through the fractious and sectarian world of mid 20th century rev. Posadas recalled Moreno’s insistence on referring to the Marxist canon to settle their dispute 'They insulted us they brought mountains of books of Trotsky of Marx of Engels hoping to crush us A game of insults followed in which we never gave up the ball' When Moreno said he had read all three volumes of Capital Posadas replied that he had 'read six'

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Download I Want to Believe ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Advocating nuclear war attempting communication with dolphins and taking an interest in the paranormal and UFOs there is perhaps no greater or stranger cautionary tale for the Left than that of PosadismNamed after the Argentine Trotskyist J Posadas the movementOlutionary socialism was uniue Although at times significant Posadas' movement was ultimately a failure As it disintegrated it increasingly grew to resemble a bizarre cult detached from the working class it sought to liberate The renewed interest in Posadism today especially for its outlandish fixations speaks to both a cynicism toward. At first excavated from the dustbin of history for comic relief Posadas’s distorted visage has become endearing even inspiring with each mushroom cloud meme