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Amateur Thinker

July 21, 2010

The work was done for the day and the chores were completed.  I ate a healthy dinner and by 8 pm had some spare time.  I figured I would catch up on some reading I’d been meaning to do.  In two hours, I reasoned, I could resolve a few things in my own mind.  … Five-and-a-half hours later I had perused and cogitated on quite a list of subjects:  Capitalism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Individualism, Collectivism, Statism, Theology, Democratization, Republicanism, Totalitarianism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Elitism, Classism, Racism, Oppression, Anarchism, Black Liberation Theology, Imperialism, Racism, Capital, Labor, Property, Proletariat, Bourgeoisie, Revolution. … I read some papers and essays from the Weather Underground, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Institute for Democratic Socialism, and the thoughts of folks such as Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeff Jones, et al, James H. Cone, Michael Harrington, and Benjamin Tucker.

Interestingly, all of the subjects and heavy-duty thinkers above are not completely unrelated.  Furthermore, some ideologies birthed in the mid-19th century and that reached their adolescence in the 1960s are quite topical today.  And being still an impressionable young mind with a natural curiosity, I found it all a bit troubling.  Like I said, I figured I would be able to figure it all out by the time I went to bed.  Not so much.  Instead, the remembrance of my first vocational ambition percolated up to the shiny parts of my brain.  When I was about eight years old I remember telling my grandmother that I wanted to be a hermit when I grew up.  I wonder why that came to mind last night?  Hermitism.  I need to research that a bit more, too. … Stay tuned.

  1. ChelRonA permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:51 am

    Hey Hugo!

    We’ve actually looked up most of those terms in the dictionary looking for some insight.

    We’re pretty sure the thoughts of those folks you mentioned live by the “Rules For Radicals”. Have you ever read that book by Saul Alinsky? It’s a tough read if you are a true American!

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