Occupy: History Repeats as Reality Show

Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.  He was pointing out the difference between Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France and scourge of Europe, defeated at the battle of Waterloo, and his less impressive nephew, Louis Napoleon, also emperor, defeated at the battle of Sedan in 1870. Here's the full quotation from The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon: Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. With the appearance of the Occupy movement, I think we can improve on that.  How about this: We can see the truth of Marx's dictum, as amended, in the rise of the Occupy movement.  In the tragic 1840s generation of Marx, we can say that they certainly had read their Hegel.  In the farcical 1960s generation of Bill Ayers, at least they had read their Marcuse.  But what can we say of the Occupy...(Read Full Article)

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