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Goodbye Plato and Jefferson, Hello Lenin!

Both Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin would be pleased if they could see how their doctrines have been realized in the United States.

  • Walter Clemens
  • CounterPunch

As I learned at Moscow State University in the 1950s, dialectical materialism (“diamat”) holds that the economic base—who owns what—determines the political, social, and cultural superstructure.

Counter Punch logo 2b LThe superstructure spawns a false ideology—an illusion that the present arrangement between haves and have-nots is inevitable and as good as it gets.

The superstructure creates an educational system and mass media that foster this illusion.

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