Revolution and Marxism, Teckla and Phoenix

David Silberstein davids at kithrup.com
Sun Mar 2 01:05:26 PST 2003

On Wed, 26 Feb 2003, - Holly - wrote:

>Background Information:
>I don't know how many of you are or are not Marxists or know anything
>about Marx's ideals, so I will try to make this as simple and as
>explanatory as possible from my own perspective on revolution. Note,
>I have read very little Trotsky so I do not have a very good
>understanding of the idea of permanent revolution, thus I probably
>cannot give an accurate portrayal of Teckla or Phoenix. However, I
>recently I have been reading a lot of Marx because my own ideals very
>closely correspond

Long, long ago - well, a year-and-a-half, more or less -
I wrote an analysis on Brokedown Palace as a Marxist analogy.
The thread is archived here:


I have been meaning to re-write that analysis in light of some
comments by Steve himself, and some recent cogitations on the
matter.  However, I wanted to read more by Marx himself first.
I have managed to wade through the _Communist Manifesto_, but I
also wanted to complete _Capital_.  I have not yet even started
that work.

Nevertheless, it is my intention to write another draft, based on
those thoughts and on some of the terminology provided in your essay,
and it is my hope that you (and others, perhaps) will provide insight
to anything I have managed to miss this time around.

[snip summary of Marxism - which in some places reads rather like a
rephrasing of the events of _Brokedown Palace_ :-) ]