That is jaw-dropping. Only a f***ing arrogant American could tell that story and COMPLETELY OMI|T the history of the development of socialism and trade unionism, and make it sound like it was his idea. Give me a break. I'm speechless.
What a hostile speechless response Martin. Unless I'm mistaken, I don't think historical accuracy is the point of this exercise. It is a personal plea for an empathetic society, that's all. It misses out on tons of other stuff as well ...
Arguing for empathetic collectivism via biological determinism, well intentioned as it is, is, at its very heart, as intellectually reductive as nazi eugenics. No wonder people like Gould didn't have much time for Rifkin.
Well ... now that's a more reasoned argument I suppose. He's not just a "f***ing arrogant American who leaves out the development of socialism" etc when seeking to prove humans are all potentially empathetic by nature ... He's also a nazi.... Just kidding. Seriously, I see where you're coming from Martin, and appreciate that you've actually looked up Jay Gould and all that stuff. You've revealled to me that Rifkin is a bit of a wierdo I suppose. But I liked the animation and the spirit of the piece. Also I like the Marxist one ... For the not so well read (such as me) all those pictures really help.
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