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Fri Sep 20, 2013, 12:46 AM

32. Friendly Fascism by Bertram Gross.

Published in 1980, before the Reagan years, very predictive of what's gotten worse in the last 30 years but was already well established: machinery of polls and manufactured assent (like Chomsky), advertising, total surveillance of citizens and so forth.

I got it from my deceased uncle's library in Akron after his widow told me I could take whatever books I wanted. He was a lifelong Socialist and more particularly a Technocrat. A cool dude.
My dad, his older brother, voted for Norman Thomas in '32 and was an OCAW organizer back in the bad old days even before FDR passed wage and hour laws. Uncle never mellowed into a liberal Democrat.
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Karl Marx A Nineteenth Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber (March 2013)

A new biography. A heavy read but interesting. I have not read Marx other than some parts of Das Kapital that are in the Great Books.

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