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  • Mathew Morrell
    I m having a hard time finding the page/chapter where Shaw makes that rather cryptic statement about those who have not character and industry enough to be
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 8, 2005
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      I'm having a hard time finding the page/chapter where Shaw makes
      that rather cryptic statement about those who have "not character
      and industry enough to be worth" clothing and food.

      Rest assured, however, it's not a fraudulent quote. As a matter of
      fact, it's a well-known phrase in "An Intelligent Woman's Guide to
      Socialism", a book that can be bought through Amazon or downloaded
      for free through the Internet. The phrase perfectly, though
      unintentionally, exposes the ugly side of modern socialism and its
      obsession for the perfect society. Unfortunately, modern socialism
      bases its principles on flawed scientific views of human life.
      Mankind's is seen through the filter of Darwinism in biology,
      Freudianism in psychology, and Marxism-Leninism in politics.

      But let's not pick on Shaw. Shaw stood for more than his political
      beliefs. This is what makes his art and his philosophy intriguing to
      non-socialist and socialists alike; he realized early in his play-
      writing career that social drama for propaganda purposes is dull and
      inflexible. What the artist really needs is a symbol of intensity
      that transcends neatly packaged moral messages and ethical self
      rightcheousness. Evolution was Shaw's"symbol of intensity." Science
      was Well's. Hemingway used war as his symbol of intensity while Rod
      Serling used the occult and paranormal. All four of these writers
      had strong feeling on politics, yet their work rarely falls into the
      realm of political propaganda.

      If only today's artists could reach the same conclusion. . .


      Mathew Morrell
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