On October 8, Senator Mike Lee tweeted the following: “We’re not a democracy.” Senator Lee, in this particular case, is correct. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 intended the United States to be a nondemocratic republic which would protect the interests of a very small group of people over the majority of the citizenry.
In this 2013 talk, Marxist fantasy author China Miéville outlines his case for a socialist defense of Halloween and Gothic fiction. In contrast to socialist literature's historically troubled relationship with ghosts and other fantastic beings, Mr. Miéville calls on socialists to develop a Gothic Marxism in solidarity with all those who have been made monstrous.
Franz Fanon (1925-1962) was a well-known psychiatrist and philosopher. In “The Wretched of the Earth”, he argues for decolonization, presenting us with a moral imperative to invent and carry out a new direction for humanity.
Things and people are generally defined by their contradictions. This is especially true of Casper the Friendly Ghost. Indeed, one of the contradictions is right in the title. Ghosts are generally scary. Casper is a ghost who is friendly. Our goal is to illuminate the dialectics of Casper, and determine what the primary contradiction driving his personal growth is.
Capitalism is a political and economic system in which a small, privileged few — the ruling class — control the world and its resources (which they consider to be their “private property”) and exploit the majority of humanity.