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Jon Bartlett Left wing political parodies (48) RE: Left wing political parodies 11 Nov 08


What Dick said, but the penultimate line is surely:

Now it`s time to say goodbye to all the bourgeoisie:

A Gerry Healy verse (Christ, this takes me back!)

When all the Trots have from their labours rest,
Hear the cry from Clapham loud above the rest,
We are the biggest Trots, and the best,
Says Gerry Healy, says Gerry Healy.

Another Terry Eagleton special (to the tune of "Say Something Stupid"):

The day I found Dick Hoggart was a popular reformist sentimentalist
Nostalgic petty bourgeois social democrat subjectivist empiricist
I saw the light of day, I turned to Ray, my structure of feeling it was born anew
Until I found he as a sentimenatlist nostalgic petty bourgeois too.

Well then I read some Lukacs that was fine, I towed the line about totality
And since I was a prole, it stirred my soul to know my consciousness could set men free
I was ignorant of Scott, but who was not? It didn't matter, Georgy was my man
That dirty low-down formulistic Stalinist historicist Hegelian.

Well, things were getting schlecht - I turned to Brecht and Piscator and Walter Benjamin
Productive forces shock Verfremdung contradiction, baby, it was just my scene
Though Benjamin was swell, well, what the hell, who could admire as his main theorist
An adjacentist eclectic individualist technologistic humanist.

More to come.

Jon Bartlett


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