I think I could've really liked this book if my English teacher hadn't ruined it for me by reading the whole thing in a monotone (not even enunciationI think I could've really liked this book if my English teacher hadn't ruined it for me by reading the whole thing in a monotone (not even enunciation changes for dialogue) and by giving us the 'answers' to the symbolism....more
1 Definitions: 1.1 Communism: communism (A scheme of equalizing the social conditions of life; specifically, a schemKarl Marx The Communist Manifesto
1 Definitions: 1.1 Communism: communism (A scheme of equalizing the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all.) as it pertains to Karl Marx's views presented in The Communist Manifesto. 1.2 Words where the meaning is unclear are defined as they are used in Karl Marx's views presented in The Communist Manifesto.
2 The Views of Karl Marx as presented in The Communist Manifesto 2.1 The cycle of society is such that there will always be a class of oppressors and a class of the oppressed. But the cycle, being a cycle, results in the oppressors becoming the oppressed, and the oppressed becoming the oppressors, so on and so forth. 2.1.1 This endless cycle of oppressors becoming oppressed is at a standstill in the bourgeoisie and proletariat. (There are other classes, but they will fade, as machines and factories remove other jobs.) The status quo has resulted in machinery slowly replacing and lowering the wages of the proletarian, the workers. And the oppressed have no way of becoming the oppressors. 2.1.2 The only hope for the proletariats is that they are forming 'unions' and by becoming unified across countries, they have the ability to, as a majority, to remove the key to the bourgeoisie's control, by removing competition between the laborers. 2.2 The communists work to unite the proletariat across nationality. 2.2.1 The communists work to remove all private property. This is because all private property belongs to the bourgeoisie, and any dminishing middle class, not the proletarian. 2.2.2 The communists believe that many social structures and religions are simply a result of what will help and allow the current ruling class to rule, presently the burgiousies. 2.3 While many philosophers and suedo-philosophers would agree or claim to agree that change is needed, the others methods fail because they are all based on restoring a previous, less harsh system of ruling class and inferior class. However, the historical cycle has been shown to progressively result in a ruling class and an inferior class, which is not preferred. 2.4 The communists support whatever party will further the unity and creation of a strong proletarian class. This may sometimes mean supporting the bourgeoisie for a time, but always with the goal of a revolution focusing on the proletariat.
3 Analysis of Communism 3.1 While this theory of a happy community in which all work for all is nice, it is only nice in theory. If we ignore any shortcomings in the need for a change, and attempt to accept communism as an alternative to the status quo, there is one major shortcoming: the belief that a society could exist in which all worked for the good of all is undermimed by his own argument. If it truly worked that way, when the inferior class, in the historical cycle, became the ruling class, they would attempt to help all, having experienced being oppressed. However, history shows each is out for himself, and only wants 'society' to benefit as much as it benefits the individual....more
“The Battle for Tomorrow” by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall is narrated by Angela (Ange), who has had to deaREVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED ON READER VIEWS KIDS.
“The Battle for Tomorrow” by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall is narrated by Angela (Ange), who has had to deal with lots of adult-level responsibilities in her sixteen years. In her thirteenth year, her mom had a stroke on her right side and lost speech and most mobility. Also at thirteen, Ange had her first abortion. Now, at sixteen, she is getting her second abortion, and while she accepts that her relationship with the 23-year-old political activist is over, Ange is totally convinced of the need for activism.
In fact, Ange is willing to give up her goth-personality for a more responsible looking personality, and move to Washington, D.C. so that she can attend more rallies, particularly a large one later in the fall. Ange, at only sixteen, has some problems on her own, but manages living in a hostel, working at a grocery.
As she attends civil disobedience trainings and starts to lead trainings herself, Ange struggles to lead and interact with adults when they know she’s underage. Additionally, the protocol for dealing with a minor in the event of arrest is problematic and bureaucratic for a minor without a guardian to call upon.
Throughout the book, Ange learns to personally handle her own (temporary) “age-deficiency” and learns how to interact with adults in a mature and responsible way. She also challenges societies’ methods for handling minors, fighting for her right to live independently, without a legal guardian.
Dr. Bramhall’s writing flowed well. Written in first-person narrative, almost stream-of-consciousness style, “The Battle for Tomorrow” used the technique well. Ange’s voice was well-defined and clear. Dr. Bramhall captured the voice of a scared teenager who is still figuring herself out very well.
Although I didn’t agree with some of Ange’s political leanings (e.g., socialism), I admired the passion Ange exhibited, and the resolve she had to act on her beliefs and to see change happen. This inspired me to strive harder to stand up for my beliefs, even in ways that might not be comfortable.
I was also fascinated by the lifestyles I might not normally be exposed to – of living in a hostel, of marching and blockading roads – and I thought the book well-exposed the personal rationales behind any extremist movement.
Although I really enjoyed this book, I would only recommend this book to older readers, as it dealt with mature themes. That said, I would highly recommend “The Battle for Tomorrow” – it was an inspiring and insightful look at political change and the struggle for minors....more