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The God That FailedAn interesting range of perspectives on how communism failed as an ideology to achieve its claims of ending ineuality poverty etc From those who once believed in it only to see the horrors of Stalinism and the errors in general of the communist ideology that favoured conformity to free individual self expression Favoured catchy slogans repeated over and over to thoughtful iscourse And worst of all naively assumed an innocence to the oppressed groups in society that would not lead to corruption once they had power Of course it id lead to corruption because there is no such thing as an innocent group of people This is a false romanticism Any structure of power Particularly One As Centralised And one as centralised and over by so few people without accountability as a communist one is bound to lead to the corruption of those at the top of the tree The God of Communism failed because it forgot that human nature has corruption inside it and we need humility always in the face of this not arrogance and false veneers of moral superiority We cannot assuage our guilt by projecting onto a romanticised innocent group For no such group exists We must learn to face up to our own guilt as illustrating our own weaknesses our own sins Not to project this on to others in some repeating narrative of oppressors and oppressed If we cannot even face our own flaws we are in no position to pronounce assuredly about the flaws of the world The God that failed here was a misplaced faith in human innocence that simply oes not exist outside the fairy tales and romantic stories we tell to children it s a very interesting book and its particularity is that it gives the views of six prominent writers on communism what bothered me was the ate of its publishing 1950 right in the middle of the storm of mccarthy in the usa although i couldn t agree with the views those writers argue and by now history proves them right it oes sounds a lot like they were sitting in front of a jurya maccarthy commissiontrying to convince them that their love story with communism was an error from the past and explain why they found out later it was actually evil Give it 45 stars Very valuable both for historical perspective and for relationship to current conditionsAll six writers have something to say that s illuminating and fresh even though the book is nearly 70 years old They all were attracted to Communism for ifferent reasons but repelled by it for similar reasons largely because it was inhumane and idn t begin to eliver on the repelled by it for similar reasons largely because it was inhumane and idn t begin to eliver on the are several nice reviews on Goodreads so I won t go on Definitely would recommend it and would read it again If I run across a copy I ll buy it And will look into reading from each writer Have read Koestler several times and Silone once may read Bread and Wine again plus some Wright and some Spender This was one of the best books I have read in a long time Originally published in 1949 it consists of six essays #From Intellectuals Who Had Been Either Members Of The Communist #intellectuals who had been either members of the Communist or fellow travelers The essays are personal narratives of why they had initially supported Communism and then what led them to abandon the movement The essayists included are Arthur Koestler Ignazio Silone Richard Wright Andre Gide Louis Fischer and Stephen Spender While Silone s essay id not hold my attention the other five Haylee did and in uite a remarkable manner Wright s account of why he as a black man felt particularlyrawn to Co. The God That Failed is a classic work and crucial The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945 (The Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945) document of the Cold War that brings together essays by six of the most important writers of the twentieth century on their conversion to and subseuentisillusionment with communism In escribing their own experiences the authors illustrate the fate of left. A book that has stuck with me over the years in part because of its historicity and its personal touch I especially loved Koestler s contribution though every

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s contribution managed to the insanity of the age through the lens of their own experience Above all else it s a seminal read on the phenomena that took place uring the interwar years and seemed to embrace the life of every intellectual in West In an age where liberalism and capitalism were on the outs idealists and reformers needed a new cause to turn to Communism seemed the natural choice especially considering that it was the only ideology that seemed to be taking the rise of fascism seriously Naturally those who embraced this new ideology uickly became 僕のヒーローアカデミア 3-4 disillusioned For some it happened as a result of visiting the Soviet Union and witnessing the Show Trials the Purges and the Great Terror firsthand For others it came from being subjected to the ideological conformity and brutality that Stalinism inspired among its followersIn the end they could only come to the conclusion that human nature is what it is and any ideology that promises salvation is a lie They also concluded that the most precious thing we have is the freedom to think for ourselves The message is timeless but it s especially meaningful in an age characterized by polarization and entrenched views The Devil once lived in Heaven and those who have not met him are unlikely to recognize an angel when they see oneIn The God That Failed six intellectuals explain their reasons for joining the Communist Party and the whys and wherefores for leaving it A harmful truth is better than a useful lie Thomas MannThis is not an anti communist propaganda or a setting for personal apologetics These are uncomfortable contemplations and self analyses about the state of mind of the Communist convertHow could these intellectuals accept theogmatism of Stalinism The only link indeed between these six very ifferent personalities is that all of them after tortured struggles of conscience #chose communism because they had lost faith in #Communism because they had lost faith in and were willing to sacrifice bourgeois liberties in order to efeat Fascism Their conversion in fact was rooted in Karen vs Alien despair aespair of Western valuesAfter becoming Gendered Citizenships disillusioned with Communism the author Richard Wright writes I remember the stories I had written the stories in which I had assigned a role of honor and glory to the Communist Party and I was glad that they wereown in black and white were finished For I knew in my heart that I should never be able to write that way again should never be able to feel with that simple sharpness about life should never again express such passionate hope should never again make so total a commitment of faithI headed toward home alone really alone now telling myself that in all the sprawling immensity of our mighty continent the least known factor of living was the human heart the least sought goal of being was a way to live a human life Perhaps I thought out of my tortured a way to live a human life Perhaps I thought out of my tortured I could fling a spark into this arkness I would try not because I wanted to but because I felt that I had to if I were to live at allI would hurl words into this arkness and wait for an echo and if an echo sounded no matter how faintly I would send other words to tell to match to fight to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all to keep alive in our hearts a sense of the inexpressibly human. Which then caused them to reject it David Engerman's new foreword to this central work of our time recounts the tumultuous events of the era providing essential background It also Singing the Law describes the book's origins and impact the influence of communism in American intellectual life and how the eventsescribed Mmunism and then of how he was #pushed out is heartbreaking I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in political history #out is heartbreaking I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in political history interwar period or just plain good writing uickread of six essays from ex communists about their isillusion period or just plain good writing uickread of six essays from ex communists about their isillusion communism Arthur Koestler s first essay is the most interesting Seems like the Andrew Wright one is taken from his book American Boy It uses the same fictional name of Buddy Nealson for a CP recruiter The Andre Gid book is also taken from his earlier works I We Sell Drugs d read a lot about this book in which six authors in the 1950s told of theirisillusionment with Communism But I Problem Solving in Data Structures Algorithms Using C++ d never been able to trackown an affordable copy of it The one I got literally fell apart as I read it and the essays were in the end Literature of Africa disappointing In general I say they offered no insight than any standard account of why intellectuals abandoned the Party after the heady Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change days of its early fight against Fascism Of all the pieces I liked the most that of Louis Fischer a journalist who lived in the Soviet Union for a timeHere was how he characterized Communism s attraction to him Before long I realized that my choice was made A choiceepends on the available alternative to it I preferred fresh sweeping winds to stale stagnant air and w Although published seven Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature decades ago it is probably relevant today than it was in 1949 These six men talking of the failure of a particular political ideology impart why that ideology failed Not that Communism as a political concept was bad but the godless way in which it was implementedestroyed any good that should have come from it A must read for everyone to help understand the struggles we face today the same struggles we faced late in the second Rebuilding decade and again in the middle of the 20th Century The same fight The same abuse of the common man to gain power that is then again used to abuse the common man Can t recommend this book enough The God That Failed consists of six essays byisillusioned Communists and fellow travelers All six are small masterpieces as is the editor s introduction It is an anti Communist book put together in 1949 at the beginning of the Cold War and just before the most paranoid period of the Red Scare The tone of this book however is very Intro to Alien Invasion different and superior to that of most anti Communist rhetoric of the period Credit for that should go firstly to the editor who was then a Labour backbencher and a former Oxfordon who specialized on Plato he would later hold various ministerial posts in the first Wilson government before becoming editor of the New Statesman Crossman assembled an extraordinary range of intellectuals who had previously been either members of the Communist party or else at least sympathetic to it but were now prepared to enounce it Of the contributors Arthur Koestler And Ignazio Silone Had Been Fairly Senior Ignazio Silone had been fairly senior in their ay whilst Richard Wright had been an active but fairly peripheral member The other three contributors Andr Gide Louis Fischer and Stephen Spender had all visited the Soviet Union as initially sympathetic observers only to return horrified All six men write beautifully All six are uncompromisingly honest which leads to a portrait of the Communist Party that reads as being at once Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism damning and surprisingly fair minded This is not a book of Red Scare rantings Like Orwell the assembled authors are able to critiue the Stalinistominated Party because they knew too well. Ism around the world Andr' Gide France Richard Wright the United States Ignazio Silone Italy Stephen Spender England Arthur Koestler Germany and Louis Fischer an American foreign correspondent all tell how their search for the betterment of humanity led them to communism and the personal agony and revulsion. ,