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From Theory to Practice < DIALECTICAL MARXISM: The Writings of Bertell Ollman
From Theory to Practice

I've managed to boil down the entire content of my writings into one simple question: "How many capitalists does it take to screw in a light bulb?" That's it. Really. Now you have ten second to answer... counting... still counting... Okay, the ten seconds are up.

If you answered "One (or more) to hire a worker to do it", you get a grade of 'F' and have to reread all my works from the beginning—only no skipping pages this time. If you answered "None", recognizing that we don't need capitalists to screw in light bulbs or do anything else that needs doing, you graduate with high honors and can now go out and share what you have learned with others.

And to help you (and those you talk to) in your new role as revolutionary, here are some quotations that I keep under my pillow at night:

"IF YOU'RE NOT OUTRAGED, YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION".
      (anonymous)

"KNOW THYSELF (starting with your class)"
      (Socrates, with a little help from Marx)

"WHEREVER YOU FIND INJUSTICE,
THE PROPER FORM OF POLITENESS IS
ATTACK".
      (T-Bone Slim)

"THE GREAT APPEAR GREAT IN OUR EYES
BECAUSE WE ARE KNEELING.
LET US RISE".
      (French Revolution)

"IF NOT THIS, THEN WHAT?
IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?
IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?"
      (with apologies to the Talmud)

"TODAY IS THE TIME THAT
COULD BECOME TOMORROW"
      (Victor Jara, Chilean song writer killed by Pinochet)

"LET US SHARE JOY AND PAIN...
LET US DARE EVERYTHING...
WHAT IS TO BE AVOIDED ABOVE ALL IS
TO SAY NOTHING,
AND TO WANT NOTHING, AND TO DO NOTHING".
      (from a youthful poem by Karl Marx)

"LEAVE A MARK ON HISTORY. THERE MAY NOT BE MONEY
IN IT, BUT IT IS MORE EXCITING THAN
STUDYING ACCOUNTING".
      (Abbie Hoffman)

(If I've left out any quotations that you think deserve a place on this list, send them to me on the Message Board so I can consider whether to include them.)