Missing PartsI've been reading a lot. I generally do. Because I founded this and in fact I do want to Make A Deeper Study Of Socialism, I have been reading a fair amount from Socialism, Communist, Marxist, and even Anarchist perspective. A lot of history, theory, media, art, and naturally the luminary figures of various strands.
This includes books, movies and songs. I'm in the middle of four great books: one about World History with heavy socialist-marxist influence, one on Japanese/feminists socialist and anarchist radicals, one on Diego Rivera, and one which is a very short history of American Socialism, its hidden American history and the distortion of it by others.
Additionally, I have recently watched two films on Fidel Castro, 2 or 3 on Che (about whom there's a book I'm starting soon), and I'm looking for good work--written, film, or art on: Debs, Thomas, Sewer Socialism, Eco-socialism, Edward Carpenter, LGBTQI Socialism, The IWW, The St. Louis Statement and more.
What I've noticed are the Missing Parts depending on agenda and Side. Take Che for instance, people either love his beauty, humanity and seeming citizen of the world quality and commitment to world revolution; or the highlight his "fall" from doctor to gunman, show his executioner side and say he believed in violence for violence sake.
Both view, angel or devil are incomplete, out of context, remove him from humanity and perhaps worst fix him as either saint, beast, or most ironic of all: marketable Icon! And the real human, with real hopes and message is lost. Where a person is ready to live and die for their ideals and principles this is the true tragedy.
In begining to look at Che, (not just the one photo) in having read "The S Word" about American Socialist history, I see newly and am disturbed by the pieces most everyone has let missing willfully.
Do others see this in regard to Socialism, or its distorters? What were your best corrective sources to illuminate missing parts?