December 11th, 2019

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Все же марксистская зараза за три четверти века успела уничтожить тонкий слой цивилизационного гумуса на российской почве. Возвращение ей способности к воспроизводству каких-то человеческих качеств остается под большим вопросом.

 

Ugliness was defined very well by Marx in his Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 as something that was only meaningful in the absence of money or, as we might understand his words, of power. Marx wrote:

«I am ugly, but I can buy for myself the most beautiful of women. Therefore I am not ugly, for the effect of ugliness—its deterrent power—is nullified by money. I, according to my individual characteristics, am lame, but money furnishes me with twenty-four feet. Therefore I am not lame. I am bad, dishonest, unscrupulous, stupid; but money is honored, and hence its possessor. . . . I am brainless, but money is the real brain of all things and how then should its possessor be brainless? Besides, he can buy clever people for himself, and is he who has power over the clever not more clever than the clever?»

 

https://lithub.com/umberto-eco-on-the-elusive-concept-of-ugliness/?fbclid=IwAR2yogc6uO7umyM9hw8qj7wxp-25LTx6CB9so3slIXSiNi9EmaENN569UPA

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