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A Better World in Birth

Why worship the new as a god compelling submission merely because it is “new”? Nonsense! Bosh and nonsense!

Lenin1

What a fascinating thing is the history of art!

Lenin2

KARL MARX WAS NEVER what the British Museum catalogue, at a loss for a word, describes as a “writer on art.” But he did write a great deal about men making things, and there is a sense in which the Constructivist outburst in Russia at the time of the Revolution might have been an apt, if not implicit, outcome of his thought. For in Marx’s view a distinguishing feature of human work is, so to speak, its material idealism. Labor is the concretization of an idea, moved by the will.

A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes even the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his

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