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I keep wondering what "farce" really amounts to, in class terms, for Marx, rather than individual. On this question, there was the following comment

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But, if we look at more class based movements, such as the Russian tragedy, and the crushing of the German revolution, I wondered if we could call Nietzsche's parable, of the madman, a useful expression of the farcical.

Here the madman fell silent and looked again at his listeners; and they, too, were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke into pieces and went out. "I have come too early," he said then; "my time is not yet. This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard. This deed is still more distant from them than most distant stars -- and yet they have done it themselves.

It has been related further that on the same day the madman forced his way into several churches and there struck up his requiem aeternam deo. Led out and called to account, he is said always to have replied nothing but: "What after all are these churches now if they are not the tombs and sepulchers of God?"

If the era of social revolution is coming again, then how could the "madman", as history repeats, reconfigure tradegy, into what he heralds?

  • maybe a bit much there, idk, sorry if so – user6917 Jan 12 '17 at 5:40
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    If you haven't already you should read "The Poverty of Historicism" – Mr. Kennedy Jan 12 '17 at 6:47
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    Seamus Heaney wrote the Haw-Lantern in 1987; which is a reference to Diogenes the Cynic "who carried a lantern through the streets looking for an honest man"; I take it Nietschze, in his guise as Zarathrutha, too, is looking for an honest man, in relation to his big idea - the death of god & deicide. – Mozibur Ullah Jan 13 '17 at 0:39
  • @MoziburUllah thanks for that, i may even have seen the poem before :-/ – user6917 Jan 13 '17 at 1:15

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