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Born: 1923-04-05
Profession: Author
Nation: Belgian
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Marxism is always open, always critical, always self-critical.

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And you cannot have a socialist revolution commandeered from the top, ordered around by some omniscient leader or group of leaders.

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Factions are a sign of illness in a party.

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I do not believe in self-proclaimed parties.

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Mistakes in themselves are unavoidable.

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Periodically, the workers do revolt against bourgeois society, not by a hundred, five hundred, or a thousand, but by the millions.

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Revolution is an instrument, like a party is an instrument.

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Revolution is not a goal in itself.

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Socialist democracy is not, a luxury and its need is not limited to the most advanced industrial countries.

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There is a process of social and of political differentiation going on in the real working class all the time.

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You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected.

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You cannot make a socialist revolution without really trying.

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For us, Marxism is always open because there are always new xperiences, there are always new facts, including facts about the past, which have to be incorporated in the corpus of scientific socialism.

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Furthermore, there is absolutely no contradiction between the separate organizations of revolutionary vanguard militants and their participation in the mass organizations of the working class.

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On the contrary, history generally confirms that the more conscious and the better you are organized in vanguard organizations, the more constructively you operate in the mass organizations of the working class.

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Only under conditions of revolutionary crises do you have the highest level of self-organization; this is the Soviet type of organization, which is to say, workers' councils, people's councils, call them what you want, popular committees.

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Otherwise we get off the track and we do not fulfil the historical role which we want to fulfil: to help the masses, the exploited and the oppressed of the world, build a classless society, a world socialist federation.

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The conclusion you can draw from these characteristics is that you have an uneven development of class activity and an uneven development of class consciousness in the working class.

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The more workers you have in your organization, the better you are implanted in the working class, the more likely you are to come up with the concrete problems of the class.

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The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class.

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There are no conditions in which we subordinate the interests of the class as a whole to the interests of any sect, any chapel, any separate organization.

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There has been hardly a single year since 1917, and in a certain sense since 1905, without a revolution somewhere in the world in which the workers participated in a rather important way.

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We do not believe that the Marxist program, which embodies the continuity of the experience of the actual class struggle and real revolutions of the last one hundred and fifty years, is a definitely closed book.

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Workers do not strike every day, they cannot do that the way they function in the capitalist economy. The way they have to live by selling their labor power makes that impossible.

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You need a vanguard organization in order to overcome the dangerous potential brought about by the uneven development of class militancy and class consciousness.

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People who annoy people are the luckiest people in the world.

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You release these things, and if they fly then you have more.

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I am beloved by millions.

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If I'm a game show host, will someone buy a ticket to see me do standup? To do a dramatic role in a movie?

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My point of reference is life, in everything that I do.

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The success of any stand-up act comes out of life experience.

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There's no skill. You can be a rock and move into another cash bracket.

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We were a very small circle of writers. Everybody brought to the table their own life experience.

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You can go home with a lot of money with absolutely no skill.

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Everything runs its course. We had told a lot of stories that happened in our life. My kid was getting older, and we were running out of stories to tell.

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I was totally involved in Bobby's World from the time we started the idea to sitting with the artists on how he would look, to the script meetings, the music, the lyrics, the songs.

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I've been chased. I've been pushed. I've been screamed at. I've been verbally abused. I've been afraid for my safety. But I did it all in the name of entertainment.

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It's really not that hard. If I do a Tonight Show, it's six or seven minutes. If I do a concert, it's 90 minutes. If I do an interview, that's 15 minutes. So by the end of the day I've done three hours worth of work.

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There were 84 original episodes. It was rated No. 1 and No. 2 on the Fox Children's Network. We figured it was time to make it available to people who have never watched it.

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We sat down and told stories that happened to us in our childhood, to our children. They were all basically based on the truth. These stories were funny and poignant to us. They just took off. These are all stories from my life.

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