[Marxism] Capitalism's Burning house

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at mac.com
Mon Jan 19 13:07:58 MST 2009

I appreciated the reference to Buddha's "Burning House" metaphor.  
Brecht's poem, however, suffers from the nihilist interpretation of  
the buddhist category of 'emptiness' as nothingness. Emptiness,  
rather, invokes a state of psychological freedom, and as such, is  
rather pregnant with possibility. Emptiness implies fullness. The  
burning house metaphor in buddhist thought concerns the existential  
state of suffering involved with the construction of the 'self'  
edifice. Buddha taught strategies for the deconstruction of said  
edifice before it catches fire. The problem, of course, is that most  
people don't seek solutions until they are "on fire".
That said, the analogy to "Capitalism's Burning House" is really very  

Greg McDonald

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