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- DescriptionDrawing on previously unkwn or unassimilated sources, Donald C. Hodges here presents an entirely new interpretation of the politics and philosophy of Augusto C. Sandi, the intellectual progenitor of Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution. The first part of the book investigates the political sources of Sandi's thought in the works of Babeuf, Buonarroti, Blanqui, Proudhon, Bakunin, Most, Malatesta, Kropotkin, Ricardo Flores Magon, and Lenin-a mixed legacy of pre-Marxist and n-Marxist authoritarian and libertarian communists. The second half of the study scrutinizes the philosophy of nature and history that Sandi made his own. Hodges delves deeply into this philosophy as the supreme and final expression of Sandi's communism and traces its sources in the Gstic and millenarian occult undergrounds. This results in a rich study of the ways in which Sandi's revolutionary communism and communist spirituality intersect-a spiritual politics that Hodges presents as more realistic than the communism of Karl Marx. While accepting the current wisdom that Sandi was a Nicaraguan liberal and social reformer, Hodges also makes a persuasive case that Sandi was first and foremost a communist, although neither of the Marxist r anarchist variety. He argues that Sandi's eclectic communist spirituality was more of an asset than a liability for understanding the human condition, and that his spiritual politics promises to be more relevant than Marxism-Leninism for the twenty-first century. Indeed, Hodges believes that Sandi's holistic communism embraces both deep ecology and feminist spirituality-a finding that is sure to generate lively and productive debate.
- Author BiographyDonald C. Hodges (1923-2009) was Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, Tallahassee.
- Author(s)Donald C. Hodges
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/12/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight709 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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