Alan Woods never gives up and never alters a jot in the by the book dogmas of primordial religious marxism. The sad reality is that marxism crippled the path to socialism with a set of reductionist views as scientism and the religion of Newtonian physics. The whole debate over materialism and idealism is a colossal waste of time and a fixation of socialist thinking into a now dated mindset.
Consider a new view of history in the study of the eonic effect: we can explicate the whole history of life on earth without invoking materialism or idealism. Those ideas become subsets in a larger field that is neutral and a study of the relationships of large block, material, spiritual, and a lot more. The debate between materialists and idealists is just another historical object.
A question for marxist dogmatists: is a field in physics a material or idealist element? In the age of quantum field theory the dilemma becomes acute, as if the idealists had won. But in reality, who cares. The old obsessions with ultra-materialism is no longer supported by science.
In fact, physics shows us now how to change gears between material and field abstractions. The material view is supported and yet no longer the fundamental.
There is a lot more to say here, and we should note that Kant’s transcendental idealism should be an object of study in a large study of the history of philosophy. Marx appeared in the wake of Hegel in the wake of Kant, and never addressed the difference of the two ‘idealisms’. The path to socialism has no business making dogmas here. Marx we can see was immersed in the Hegelian movement and its aftermath in a way that drove him to an opposite extreme. Materialism and idealism enter every moment of thought, and it is folly to make up a battle between them.
Socialism has been crippled by these idiotic pseudo-dilemmas and people in the Bolshevik mad house ended up gulags for one slip in their official thinking. The idealist aspects of religion are real enough but the materialist aspects of religion are equally relevant. The legacy of Samkhya yoga in Indic religion is materialistic.
Marx’s historical materialism results in a fallacious view of history and society.
Wellred Books proudly presents the new edition of Lenin’s Materialism and Empirio-criticism. In this classic text, Lenin brilliantly explains the fundamental principles of the materialist philosophy of Marxism. He defends them against idealist attacks from the subjective idealism of Machism, a philosophical trend, which at Lenin’s time was becoming very fashionable, even within the workers’ movement.