The failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment.
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Questions of historical causation are elusive indeed, and I fear that while J. Israel’s perspective may be flawed the so-called materialist explanation is not better. The debate over idealism versus materialism is played out, and barren at this point. The result is a failure to produce any serious account of history at all.
To make the effect on ideas on history some kind of heresy because of Marx’s flawed theories of history is a waste of time at this point. It might help to stop applying causal theories to history in the name of Newton, materialism, Marx or anyone else.
Decoding_World_History version 11
A look at Decoding World History might help to see that neither the play of ideas nor material factors alone can explain much of anything.
The larger scheme of history produces a series of ‘effects’ that stand in relation to the whole and that is not so easy to analyze, certainly not in isolation.
Jacobinism was not a betrayal of the Radical Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It was a historically necessary effort to defend both.
Can we put aside for the moment Trump’s corruption, ignorance, incompetence, arrogance, racism, stupidity, criminality, greed and buffoonery, and just deal with the fact that he’s a pig? You know what I’m talking about. Look at one of the photographs of Trump and his wife Melania alongside their goo
Noone really expected the Covid shut-down to resolve the climate crisis: what it did do is to give a foretaste of the calamity on the way…
“We still need far more serious measures to make a difference—we need structural change.”