Marcuse-Anon: Cult of the Pseudo-Intellectual – TK News by Matt Taibbi

We will cite this essay and then post a commentary of the source essay at Jacobin.
To me, Marcuse was always a fascinating thinker but in terms of the Marxist legacy, where he correctly saw problems, his position remained up in the air. To the long view the braiding of Marxism and Freud was doomed and the great Freud fad was to suddenly pass away in the seventies, even as Marcuse was so prominent.
He broached the issue of the working class and it is to his credit that he had the nerve to do so. In the age of Trump’s base, we end up baffled by the situation of a mesmerized proletariat, which has partly moved away overseas. Marcuse’s ‘bon idee’ was a brainstorm soon dated, and Freud’s legacy of pseudo-science was matched with the confusions of Marx himself.
The issue of Marcuse is irrelevant now, and we should focus on the problems with Marx’s legacy. Braiding Marx and Freud created a mess of pottage that however engaging Marcuse’s thesis and intent was a transient theory fetish of its own.
Marx’s great contribution was compromised by Marx’s obsessive attempt at historical theories which seem strangely simplistic now. In fact the core of Marx remains of great value if it can be restated without historical materialism and the obsession with the economic interpretation of history.
Marx’s stages of production theory has put his entire labor in doubt, unfairly. Along with Engels and the dubious dialectical materialism.
Freud, histomat, diamat, little wonder the left seems to so many as a dated cult.

Reviewing “Repressive Tolerance” and other works by Herbert Marcuse, the quack who became America’s most influential thinker

Source: Marcuse-Anon: Cult of the Pseudo-Intellectual – TK News by Matt Taibbi

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Confusions of the history of religion…links from The Gurdjieff Con

The world of the secular humanist was supposed to be the vehicle of modern man but it has been subjected to an almost silly format of reductionist scientism, Darwinism, capitalist ideology, sterile atheism, total ignorance of the history of religion, culture and philosophy, and blind to any broader perception of cultural and religious history.
In fact, the future will require the secular humanist to be wholly informed of the past and free of the idiotic ostrich world of most so-called humanists. The historical materialism of the Marxists, speaking as a socialist, and yet, is a dangerous contraction of viewpoints: it led the Stalinist world to liquidate those with even moderate views on cultural and historical spiritual issues.
Future man as secular humanist has to be expert in all aspects of the history and detail of world religion, and philosophy.

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Postcapitalist futures: online texts

9780984702930-LFM_text(2)

Toward a New Communist Manifesto_jlandon_kindle_10_11_16_PDF_ver2

Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5(2)

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PC_futures

9780984702909_Descent_of_Man_Revisited(4)

Capitalism, Communism and the Evolution of Civilization(1)

9780984702947_txt_Enigma_of_the_Axial_Age(1)

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The_Failure_of_Darwinism_Landon_kindle_version_pdf(1)


The Anthropocene and The Coming of Postcapitalism ver 12

The Crisis of Modernity_ver6

Out of Revolution_text_kindle_johnlandon_wbf_pdf

WHEE_5thed_pdf (1)(1)Kants_challenge_resolved_nature’s secret_plan7xa_web

R48G_The Coming_Of_Postacapitalism_pdf

A New Cold War on a Scalding Planet: Biden, Climate Change, and China 

Slowing the pace of climate change and getting “tough” on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its cooperation in areas of concern More

Source: A New Cold War on a Scalding Planet: Biden, Climate Change, and China – CounterPunch.org

How Real Nazis Came to the Americas: the Recruitment of Klaus Barbie 

All this time, Klaus Barbie was one of the most wanted men on the planet. Even so, Barbie flourished until 1983, when he was finally returned to France to face trial for his crimes. In the whole sordid history of collusion between US intelligence agencies, fascists and criminals, no one more starkly represents the evils of such partnerships than Klaus Barbie.

Source: How Real Nazis Came to the Americas: the Recruitment of Klaus Barbie – CounterPunch.org