Christians are unaware of the rapid disintegration of christianity (and judaism) as viable religions in a secular age. In many ways the views of secular humanists are confirmed and their agitation …
Marx’s reductionist scientism has crippled the left. You would think that after Kant and Hegel the left could have produced a more intelligent framework than historical materialism. But that&…
I am writing you from Montpellier, France, where I am a participant-observer in the Yellow Vest (Gilets jaunes) movement, which is still going strong after six months, despite a dearth of information in the international media.
Our discussion of the issue of private property suddenly sinks in as transparent when we consider the way a natural resource, oil, that should have been part of a Commons from the beginning became ‘private property’ through the capitalism plunder of the natural environment under capitalism. This is the primitive accumulation that Marx spoke of.
Will you argue that it right that a capitalist organization ‘owning’ huge resources of oil declared private property and which discovered the danger and suppressed it to the point that it stands guilty of genocide and planetary destruction is anything but insanity. The primitive accumulation of this resource that belongs to all as a capital resource speaks transparently to the danger of the capitalist system.
Marx/Engels changed their views and the later system belies the sense of urgency of those two in the era of 1848 revolution: they and the early socialists sensed the danger of what was emerging in the capitalist system.
We will have to fight that revolution again to get it right or the ‘Exxons’ will destroy us.