The left is caught in a time warp of early nineteenth-century intellectual culture when the battle of science, secularism, and philosophy were in the early innings of a battle that was crucial to modernity but is a bit old-fashioned now. The battle between Hegelian idealism and reductionist materialism was artificial and resulted in the pointless antagonism to idealism in the name of Hegelian extravagance. The far more intelligible brand of Kant was lost in the contraction of thinking that operated on a set of cliches and classic incidents.
The end result has been a left crippled on the questions of philosophy, science, and culture and a worldview that almost noone can accept anymore, making the rejection of socialist thinking a certainty. There is no battle of good and evil between materialism and idealism, and no need for any track toward postcapitalism to even have to bother with such a question.
The eonic model beyond materialism/idealism May 12th, 2018 We keep repeating our critique of marxist theory, suggesting a different approach, e.g. cf. WHEE: One of the reasons to suggest the macro …
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Leftists unfamiliar with the history of nineteenth century thought often take historical materialism at face value, and the history of Marx’s thinking here is complicated. But that intellectual milieu was immensely complicated and very diverse. Yet in the end the marxists took up the most narrow, reductionist form of scientism and castigated all else as class ideology. The early modern from the Reformation to the Enlightenment virtually disappered into the canon of mentally challenged marxist cultists. Continue reading ” The strange way Marx crippled leftist thinking…”
Kant’s questions about history as a foundation for a neo-marxism… May 20th, 2018 • Kant in some of his aspects might be a more useful foundation for a neo-marxism than hegel (who can be rederived v…
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Note that the term ‘evolution of freedom’ is really a metaphysical concept and that standard science will simply exclude the term/concept. A true theory of evolution might also dispense with the term but the net equivalent in practice is essential (as Hegel seems to have understood, to say nothing of Kant)
Source: Evolution to history: freedom evolving – Darwiniana
Kant has a better starting point for analyzing history: the left is in a muddle between marx and (unspoken) hegel, but both are attempting to resolve the questions of kant.
With two centuries of research: archaeology, we are in a much better position to answer to kant, viz. the eonic effect…
Source: The limits of historical materialism – Darwiniana
The debate over idealism and materialism (which still lingers today, no doubt) is a product of the early nineteenth century when reductionist scientism collided with hegelian idealism (and not only that), the latter a bit extravagant perhaps, and we see the extreme reaction in the generation of marx/engels. But the debate is pointless now, and in an age of quantum mechanics almost ridiculous. The obvious suggestion in general is that both views are right and somehow complementary.
The marxist left is still mired in the morass of that dated argument and needs to move on. Inflicting this one those who wish to move toward socialism is both pointless and highly prejudicial. The prospect of imposing hard-core materialism of the early science era on the whole of thought has alienated so many potential socialists that one has to wonder at the boxed mentation created by the marxist legacy.
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In reality the reign of dialectical materialism is over: the doctrine has run its course and is promoted by dogmatic marxists oblivious to its history, flaws and counterproductive effect on the public which is not likely to be converted any time soon. The whole idea of dialectic is a faded luxury for the left and belongs to the post-hegelian era when something of the work of that philosopher was to be rescued. But hegel is not really revlevant for the left now, although as a philosopher his place in history remains secure.
The dialectics of leftists is a phantom of the past and the left need a new set of perspectives. The idea that dialectical materialism is somehow meta-science is almost a superstition at this point…
On the bicentennial of his birth, Karl Marx’s ideas are more relevant than ever. While he is perhaps best known for his writings on economics and history, anyone who wishes to have a fully rounded understanding of his method must strive to master dialectical materialism, which itself resulted from an assiduous study and critique of Hegel.Dialectical materialism is the logic of motion, development, and change. By embracing contradiction instead of trying to write it out of reality, dialectics allows Marxists to approach processes as they really are, not as we would like them to be. In this way we can understand and explain the essential class interests at stake in our fight against capitalist exploitation and oppression.At every decisive turning point in history, scientific socialists must go back to basics. Marxist theory represents the synthesized experience, historical memory, and guide to action of the working class. The Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism aims to arm the new generation of revolutionary socialists with these essential ideas.
Source: The Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism – Marxist Books
To claim that a corrupted capitalism-dominated pseudo-democracy can represent the ‘end of history’ is an ironic self-refutation of the curiously mutating meme that is (supposedly) fielded from hegel…
R48G: the irony that the ‘end of history’ argument undermines the status of american pseudo- democracy: Continue reading “Pseudo-democracy and the ‘end of history’?”
The ‘end of history’ argument has turned out to be a ‘gyp’: neither the left nor the right can seem to provide anything for the future. The left chants the socialism mantra but has no real conception of how to realize that in practice. At least the original form of the argument was a leftist one until it was egregiously ripped off from the right.
The sad reality is that noone can define a future that really works as the entrapment in capitalism turns rancid/morbid/fatal… Continue reading “Capitalism and entrapment: the ‘end of history’ gyp”