Will, the hidden factor in human consciousness

The will is a bit far from issues of historical materialism. The issue of the will is almost as elusive as that of ‘enlightenment’. The will in man is not his sense of willing, or will power. It is directly related to ‘free will’ issues, but in a different mode. Is in the real sense is unconscious and almost never visible…
The left might adopt some version of Bennett for a new version of the definition of man…not so easy…watch your step…

Without freedom man cannot create socialism…Marx’s productive force determinism is misleading…

This post was supposed to be at The Gurdjieff Con, but I pulled a fast one and put it at Darwiniana… Modern biology can’t do justice to the human ‘organism’/being: the issue of the w…

Source:  The will, beside being, as a factor of homo sapient unconscious ‘mind’. – Darwiniana

The disastrous crackpot confusion of historical materialism

I have often recommended replacing historical materialism with something simpler and less reductionist. To make that theory a requirement to create socialism was a mistake. It antagonizes almost the whole of exterior culture. It forecloses on virtually the whole of human thought and history and imposes a brittle version of early nineteenth century scientism as a universal generalization. Whatever it seemed at the time it is now irrelevant for us. Historical materialism claims to debunk all religion, almost all philosophy, negates ‘idealism’ as some kind of evil delusion, reduces history to economic issues, negates teleology in the name of science and then creates a crypto-teleology that misleads anyone trying to construct a socialist entity in practice. It tries to seize high ground against all forms of thought with the weird claim that the mode of production stands beyond all that as the determinant factor. Small wonder socialists/communists always fumble the ball. Their view of society is crackpot.

Marx did one of the worst things you can do to a cadre: give a bunch of idiots an air-tight generalization that they will embrace the way people embrace religion: the end of creative thinking enters to establish the reign of dogma. Try this: try to critique Marx and the cultic crowd will react to you with a vengeance. The outcome has been “Marx the Prophet”, a misfortune that will blind adherents to the need for very careful thinking about practical action.

It is not hard to correct all this. We have recommended being wary of historical theories and working with outlines and empirical models. That way, the diversity and complexity of history is not sacrificed to a monomania. In that context the critique of political economy can be wrought via a robust set of empirical studies that do not presume to laws of history or scientific determinism. History is the sage of free agents who have choice, whatever the case that free agency is the same as free will. But issues of free will are better studied with Kant than Newton or scientists. The question of free agents is enough: we cannot expect ‘history’ to produce communism mechanically. It requires construction: we must create a socialism that makes sense, embraces a set of values and realizes new degree of freedom.

 Scientific, utopian…

I am not sure if Engels does justice to this interesting figure but in any case Engels is peddling the extreme form of ‘historical materialism’ that behind its bluster of theoretical pr…

Source:  Engels/Marx’s pseudo-theory, scientific versus utopian, etc…value free scientism on theory is the fountain of marxist bullshit, and paralysis…and got a lot of psychopaths into murderous power…and hasn’t produced a single success as socialism… – Toward a New Socialism

 In enforcing ‘historical materialism’ marxists unwittingly yielded the whole ground of occult esotericism (laughably so-called) to the right, and they have made disastrous use of it…

One of thee reasons for the obscurity of Gurdjieff’s All and Everything is that it is a crypto-fascist text seeding a new rightist authoritarianism and as a cover for attacks on liberalism, …

Source: All and Everything and the seeding of fascism… – The Gurdjieff Con