World history, freedom in the state and freedom from the state

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World history, freedom in the state and freedom from the state
February 28th, 2018
The legacy of Marxism contains a rich load of potential tools but is marred by the confusions of theory that beset Marx (and Engels) and rendered their work overall a contradictory package in practice. Instead of historical materialism and/or dialectical materialism, we have suggested a simple historical outline with modernity a sort of epochal transition (starting in the early modern) as the crucial focus. The progression of economic epochs in Marx is simply not correct as a long-range perspective will clearly show: capitalism is gestating from the Neolithic and feudalism in many forms is recurrent. The Middle Ages isn’t really feudal, as such. So the whole scheme is a puzzle until we recast the whole problem.
We can inject our eonic model, but that might be controversial so we can simply map out a set of epochal intervals obvious to the naked eye.
(the preface of the paleo/neolithic)
the phase of onset of the State, Sumer, Egypt and era from ca. 3000 BCE onwards
the so-called Axial Age and its succession as an epoch, and this enforces a discipline of balanced study from Greece/Rome across Eurasia to China
the rise of the modern world from fifteenth to the eighteenth century…
We can try to interpret this pattern, or we can just take it empirically as a kind of punctuated series, wary of theories save as a descriptive category of development or civilizational evolution (wary of the term evolution, it just means what it means in conversational lingo).
In this context we can analyze class, economy, and technology empirically as histories or chronicles. Note that we add technological history as separate category: the onset of capitalism is often confused with the industrial (technological) revolution of the eighteenth century.
We can certainly focus on a working-class analysis of these various eras and/or look at the whole in terms of multiple classes and posit the motion toward a universal class. But let us note that a working class dynamic is going to be incomplete: there is a double motion, the onset of the State as one kind of freedom and then almost dialectically a motion against the state as the birth of democracy. We note the resemblance of the democratic and the working class strain.
We should note that ‘feudalism’ is really an ideological version of the idea of caste that
so dominates India: the Aryan cast logic is simply a variant in the occidental middle ages. We can see then that overall the sudden amplification of capitalism in the industrial revolution period looks like the onset of a new epoch of economy, but surely to a close look we can see that that is not true.
We can resolve the question by seeing that democracy can’t be fully realized or the State truly fulfilled until we unite the working class, or better the gestating universal class into a common realization, viz. with a communist democracy…
We have both availed ourselves of a theme of proletarian ideology, Marxism, and escaped its rigid formulation which can obstruct clarity.
Let us note then that capitalism is developing at all stages of history even if it suddenly becomes a dominant factor in modernity. We can see that capitalism as economy and technology almost because an independent factor in history, but that’s not the same as saying it is a stage of history.
Let us recommend a closer look at the eonic model but without having to take it in full as another theory. But, all in all, we can see that an empirical approach can free us from the confusions that haunt marxist ideas about inexorable stages of economic history.
The working class formulation is so classic and to the point we can work with that, but the idea of a ‘universal class’, which is really a variant of the individuality of all men given by the great religions, can be an equally valuable approach. We can easily change

gears between the two concepts, also mindful that the class interests of the working class can’t be made an absolute: the nature of the state and its evolution into democracy and two separate issues, reaching their conclusion in their unification.
Another issue is the question of slavery: it is increasingly clear, although not certain, that slavery is never any kind of necessary stage in history, because it didn’t really exist at the birth of agriculture or the State: it appears to be a disease of civilization that grows progressively worse in the era after the rise of State Sumer/Egypt. Thus, it appears that
the Pyramids, at first, were constructed by free labor as a sort of military draft.
The dread disease of slavery is really related to emerging capitalism in an obvious sense, and overtakes the State in the later phase of our first epoch???
Whatever the case we cannot ascribe any necessary status to slavery: if the great pyramids were initiated by free labor the arguments for the inevitability of slavery as a stage (suspiciously lurking in Marx) collapse at once.
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archive: The question of modernity
December 11th, 2017 •
The need for a larger perspective….of modernity
January 8th, 2015 •
The neo-communist left has to have a far larger universe than that created by historical materialism: it needs a global anthropology that can talk to a generalized modernity/secularism. But what is that? The nineteenth century created a reduced subset to all that in the forms of positivism, scientism, secular humanism, Marxism…
Marxism needs to be rescued from this situation: the situation is not hard to solve: we use the ‘macro model’ (or you can skip that) to look at what we call the ‘modern transition’ from 1500 to 1800 (approx/) at which point the new era of modernity begins. The early modern clearly shows at once what happened: Marxism jumped on a yippee surfboard in the Feuerbachian reaction to Hegel and downshifted into a very limited perspective. The overall idea was brilliant, however, and can easily be recast to include 1. a larger whole than Hegel and his critics 2. the ‘dialectic’ of the modern transitional with counterpoints in the Reformation/Rise of Science, revolutions from Munzer to the French Revolution. 3 the rise of liberalism, ideas of freedom, philosophies of freedom, 4. German Classical Philosophy….
In general the marxist perspective can’t even handle the Enlightenment very well. The so- called ‘dialectic of the Enlightenment’ started chasing a good idea for a critique and
ended up in the hopeless muddle of the postmodern critique of modernity.
In the larger view the issue of communism is 1. a response to the need for a post- transitional ‘revolution’ against capitalism, 2. the need to reconstruct modernity in this new context, requiring versions of the Reformation, Scientific Revolution, rise of liberalism/communism (socialism), industrialization and its technologies and globalization, 3.some reckoning with the complex chords generated: e.g. the Romantic Reaction, the export of buddhism and figures like Schopenhauer, etc…
You can see that the current tactic of trying to use Marxism to challenge all other aspects of modernity is ill-conceived and the route to sterility and scientism made worse.
Last and First Men creates an historical context for not only the larger perspective of modernity, but a still larger context of world history. This approach requires looking at a whole complex (dialectic) of counterpoints, contraries and pairs of opposites.

In specific terms, the new left here needs to study the reality of global religion, from Xtianity/Islam to buddhism, and Confucianism Taoism, etc.. It needs to have a larger philosophy that can work with materialism and idealism in a larger context than simple collision. Etc…
This problem of selecting a small subset of modernity to define secularism haunts the science world whose cadre of poorly educated scientism troopers has created, like Marxism, an extremely narrow subset of modernity that beggars the whole transition to a new era.
It would be nice to ditch the old Marxism and create a larger version that is tuned to the greater whole of modernity, and thence antiquity.

An ‘eonic history’ manifesto

Not a single scientist, historian or philosopher has been able to elucidate world history which remains a mystery. But the mystery was awaiting sufficient data to reveal a hyper-complex but strangely intuitive solution. The eonic model is finally a range of data and that empirical field shows where we go wrong. We cannot fully complete a full depiction (the data range is vast, and still a void) but we can as with a puzzle which often make sense in its parts detect and deduce a rough idea of what we call the eonic means.
The theory is therefore problematical, but the data itself can transform our sense of the meaning of history.

The enigma of world? Historians are notable for organized stupidity and are determined it seems to be blind to the real dynamics of world history. Can we at least recommend a look to these ostriche…

Source: An ‘eonic history’ manifesto: can we at least recommend a look at the eonic effect? – Darwiniana

 History taken empirically

Marx’s theories of world history have almost endlessly critiqued even as his cadre, oblivious to the problems, continues with the same dogmatic platform that generates almost universal rejection by a larger public.
Instead of theories of history, which presume to be science, one can simply follow the contours of world history empirically and study the economic factor in that context, next to a host of other factors…factored out in the marxist toy model of stages of production.

The eonic effect/model might seem itself an exotic theory which it is not: we can take its core data set as the plain to view progression of civilizations since the Neolithic (which should be included).
A simple chronology of world history would free the left from near religion of Marx’s musings over feudalism, capitalism and communism as fixed epochs, a view that has been challenged so many times it has left its cadre spouting obsolete mantras…

The ‘eonic effect’ is one of the most exciting discoveries in the study of world history and evolutionary science, but unfortunately its study has made little headway in the public doma…

Source: What is the ‘eonic effect’ and why does noone understand what is being talked about? – Darwiniana

 Marxists are blocking socialist transition with their rigid and stale historicism

We have often been critical of marxist theories of history: the basic framework of historical materialism and the thesis of stages of production is dated now, and the critiques of socialist transformation have an easy time with the whole corpus, which is unfair because Marx, if you set aside his theories, has a huge corpus of relevant material.
It is very unlikely that the public will ever accept a marxist ideology as a foundation for postcapitalism. The whole subject needs to start over, and soon, time is short. As general background the legacy is useful, but the nature of history would be better addressed without scientism as an empirical subject.

Confronting the riddle of world history January 13th, 2018 • After all the debate and discussion from the left the stark reality remains that Marxist views of history suffer from a flawed foundatio…

Source: Eonic Effects: World history: a complex enigma – Darwiniana

 Stages of production theory is confusing leftists: starting over with simple outlines…

The model of the eonic effect, taken simply as an empirical chronology of world history, provides a kind of doubloon effect: you can take it simply as a simple outline of world history, or you can take as hypothesis a series of interpretations of that set of patterns. Continue reading ” Stages of production theory is confusing leftists: starting over with simple outlines…”