History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

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Communism and macroevolution

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Last and First Men attempts to deal with the legacy of marxism by leaving its plain-vanilla practical insights alone, and tackling instead the larger context of its theory of history, its theories of economics, and its general Feuerbachian positivism matched with Darwinism. The classic Manifesto is relevant, but as to Capital Vol’s I, etc, a (voluntary) bypass. One of the ideas of LFM is that of a super-Manifesto beyond the classic of Marx/Engels: We need to study historical evolution all over again to see how greater nature generates civilizations, economies, religions, and the way in which modernity is a part of a larger process of directional emergence, or ‘evolution’, ‘evolution’, brand historical. This process is ‘meta-‘ all the way: it generates large contexts, and man completes them. We see why the constant recurrences of modern revolution often fail. This larger picture cannot be resolved by economic categories and shows the action of greater nature as a leading flank to ‘man makes himself, but…’. We find ironically that the sudden eruption of modern revolution, starting in the sixteenth century, is a part of this larger process, and indifferently the abstract source of the too frequent failures of the revolutionaries in practice. We can see that this way of looking at history can resolve the paradox of opposites emerging together. A stunning example of that is the confusing simultaneity of the liberal and the communist ideas coming into the sphere of modernity with a concerted dialectical unity. The problem is the failure to really ground the idea of communism. The attempts of Marx/Engels are classic, but we may need to recast the basic ideas. And the larger picture of historical evolution can be a reminder of the need for a complete matrix of culture as the realization of postliberalism, communism. The way to solving the problem may be in making it harder: a larger context of cultural totalities. A study of the ‘macro effect’ given in LFM is a reminder of the primitive character of human social construction. All the basic innovations are generated in the macrosphere. The future, however, must show an increasing grasp of the complexity of historical evolution, and something larger than solving the problem of economy. The market economy in its extreme form is an historical anomaly. A more balanced realization of social futurism must speak to a larger set of categories, including finally the domain of evolution, a society or commune of last men on the way to true human speciation, the first men.

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