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From Harris’ scientism to the limits of historical materialism

September 10th, 2014 · 2 Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LFM_review_copy_selections.pdf
More important and dangerous than the silly scientism of Harris is that of the old left of marxists with their historical materialism and its dead-sure certaintyies that have sunk the hopes of a universally shared ideology of revolution and postcapitalism. Harris is basically taking us back to the world of Feuerbach, with a few new twists, but in the end this view has long since played out in the failures of Bolshevism, and the crude idiocy of the consensus ideology it created.
I hope that LFM will help to broaden the basic viewpoint needed for radical change: it is a far broader and more useful set of perspectives. But the views of Harris are being heavily promoted by powerful forces in the background who want to reduce man to a computable unit of sociological mechanics, with a consciousness bounded by scientific definition. It is a threatening proposition because it could advance rapidly to a larger audience. But in the end like the older marxist brands it will peak and fall into confusion, the metaphysical confusion it pretends to dismiss.

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  • 1 NK // Sep 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    The problem is that your book is too intelligent for the masses. Stupid ideas and things sell…look at the obsession with professional sports, reality TV shows, etc. Most people instinctively gravitate towards simplistic ideas (i.e. God, natural selection, etc.)

  • 2 nemo // Sep 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Part of the problem is that the book sets a barrier: the reader needs to read a lot of history. I can’t oversimplify without creating confusion: a mental picture of the history of civilization is hard to come by

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