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Beyond dialectics of revolution to practical non-theoretical takes on ‘revolution’

October 13th, 2014 · No Comments


One of the problems with ‘dialectic’ is the way it is now being pressed into service to provide ‘scientific’ explanations. We can see the way it is used to wiseacre evolutionary theory, muddle punctuated equilibria, claim connections with chaos theory, and finally provide what appears to be a rationale or dynamic behind ‘revolution’. None of it works, and all of it is rejected by almost all scientists. Why not just drop all this confusion, especially that of ‘dialectics’ behind the question of revolution which is much better contextualized in Last and First Men with a different approach.

To achieve a resolution of revolution and evolution requires minds not muddled by dialectics and bad Hegelianism. If anyone could ever by a miracle provide a decent interpretation of these subjects it might be a different situation. But the better approach at this point is being developed better by non-marxists, as we noted today with three posts on the issue of revolution:

The Coming Revolution: Evolutionary Leap or Descent Into Chaos and Violence?
By David DeGraw
This is Part 3 in a series of adapted excerpts from my new book, The Economics of Revolution. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” Robert F. Kennedy – [Report to the United States Senate on his trip to Latin America and the Alliance for Progress, May 9-10 1966]”
October 11, 2014 “ICH” – A new paradigm is organically evolving: new economic systems, sustainable communities, solar energy, organic farming, liquid democracy, worker co-ops and new media. For all the problems we are confronted by, there are existing viable solutions. There is much to feel positive about. A decentralized global uprising is undermining systems of centralized and consolidated power. A new world is being born.
However, as exciting as the evolution presently occurring is, after extensive research I am forced to confront the fact that I do not see how emerging solutions will reach a critical mass and create the needed change before the affects of inequality, poverty and the overall deterioration of society will lead to widespread chaos and violence. As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, as much as I want to just disengage from the status quo and focus on the implementation of local solutions, we cannot ignore the urgent need for significant systemic change on a mass scale now.

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