It might seem like challenging the dialectic is irrelevant at a time of crisis. But the reality of the left is that it is paralyzed by its own legacy of theories mixed with a barely coherent dialectic.
The point of Last and First Men is to batten down the hatches with a stylized version of a marxism 2.0: abandon forthwith all the excess baggage that has made the communist project a marxist monopoly and a sitting duck for critics.
Here’s a minor classic attack on marxism/bolshevism that exploits the ‘leap into freedom’ confusions of the marxist canon.
Marxism and the Leap to the Kingdom of Freedom: The Rise and Fall of the Communist Utopia
The model in Last and First Men can easily work through the ‘leap into freedom’ meme with its built in ‘dyad’ of freedom and causality. The leap into freedom is actually there, in history and in potential, with some careful analysis.
The text above is a good example of the vigorous round of Marx critics next to the sluggish Marxist ideologues repeating the same old cliches. Marxists who never read such books don’t realize that they are surrounded by heavy canon: the reality of paralysis. Such books make the recasting of the canon essential, without delay.
I was surprised to discover that I had actually reviewed this book in 2002?!