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Derelict histomat

January 14th, 2018 · No Comments

http://www.marxist.com/an-introduction-to-historical-materialism/part-one-what-is-history.htm
The standard views of historical materialism don’t work and their inadequacy is glaringly evident at this point.
First, to pit idealism against materialism is never going to work. Idealists will win the argument even if you reject hegelian extravagance, and behind Idealism stands a Kantian so-called ‘transcendental idealism’, and elusive variant with a cogent possible application to practical historical issues.
And the aggregation by marxists of darwinism to the discussions of histomat simply confounds the set of confusions.
Proponents of historical materialism constantly deny they do certain things and then do them: they propose a version of economic fundamentalism, then deny they are doing this, propose a system that negates free will, then deny this.
And the coup de grace is the ‘dialectic’, confusing enough in Hegel (who echoes classic sources such as Boehme), rendered incomprehensible in its ‘materialist’ version…
In general the base/superstructure analysis is simply a crank theory that doesn’t work (except that as a descriptive, non-theoretical exercise in particular cases).
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