Dialectic

Fairy Tale
Animism

Fairy Tale

“We are still beguiled by this other fairy tale: that a group of liberal-minded reformers can take charge of the economy and approximate a free and equal society.” ~Max Eastman

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Naive and Cloudy
Dialectic

Naive and Cloudy

“Dialectic Materialism, examined at its point of origin, turns out to be the rather naive, cloudy, unsuccessful and half-minded attempt of a matter-of-fact mind to escape from German metaphysics.” ~Max Eastman

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Mix the Facts
Animism

Mix the Facts

Marx “learned, as all good classical philosophers do, to mix the facts and the animistic presuppositions so intricately that it takes a lifetime to divide them.” ~Max Eastman

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Changeless
Animism

The Changeless

“Science has always occupied itself with changes, and animism has survived for the most part as an assertion of the Changeless which lies behind and beyond them.” ~Max Eastman

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Institutions and Superstitions
Capitalism

Institutions and Superstitions

“The German state patronized modern capitalism, perverting it to the support of feudal political institutions; and the German philosophers patronized modern science, perverting it to the support of animistic superstition.” ~Max Eastman

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Materialistic Religion
Dialectic

Materialistic Religion

“Marx and Engels were defending against scientific materialism–against that attitude which constitutes at least the simple common-sense starting point of science–a materialistic religion.” ~Max Eastman

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Socialist Religion
Dialectic

Socialist Religion

“Marxism was a step from utopian socialism to a socialist religion–a scheme for convincing the believer that the universe itself is producing a better society… ” ~Max Eastman

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Dialectic Thinking?
Dialectic

Dialectic Thinking?

“Not only is there no such thing as dialectic thinking, but there is no such superintellectual knowledge of the exact nature of the universe as that to which an alleged dialectic thinking pretends to give access.” ~Max Eastman

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Wish-Fulfilling
Dialectic

Wish-Fulfilling

“Marx’s dialectic philosophy, with all its wish to be scientific, and to even out-science the scientists, is a survival of … wish-fulfillment thoughts about the world.” ~Max Eastman

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