Religion

Pariah
Communism

Pariah

“When I came home from Europe in 1927 most of my old political friends refused to speak to me on the street. I was a traitor, a renegade, a pariah, a veritable untouchable, so far as the communists were concerned.” ~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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Common Sense
Animism

Common Sense

“The ability to rest in doubt, to withhold belief where belief is not warranted by methodological investigation is indispensable to expert common sense and it is the part most difficult for amateurs to learn.” ~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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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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