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How Socialism Will Restore Our Lost Humanity

A photographic excerpt of page 261 from Leszek Kolakowski's Main Currents of Marxism.

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March 8, 2013 - 9:30 am

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If we make a philosophical inquiry following logical extrapolation of this idea, it leads to the conclusion that humanity's ultimate contribution to economic forces can only be maximized by SUBTRACTING men from the cost/labor equation, and inserting the human element into the creation, or conceptualization, process. This means that the human role is intended to be, not a brute work force, but an intellectual element. impossible to recreate by machine. It is the MIND that represents the human function. Attempts to recreate this through computerized A.I. are mediocre at best.Therefore, let men strive to realize their full potentiality through mental development and exertion, and they become fully human and thereby irreplaceable. Only humans who refuse this calling fail to fulfill their humanity and become subject to mere materialist laws of animal utility.
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You guys should check out the book 'The Pursuit of the Millennium'. A: its very interesting but B: I came away seeing parallels so obvious between Marx and former Christian and pagan clothed as Christian cult's revolutions that it seems obvious now Marx was trying to tap that energy. He was never atheistic; he was self consciously trying to start a modern weaver's revolt with the third stage of a emperor Fredrick returning being changed to a secular (but similar) paradise.
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It's boggling that such a racist, bigoted dullard, whose masturbatory ramblings don't stand up to first year logic, and have been endlessly debunked, are still so popular. It proves it's pretty much a religion.

Which is why I call them Marxians.

But I believe they can yet save us. Once they're all grouped together, they're easier to destroy.
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Under Socialism, things WILL be so much better...

Who believes vast predictions like this? Dupes.
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An example: Vachel Lindsay, an early 20th century poet. He wrote one called "Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket."

"I AM unjust, but I can strive for justice.
My life's unkind, but I can vote for kindness.
I, the unloving, say life should be lovely.
I, that am blind, cry out against my blindness.

"Man is a curious brute—he pets his fancies—
Fighting mankind, to win sweet luxury.
So he will be, tho' law be clear as crystal,
Tho' all men plan to live in harmony.

"Come, let us vote against our human nature,
Crying to God in all the polling places
To heal our everlasting sinfulness
And make us sages with transfigured faces."

So that's it. Politics is the vehicle for human redemption and transfiguration. We're bad as individuals, but collectively we're good. Or something.

Can you figure it out?
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Marx and his fellow Socialists did indeed view Socialism as a purification process for humanity. The idea was that by subordinating the individual will to the group, after enough generations humanity would suddenly become something new and "better." Marx called that ultimate goal Communism, his vision of perfected, hive minded humans from birth.

Of course, not everyone would like this so Socialism necessarily required force to make people play along. Those who wouldn't, well, they would be killed. Just part of the decades to centuries of sacrifice and hardship the masses would face, but it would all be worth to reach perfection, which was always just around the corner but never arriving.
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This is a joke, right?
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No, that is what socialists believe.

But the important thing to remember is that Marx said that under Socialism some would be more equal than others. Those would be the "enlightened" and intelligent leadership caste and their bureaucrats who would "necessarily be compensated for their hard brain work." That vast majority of those who profess Socialism will think themselves members of this caste and not one of the proles or serfs that will be kicked around, starved and massacred. In other words, they all think they will be wearing the boot.
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