Monday, 26 February 2018

The evolution of socialist strategies to rescue socialism from failure

Back in 2004, philosopher Stephen Hicks wrote his great book Explaining Postmodernism (since updated and expanded), its thesis being that the failure of philosophers to properly explain 'how we know' made the garbled nonsense of postmodernism possible; and it was the continued failure of socialism that made postmodernism necessary.

Any student who's spent any time in a humanities department will have encountered (and been taught) the garbled nonsense derived from postmodernism -- hence my continuing recommendation that every student needs this book in their backpack. ("This book should be in every student's backpack. In the post-modern intellectual battleground in which each student find himself submerged - and sometimes drowning - this book offers essential intellectual self-defence for every student who still cares to think. "

And anybody just living their daily life will have encountered (and been tripped up by) postmodernism's politically-correct nonsense that so often confounds common sense -- and that so frequently is found to be compulsory.

Not to mention the world's sundry and still-breathing socialist movements and (despite socialism's ongoing failure whenever it has been attempted), and despite this the ongoing sympathy for socialist politicians (Corbyn, Sanders, Ardern ... ).

So check out this flow chart adapted from Hicks's book, that explains the evolution of socialist strategies to rescue socialism from failure -- and by that is not means, the attempts to make socialism work (since nothing could make its dual perversion of economics and morality ever do that) but to philosophically explain away its failure:

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