John Oswald

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  • in reply to: Anti-received knowledge #190655

    John Oswald
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    The free will myth goes hand in hand with conspiracy theories. Both fail to comprehend the materialist conception of history. Both see “great people” or “evil people” behind social processes.

    in reply to: Path toward socialism #189886

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    Humans haven’t got hundreds of years left if they don’t make socialism!

    We haven’t got anywhere near that sort of time; I’d say not even one hundred!

    in reply to: Climate Crisis: Our Last Chance #189867

    John Oswald
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    You are correct, ALB. 🙂

    in reply to: Climate Crisis: Our Last Chance #189865

    John Oswald
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    Concern for the fate of Earth’s nonhumans is a new thing for Marxian Socialists.

    in reply to: Climate Crisis: Our Last Chance #189864

    John Oswald
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    Yes, you are correct. The quote is from Jim Mason, where Hoffer appears with reference to Marxism and is called a trade unionist.

    I stand corrected, but you must admit that similar progressivism was typical of early Marxists, with talk of a world solely for Man. Bolshevism is still so.

    in reply to: Climate Crisis: Our Last Chance #189832

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    Eric Hoffer.

    in reply to: Climate Crisis: Our Last Chance #189793

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    <p dir=”ltr”>Bolsonaro doing what Hoffer the Marxist suggested: “Wipe out the jungles.”</p>

    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189679

    John Oswald
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    “”…wipe out the jungles, turn deserts and swamps into arable land, terrace barren mountains, regulate rivers, eradicate all pests, control the weather and make the whole land mass a fit habitation for man.”
    Hoffer, in other words, would totally destroy nature in order to make the world more comfortable for human beings. The view is so dominionist, alienated, and ruthless that it would have made even Aquinas and Descartes wince.”

    Jim Mason.

    “… The exploitation of the globe, of external nature, becomes henceforth the sole end of man’s physical activity.”

    Saint-Simon.

    “… humanity is nature’s highest product.”

    Maurice Cornforth.

    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189678

    John Oswald
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    AN UNNATURAL ORDER by Jim Mason:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unnatural-Order-Primal-Animals-Nature/dp/1590560817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421320943&sr=1-1&keywords=an+unnatural+order%2C+jim+masonContains what is perhaps the most chilling quote by a human supremacist Marxist ever written.

    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189677

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    What is one to think, reading old socialist internal memos stating that there is nothing of interest left to evolve on Earth and that therefore humans are evolution’s ultimate goal (ultimate goal? How scientific! Evolution isn’t a task force. It has no ultimate goal!)

    Lafargue’s attack on antivivisectionists as bourgeois sentimentalists is understandable in the 19th century, as starving workers die around these beplumed bourgeois dames, but a socialist who sides today with the authorities against working class antivivisectionists paying with their liberty for their indignation at unimaginable horrors, because that socialist takes his cue from Lafargue, would be a sorry individual.

    Battersea workers recognised more than the Marxists of that borough when they rose in the name of the tortured brown dog in 1903. The workers recognised in the animals the dog represented fellow beings and fellow victims of plutocratic exploitation. They instinctively recognised that the exploitation that is capital affects all, and they did not trivialise the matter, as I have heard many doing who claim to champion a saner, better world.

    I have seen a change for the better since I returned to the party after 16 years. Other, non-SPGB, “Marxists” are still ignorantly dismissive of our kinship with other animals, as are certain Anarchists.

    University students, many calling themselves “Marxists”, desensitized, mock and pull faces at “animal activists” who are equally confused re: why society is like it is.
    We owe it to ourselves to distance ourselves from such reactionary ridicule of universal kinship with other beings.

    I am glad to see that at last we are.

    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189672

    John Oswald
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    True. But socialists are not exempt from human prejudices rooted in their history.

    Good for those who comprehend this and are not fossilized!

    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189662

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    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189661

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    It’s the “Marx” in Socialism, isn’t it? that made Socialists in the 20th century traditionally indifferent to nonhuman animals, viewing them as “resources” and nothing in themselves.
    Prior to Marx, Socialism as it was included fellow animals as living beings (Shelley etc.) Then Marxists derided such concern as “bourgeois – or rather bourgeoise – sentimentalism.”
    This indifference self- excluded Marxian socialists from awareness of the advances made in ethology and natural science since the later 20th century and kept them hooked on the old ladder view of evolution, which has long been admirably shattered by S.J. Gould and other modern Darwinians. Maybe now, Marxian Socialists are beginning to remove the eye-patch.

    in reply to: Iran tensions #189659

    John Oswald
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    Thanks Alan. 🙂

    in reply to: Extinction Rebellion #189650

    John Oswald
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    But the end of these animals is.

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