Episode 7: Historical Materialism

How do Marxists see history? It’s a ball of contradiction always moving, morphing, and changing into something new. Find out more by taking a listen.

Episode 7 – Historical Materialism

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One Response to Episode 7: Historical Materialism

  1. despicable says:

    When I say that it is a scientific certainty that socialism will follow capitalism, and that communism will follow socialism, It is with the understanding of Marx’s Dialectic that shows that everything eventually changes to the diametrical opposite of what previously existed.

    This qualitative change is accompanied with what Marx called the “Negation of the Negation!” This means that the anatomy of change does not repeat itself as it moves perhaps temporarily backward for a time and then ultimately forward to a new qualitatively opposite of what previously existed. This is understood by most Marxists as a DIALECTICAL LEAP!

    Change can only be defined as moving forward or moving backward. Or it can seemingly stand still.

    The consequences of matter slowing down and appearing to stand still is the falling apart, rather then the coming together of the combined elements that make up a particular whole.

    The opposite that defines Capitalism, (a system that rests upon a foundation of a economy that is designed to enrich the capitalist few,) is the Communist model that rests on a economic foundation that is designed to enrich equally everyone that is a part of that communist economic foundation.
    Capitalism is a CLASS society the diametrical opposite of a Communist classless society.

    Socialism is a bridge to the classless system of Communism.

    The POINT that I am attempting to make, is that for a change to take place, Quantitative or Qualitative, if it is premature because the conditions have not as yet matured, so as a result of this lack of having the necessary conditions, that what comes into being prematurely, will most likely be still born, because of a lack of life support.

    Because the transition from capitalism is not predictably smooth, because of faulty judgements as to the readiness of a particular change to take place, does not mean that ultimately the opposite of what presently exists will not happen. It will happen when all of the right conditions are in place for it to happen. It will happen because it is the only thing that possibly can happen.
    It is scientifically predictable.

    I still maintain that “Dialectical Materialism” is a PREDICTABLE SCIENCE! and is not a PHILOSOPHY or a IDEOLOGY!

    Karl Marx transformed Hegel’s “Subjective Philosophy,” to the diametrical opposite, and in so doing he performed a “Dialectical Leap!” by changing Hegel’s Subjective Philosophy to a “Marxist Objective Science.”

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