Monthly Archives: August 2010

Lenin, Abraham, and Patriarchy

I read a feminist critique of the myth of Abraham recently – though the central point really lay in stressing the obvious fact, that in this story a man proves his virtue and his worth by his willingness to kill … Continue reading

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Is it Reasonable to Believe in Revolution, Part 3/3

So suppose, based on part 2, that we find plausible the idea of a potentially-revolutionary conflict between forces for capitalism and forces for socialism, at some point in the next century or two. Why think that it will be actually-revolutionary, … Continue reading

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Is it Reasonable to Believe in Revolution? Part 2/3

Suppose you find yourself appalled by humanity’s inhumanity to humanity (and others). And suppose, for the sake of argument, that your diagnosis of why this occurs, and what would avert it, is correct but not widely accepted. Should you despair, … Continue reading

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Is it Reasonable to Believe in Revolution? Part 1/3

My goal in the next three posts is to examine whether it’s reasonable to believe that the revolution will happen. By ‘will happen’ I don’t mean strictly inevitable, but more something whose probability increases indefinitely. And by ‘the revolution’ I … Continue reading

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Are Revolutionary Beliefs an Expression of Repressed Anger at One’s Parents?

*resumes blogging after a week of busyness mixed with business* In one recent post I offered qualified criticism of one ‘psychologising’ tactic, that of analysing someone’s belief as ‘wish-fulfilment’. A slightly different tactic is to accuse someone of ‘displacement’, which … Continue reading

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Non-Post

Oh dear. There were going to be some posts either yesterday, today, or tomorrow, but it’s looking like there probably won’t be. Oh well. Possibly for a while.   So in lieu of posts, I’ll advert to a new link I’m … Continue reading

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Are Revolutionary Beliefs an Adolescent Fad?

Continuing yesterday’s topic of stereotypes about radicals, there’s an line which goes: “anyone who is not a socialist at 18 has no heart. Anyone who is still a socialist at 30 has no brain.” More broadly, it’s often suggested that … Continue reading

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