Category Archives: Analysis of Revolutionary Beliefs

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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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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Are Revolutionary Beliefs a Product of Psychological Maladjustment?

First off, posting is going to be sporadic until early September. I got a good rhythm going until about a month ago, but I’m literally all over the place right now. Literally. All over it. In the meantime, I wanted … Continue reading

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