re-socialism or barbarism?

Michael Luftmensch MLuftmensch at hubcap.mlnet.com
Fri May 17 19:04:41 MDT 1996


re-socialism or barbarism?

Engels wrote to Joseph Bloch (21-22 Sept. 1890):

"History is made in such a way that the final result always arises
>from conflicts between many individual wills, of which each in turn
has been made what it is by a host of particular conditions of life. Thus
there are innumerable intersecting forces, an infinite series of
parallelograms of forces which give rise  to one resultant - the
historical event. This may again be viewed as the product of a power
which works as a whole *unconsciously* and without volition. For what
each individual wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is
something that no one willed."

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1. My point was not to denigrate socialism, but to question the either/or
terms in which it's juxtaposed with barbarism.

2. History is necessity. (Trotskyists - who would be lost without the
word IF - will disagree.)

3. The barbaric aspects of the social reforms mentioned by Joe K. -
e.g.. social security, unemployment insurance, etc. - lie in the fact that
they were restricted to citizens of the United States.

Michael







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