Pessimism of the Intellect, and the Optimism of the Will

Rahul Mahajan rahul at
Tue May 28 17:41:50 MDT 1996

>> I like the phrase anyway. What Callinicos says seems superficially
>> reasonable, but I think we all know in practice, as opposed to in words,
>> that a little "voluntarism" is absolutely crucial. The self-organization of
>> the working class is not something that will happen independent of the
>> development of working class consciousness, and it's not even inevitable.
>> Rahul
>I agree with Rahul.
>This is such a rare event that I'd thought I'd  better devote a whole post
>to the fact.
>Better an intellegent idealist than a stupid materialist.

Adam, I agree wholeheartedly with your last statement. However, I'll admit
(if you force me) to intelligence but not to idealism. With your belief in
vitalism (expressed on M2), you would seem a better candidate than I for
the mantle of idealism. Now I suppose we can resume disagreeing.


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