[Marxism] The Prophet Misarmed: Trotsky, Ecology and Sustainability

Shane Mage shmage at pipeline.com
Fri Mar 13 09:59:26 MDT 2009


On Mar 13, 2009, at 11:24 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:

> Shane Mage wrote:
>> Sandy Irvine accuses Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky of "cornucopism"
>> and (anachronistically) of failing to anticipate such consequences of
>> capitalist development as the destruction of the Aral Sea.
>
> I haven't had a chance to read Irvine's article yet but I must take
> exception to lumping the others in with Trotsky, who *did* err on the
> side of technological optimism. Just look at his musings on eugenics  
> in
> "If America should go communist":
>
> "While the romantic numskulls of Nazi Germany are dreaming of  
> restoring
> the old race of Europe’s Dark Forest to its original purity, or rather
> its original filth, you Americans, after taking a firm grip on your
> economic machinery and your culture, will apply genuine scientific
> methods to the problem of eugenics. Within a century, out of your
> melting pot of races there will come a new breed of men – the first
> worthy of the name of Man."


What's wrong with the word "eugenics?"  Is *dysgenics* desirable?  Or  
is there something "sacred" (as the Pope and Obama and all the other  
politicians seem to think) about the present human genome that makes  
future heritable physical improvement in the human organism blasphemous?


Shane Mage

> This cosmos did none of gods or men make, but it
> always was and is and shall be: an everlasting fire,
> kindling in measures and going out in measures."
>
> Herakleitos of Ephesos




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