[Marxism] 46 percent of Americans think that the earth is less than 10, 000 years old
mjs at smithbowen.net
Fri Jun 1 13:19:05 MDT 2012
On Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:34:34 -0400
Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> A reminder that the revolution is not around the corner.
Dunno about that. Cromwell & Co did pretty well, though they
were great Bible readers.
Evolution (and 'science' generally; not to mention 'progress')
are liberal fetishes, really, and have nothing to do with the
revolutionary disposition. In fact I would argue that caring
deeply about whether or not people believe in these idols of
the caste is more reactionary than otherwise; it insists upon
an acquiescence to expert opinion. Very middle-class, really.
I'm always amused, in talking with people for whom belief
in evolution is a big totem, to discover how little they
actually know about the subject, in most cases. Reference
to the problematics of ideas like 'inclusive fitness' usually
draw a very blank stare.
Evolution as taught in the high schools of this broad land
is a deeply vulgar doctrine -- so vulgar it makes vulgar
Marxism look relatively refined. It leaves people with a few
catch phrases -- like 'survival of the fittest', with its muffled
implicit justification for meritocracy and its theodicy of
'competition' -- and a vague belief that Nature labors under
a need to optimize; that mammals represent an improvement on
molluscs, and so on. It's a kind of secular religion, with rather
clear political implications, and bears no resemblance whatsoever
to the actual science of evolutionary biology, which like all
good science abounds in quandaries, paradoxes, and perplexities
in proportion to the immense value of its fundamental
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