[Marxism] Who Thinks Abstractly? 2.0 - COSMONAUT

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jan 15 16:04:52 MST 2019

The world is complicated and opaque. The old societies, such as 
hunter-gatherer tribes or agricultural communities, could comprehend 
themselves in a more total way than modern societies. We may understand 
better today the laws that rule the natural universe, laws that we have 
been able to manipulate to send man to space, impregnate the air with 
electromagnetic waves that carry instantaneous messages, and annihilate 
whole cities with the mass-energy of atoms. But the self-comprehension 
of ourselves as a society is lower than in antiquity, for today’s laws 
that make the community flourish are sunken below layers of complexity 
and abstraction. In ancient cities, like Rome, or Athens – or 
inclusively in the urbanization projects of many developing countries of 
the 20th century – the restrictions that inhibited flourishing were well 
known. For the destiny of communities was rooted in their capacity to 
create the calories and housing necessary to sustain a population, and 
these activities were constrained by the capacity of agriculture to 
create sufficient flows of energy.

full: https://cosmonaut.blog/2019/01/15/who-thinks-abstractly/

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