American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas

American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas

American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas

American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas

Synopsis

Marxist thought pervades American academic discourse, particularly in the humanities and the social sciences. Fernandez-Morera shows why the survival of these ideas is unjustified in the face of their theoretical and practical problems and their historical record.

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Anything could be true. the so-called laws of nature were nonsense. the law of gravity was nonsense. "If I wished," O'Brien had said, "I could float off this floor like a soap bubble." Winston worked it out. "If he thinks he floats off the floor, and if I simultaneously think I see him do it, then the thing happens." Suddenly, like a lump of submerged wreckage breaking the surface of water, the thought burst into his mind: "It does not really happen. We imagine it. It is hallucination." He pushed the thought under instantly. the fallacy was obvious. It presupposed that somewhere or other, outside oneself, there was a "real" world where "real" things happened. But how could there be such a world? What knowledge have we of anything, save our own minds?. . . . Whatever happens in all minds, truly happens. He had no difficulty in disposing of the fallacy, and he was in no danger of succumbing to it.

--George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

An élite-determined relativism is to be found everywhere, not only in philosophy, but also in legal theory. Thus an eminent constitutional lawyer, Sanford Levinson, in his Constitutional Faith, reaches, under the influence of the philosopher Richard Rorty, the "rather gloomy" conclusion of Sartre that "the establishment of fascism would establish fascism as the truth of man."

--William Warren Bartley iii, Unfathomed Knowledge, Unmeasured Wealth

The malleability of truth

Bourgeois critics surprised at the largely academic existence of what they consider an obsolete intellectual paradigm overlook that materialist discourse has built-in . . .

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