Elsewhere I have written on why I consider historical materialism to be a science due to its virtual replicability, predictive capabilities, and it making possible the objective study of social formations and their respective laws of motion governing them. 1,053 more words
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In one form or another and in varying degrees, Marxists have generally adopted modes of analysis which, explicitly or implicitly, treat the economic ‘base’ and the legal, political, and ideological ‘superstructures’ that ‘reflect’ or ‘correspond’ to it as qualitatively different, more or less enclosed and ‘regionally’ separated sphere.
Because Marxism addresses itself principally to history, its adherents often traffic in historical predictions. This was true of Marx and Engels no less than their followers, and more often than not their predictions turned out to be inaccurate or mistaken. 1,321 more words
A review of Terra Nullius, A Journey Through No One’s Land, by Sven Lindqvist
Terra Nullius – a Latin expression meaning ‘no one’s land’ – was a legal fiction used to clear the way for the colonial occupation of Australia, and the consequent trampling of the rights of the indigenous peoples of that continent. 3,160 more words
The Encyclopedia Galactica, a fictional volume detailing the knowledge of the human race across the galaxy, as described by Asimov in his sci-fi novel… 1,228 more words