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  •  Capitalism, I think, is more than just a name (7+ / 0-)

    As you say, it is an integral part of human social evolution, or as Marx would put it, a stage in the development of human material production.

    I especially like your point about Cartesian dualism and its inherently mechanistic, and alienating, nature. Add to that the Christian tendency to interpret ancient Jewish texts like Genesis as endorsing a conquest-type relationship of man to nature, and one can see much of the intellectual arguments used to justify capitalism.

    As a dialectical materialist, I'd argue that the intellectual aspects are generally subservient to the material and social relations of production, but neither do I see anything in your post that really conflicts with that point.

    Really thought-provoking post on the need to change our relationship with nature, which is, of course, especially relevant to the ongoing global warming catastrophe.


    "Karl Marx and Frederick Engels came to the checkout at the 7-11 Marx was skint - but he had sense Engels lent him the necessary pence What have we got? Yeh-o, magnificence!!" (The Clash, 1976-1983)

    by Le Gauchiste on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 03:43:20 PM PDT

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