I’ve had occasion to criticize this unthinkingly ‘positivist’ philosophy myself… There are times when such ‘positivism’ is far from helpful, and when applied unthinkingly to certain modern situations, when it is positively lethal. There’s a time to say ‘YES’… and a time to say ‘NO!!!’
The ridiculous positivism, the belief that we are headed toward some glorious future, defies reality.
By Chris Hedges
The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It cripples our capacity for radical action and lulls us into a false sense of security. Those who cling to the myth of human progress, who believe that the world inevitably moves toward a higher material and moral state, are held captive by power. Only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia, of the rise of a ruthless corporate totalitarianism, buttressed by the most terrifying security and surveillance apparatus in human history, are likely to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.
The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. But to challenge it, to state the obvious fact that things are…
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