Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn


I've read enough of Eduard Bernstein to feel that he's a central figure in socialist theory and someone I could claim as being inspirational for my politics. Our intuitions are similar enough that I have found criticisms I've made of Marxian thought done back before the turn of the 20th century with almost the same details in Bernstein, despite my having independently developed them.

As of present, I can say that if I wanted to quickly describe my politics in terms of existing political philosophers, I'd say:

Begin with Trotskyite-flavoured Marxism, then abandon dialectical materialism, democratic centralism, and marxian economics, incorporate the revisionism from Bernstein but hedge on his commitment to democratic means for a transition to socialism, adopting an interest in either revolution or gradualism as determined by pragmatism.

I do have substantial other developments, such as the critical importance of social-value reform and the central role of universities/academia/personal development in enacting socialism, but so far those are ideas I have not seen from others.

If you want to read Bernstein on a fairly obscure topic (that has long been interesting to me), there's his analysis of the Christian communist movements in the time of Cromwell I.

If you have any question about my political philosophy, my thoughts in general, or anything, ask in a comment (on the LJ mirror of my blog) and I'll probably answer you.

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