In the previous episode of Sovereign Nations’s Changing Tides, The Seeds of Collectivism, James Lindsay, Stephen Hicks and Michael O’Fallon began with the metaphysical collectivist thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. They then examined Hegel and Kant, and concluded with Dr. Hicks’s assertion that if it weren’t for the success of the Russian Revolution, Marx would be considered a second or third tier philosopher.

As the team begins Encroaching Darkness, Dr. Hicks brings the conversation from Marx and into the existentialists and their emphasis on the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

Dr. Lindsay analyzes Gramsci and his concepts of cultural Marxism. Dr. Hicks then provides a broad overview and remarked that the early 20th century highlighted the concept of false consciousness. Both men discuss the Frankfurt School and the influence of the critical theorists. The discussion progresses to Maoism with Dr. Lindsay making the statement “Mao did what Gramsci thought.”

We end in Postmodernism and the ideological collectivist stew of Neo-Marxism.

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Previous episodes of Changing Tides may be viewed here.

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2 Comments to: Encroaching Darkness

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    September 7th, 2021

    Just read R. Steiner

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    September 8th, 2021

    Is it possible to get a full transcript of your article.
    what is dialectal argument.
    Thanks James
    You and Helen did survey on PHD thesis to see what would be accepted as a valid thesis can you send the results of your survey/

    thank you
    Donald Vadnais


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