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Communism and the Metaphor of the Bat | OnlySubs With James Lindsay, Ep. 101

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New Discourses Logo  fiber_manual_record  Jul 13th, 2022


At the risk of running the poor thing into the ground, I'm coming back to the societal metaphor of the baseball bat I've used in two previous episodes. In this episode of my subscribers-only podcast, James Lindsay OnlySubs, I dive back in to talk about the idea of the "negative thinking" or "critical method" of Marxism in these terms. The long and short goes like this: Marxist critique is like believing the best way to keep a baseball bat balanced upright is by knocking it down over and over and over again. The closest thing they have to a point is that fascism will follow if anyone grabs onto the bat to hold it upright, but the ridiculous magical thinking is pretty obvious in this framing. Join me for another fun and creative exploration!

-James Lindsay

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