File spoon-archives/marxism2.archive/marxism2_1996/96-07-31.055, message 77


Date: Wed, 24 Jul 1996 00:11:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Marxism-Einsteinism



Perhaps relativity has an aesthetic dimension to it, but Einstein's 
science is of a different order from that of a Marx or a Freud (remember 
the "hards" and the "softs"?). I don't know enough about Einstein's 
biography, but I suppose you could say all three of these guys had the 
Promethean/Faustian itch big-time. (Ueber)menschen to the core.

It seems easier trying to relate the work of Marx and Freud to each other 
than to relate either of them to Einstein, though. Einstein may have 
called himself a socialist, but he weren't no marxist. He also wore the 
labels of pacifism and zionism. And wasn't he also in philosophical 
agreement with Ernst Mach? For that sin, good leninists everywhere should 
want to flay him with the knout.

And as for Romantic tragedy, we all know that gentle scientist helped 
bring a rather hideous technological offspring into the world, one which 
the (zero)workers' movement probably won't find much use for.


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