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Lack of Spiritual Transcendence – A Critique of Communist Ideology, II(3-5)
By Sherwin Lu   2017-04-01
Marx’s idea of human emancipation lacks spiritual dimension. As far as human capability is concerned, to produce enough necessities for everybody on this planet is not a problem at all today. Why, then, are so many people still suffering from hunger, cold and homelessness, while those who have more than enough are still pursuing more and more material wealth so relentlessly as to trigger violence, wars and slaughter everywhere, and terror acts, and nuclear threats and ecological disasters? It is because, under the indulgent influence of the cultural atmosphere that is typical of the commercial society dominated by big capital, people are universally obsessed with self-satisfaction of all sorts of extravagant material desires in disregard of others’ well-being….
 
 
A Critique of Communist Ideology: I-II(1-2) Marx’s contribution and failure
By Sherwin Lu   2017-03-01
Marx has basically accomplished the historical mission entrusted to him by his time and deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest thinkers in human history. / His two failures: …“historical materialism” has doomed his communist idea of “emancipation” to be no more than one in the materialistic sense only… Due to lack of ultimate spiritual concern, all exploiting classes are regarded only as culprits for and beneficiaries from social injustices, hence only to be eliminated via social revolution as stumbling blocks on the road towards human emancipation, thus being excluded from human beings to be emancipated.
 
 
Go beyond Physical Short-Sightedness and Return to the Metaphysical Ultimate
By Sherwin Lu   2017-02-01
Chinese civilization never depended for the spread of its culture on military power but on the moral strength of its thought tradition. Military actions should be adopted for self-defense only, just to counter anti-Dao violence. Any thought or culture that attempts to impose itself on others would never belong to nor represent traditional Chinese civilization – it would just be an ideology. History has proved once and again that any thought, culture and civilization that embodies the ultimate moral justice would unfailingly be transformed sooner or later into undefeatable material strength which can resist or absorb any vicious force that runs counter to the Supreme Way, even though it might, possibly due to its own faults, be subjected to temporary setbacks by momentarily powerful enemies. Just as what Lenin once quoted from Krylov’s Fables, the eagle may sometimes fly lower than a chicken, but a chicken can never soar as high as an eagle.
 
 
Traditional Socialism(3): Unidimensional Political Economy & Dualistic “Democratic Centralism”
By Sherwin Lu   2017-01-01
Marxist political economy, by revealing that capital, with its domination over labor, has usurped the whole surplus value from social production, has successfully provided in economic terms the theoretical rationale for the final elimination of the exploitation system rooted in private ownership of means of production... However, there are deficiencies in this theory due to lack of dimensions in the way of thinking... ...Just as the philosophy of dialectical materialism is dualistic in failing to unify mind and matter into a transcendental oneness, the traditional socialist principle of “democratic centralism” as an application of that philosophy, phrased as “centralism based on democracy and democracy guided by centralism [the center]” is also dualistic in evading the fundamental question: Which of the two, “democracy” or “centralism”, or something even more essential, should have the ultimate authority?
 
 
Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body
By Olivia Goldhill   2016-12-25
The New Legalist editor: This is an important contribution to mankind's effort to depart from the Western traditional (including Marx's "dialectical materialist") mind-vs.-matter dualist philodophical view of all existence.
 
 
Traditional Socialism(2): Confrontational,Unidimensional, Monolithic
By Sherwin Lu   2016-12-01
Ultimately-confrontational thinking is the application of the dualistic law of “unity of opposites” to the way of thought.... The confrontational thinking that runs though traditional class–struggle theory and practice without an awareness of the need for an upper-level-balance has led to results unfavorable to the proletariat.... This absolutization fails to see that capital may also originate in labor (i.e., savings from wage/salary income), that... that... and that... What were more damaging were those from-time-to-time nation-wide campaigns aiming at resolving ideological “deviations” by political or even paramilitary means (such as manhandling). Consequently, dedicated socialists were replaced batch after batch by all sorts of opportunists... If the individual and sub-group members are treated as “cog wheels” and “screws” on the revolutionary “machine” instead of as acting agents with relatively independent wills and thoughts as well as shared ones, this is mechanicalist monolithism....
 
 
Traditional Soviet-Brand Socialism...(1)-- A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies (IV 4:1-2)
By Sherwin Lu   2016-11-01
...the cause of socialism is an unprecedented one and its history not quite long yet. We should not make excessive demands on our predecessors by expecting them to be clear about all details of such a great project without making any errors. If the last century was one that witnessed the first-time world-scale practice of socialism, the present one would definitely see its resurrection and new development...
 
 
Capitalism as ideology -- A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies (IV-3)
By Sherwin Lu   2016-10-01
Capitalism and scientific socialism are two mutually opposed social ideals and systems. But as ideologies they are also partially interlocking and overlapping with each other. Here is a comparative study of their inadequacies, including what is common as well as what is diametrically different between them, so as to get some idea about how mankind should mend their ways in order to achieve real emancipation.
 
 
Daoism vs. Christianity as ideologies -- A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies (IV 1-2)
By Sherwin Lu   2016-09-01
... the core content of any ideology should be a system of politico-economic theories together with matching thoughts on moral-cultural subjects in advocacy of a specific order of social relationships; and any religious or secular philosophy that gives an account of the metaphysical world and its relationship with the physical world and is serving a specific ideology as its philosophical foundation and hence part of its thought system naturally also belongs to the category of “ideology”.... Belief in any ideology, or any political conviction, can never replace an ultimate faith in the spiritual life of an individual and of a human community either. It is because ultimate faith is one belonging to the highest level and should function as a guide and a norm-setter for social ideologies.
 
 
Egocentrism in immature faiths -- A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies (III-3)
By Sherwin Lu   2016-08-01
Of all faiths, Eastern and Western, of the past and the present, those that hinge on the “self” in all its variations and extensions as the ultimate origin of all existence but actually leave unexplained, or unconvincingly explained, the defining internal relationship (between the perceiver and perceived) of the phenomenal world, thus falling short of reaching up to the ultimately unified “one” reality behind it, are not ultimate faiths, at least not mature ones.
 
 
 
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