Futurists and the Left:
Differences and Agreements
آینده نگرها و چپ: اختلافات و توافقات
P.S. 9/9/20: Part II: http://www.ghandchi.com/3870-futurists-and-left-part2-english.htm
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The last major comparative analysis of Futurists and the Left, was in a short interesting book entitled "Previews and Premises" written by the late Alvin Toffler. That book was noted four years ago in an article entitled "Marxism and Futurism" (1).
In reality, there are only two major differences between the two disciplines. Futurists in politics mostly follow the liberal tradition of secular democracy whereas the Leninists of the Left supported dictatorship of the proletariat. After the fall of Soviet Union and with ending of the Cold War, basically Leninism and theory of dictatorship of proletariat was discarded and the main body of the Left are now similar to the Social Democratic parties of Europe that abandoned the theory of dictatorship of the proletariat more than a century ago. Thus, today, for Futurists and the Left, similarity and not difference, in the thought of secular democracy, represents their political view.
The other major difference of the two disciplines is in the sphere of economics where the Left, even in its social democratic version, still sides with State Economy, whereas the Futurists reject it because of the stagnation they have seen for a century in Europe. Futurists do not side with any particular form of ownership, and in view of theoreticians such as John Rawls achieving social justice is more feasible in a property-owning society than through abolishment of the private property (2).
It is noteworthy that the Left has more strength in politics, which is not only apparent in Social Democratic parties of Europe but it is also evident in the leftist faction of Democratic Party in the United States. And the strength of the futurists in progressive thinking is more evident than first meets the eye (3).
As far as our worldviews, the outlook of a futurist like this author (4), is not that far from many who consider themselves as Leftist, and our thoughts about the challenges of social justice in a post-industrial society, is shared by many who are called socialists (5).
Perhaps forming new secular democratic futurist parties (6) through the cooperation of Futurists and the Left may be more fruitful than continuing the separation of the last half century (7).
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
May 24, 2018
*The first edition of this article was published on
July 3, 2017.
1. Marxism and Futurism
مارکسيسم و آينده نگری
2. Is Socialism More Just?Second Edition
آیا سوسیالیسم عادلانه تر است؟ویرایش دوم
3. Futurism, Sandbox, and Political Potency
آینده نگری، جعبه شن بازی، و توانمندی سیاسی
4. Scientific Worldview and Meaning of Life
جهان بینی علمی و معنای زندگی
5. Social Justice and the Computer Revolution
عدالت اجتماعی و انقلاب کامپیوتری
6. A Few Words about Iranian Secular Democratic
چند کلمه درباره حزب سکولار دموکرات ایرانیان-آینده نگر
7. Iranian Intellectuals and Leftism
روشنفکران ایران و چپ گرائی
For a Secular Democratic & Futurist Republican Party in Iran