Futurists and the Left:
Differences and Agreements, PART II
آینده نگرها و چپ: اختلافات و توافقات، بخش دوم
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Three years ago I wrote part one of this article about the differences and agreements of the legacy of Jules Verne and Thomas More.
1. In part one, I noted the issue of dictatorship of proletariat as a major difference between futurists and the left, while their views are getting closer with the Left abandoning it. Also Marxists in 19th and 20th centuries made a secular semi-religion out of Marx's ideas as explained in 'Dialectical Materialism: Marxist Mystification of Scientific Worldview,' whereas Futurists mostly do not adhere to such ideological models although there were futurists like Merilyn Ferguson who created some form of New Age Religion. Again some Marxists like Louis Althusser and Nicos Poulantzas in 20th century not only rejected dictatorship of proletariat but adopted some form of pluralism in their thought avoiding such semi-religious models of Marxism and they were de facto founders of 'Democratic Socialism.' Nonetheless socialist movement was not ready for that free thinking and maybe that also contributed to personal tragedies they both had at the end of their lives, nonetheless, I am not sure about the personal assessment I just noted, and I am not discussing personal issues here. Today, 'Democratic Socialism' is being advocated by a huge faction of US Democratic Party. I discussed it during the US Primary Elections of 2020 and there is nothing to add to what I already discussed noting the need for Democratic Party activists to learn from Kurzweilian Futurism.
2. The other major difference of Futurists and the Left which I discussed in part one of this article was in the sphere of economics, and not much I can add to what I wrote. The Left, especially in Europe where they have more presence in power, still side with State Economy, whereas Futurists mostly do not prefer any form of ownership and focus on ' creating abundance' as explained in details three months ago in a paper entitled 'Supplement 2020 of Futurist Party Platform.' Needless to say that both the Left and Futurists acknowledge the reality of the dilemma of social justice in all 21st Century economies and futurists do not believe the solution is limited to creating abundance and the long term futurist strategy was discussed in a book entitled 'Futurist: Humanity's Nowruz in 21st Century, New Variant to Meet Human Needs.'
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
September 9, 2020
For a Secular Democratic & Futurist Republican Party in Iran