Writing in the Manifesto of the Communist Party in 1848, Karl Marx assessed the history of class struggle in a manner contrary to the teleology generally ascribed to him:
. . . oppressor and oppressed stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
Most sober analyses suggest that the latter scenario is more consistent with humanity’s current trajectory.
Apart from discussing our ruinous fate, with this blog I chronicle events in my life, examine news items, and offer my perspective on a variety of issues—from anthropology to the philosophy of science.