The Evolution of Socialist Strategies

hicks-ep-chart-56-evolution-of-socialist-strategies-200x283Or: “From Marx to the Neo-Rousseauians.”

The flowchart is from the end of Chapter 5 of my Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, summarizing the argument developed in that chapter.

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More excerpts are available at the Explaining Postmodernism page.

[This is an excerpt from Stephen Hicks’s Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy Publishing, 2004, 2011). The full book is available in hardcover or e-book at See also the Explaining Postmodernism page.]

15 thoughts on “The Evolution of Socialist Strategies

  • June 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I suppose I am too low on Maslow’s hierarchy to seek ideological certainty, and I have no interest in winning an argument over which method is best for collapsing the West.
    What I am interested in is understanding the mind of the collectivist, I believe collectivist are an existential threat to individuals. Why? Because they say so. Without understanding this cultural virus, there can be no vaccine or targeted cure. Indeed, I have spent countless hours attempting to persuade with reason, statists who apparently place no value in or truth, logic, integrity, character, or their reputation; only plausibly deniable destruction. They have been playing me for a fool.

    Thank you, Stephen Hicks, for being a rare non-collectivist source on this topic. Your efforts have resulted in me being more perceptive, and hopefully more effective.

  • June 18, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you, Kyzer. An important point, as you’re suggesting, I think, is that it’s not worth arguing or discussing with some people.

  • October 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyed your book which was cited by Jordan Peterson—I’ve blogged every one on my email to read it—it is the best map for wending (winding?) one’s way through the tortuous history of garbled syntax and—per Hunter Thompson—“failed dreams and a terminal identity crisis “.
    My own conclusions re socialism are-that socialism masquerades as philosophy when in fact it is a religion—a limbic investment of absolute faith in social engineering—and each failure is A TEST OF FAITH—not subject to logical refutation-/failures which as the true believers to double down.

  • November 3, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Jordan Peterson sent me here ,thank you for explaining postmodernism to me.

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