the only thing Mr. Lieberman’s book is good for is for learning how people who are under the influence of this kind of books might interpret your body language, so that you will know to avoid body language that can get interpreted negatively. Consciously bringing your body language into accordance with the Holy Books of Pop Psychology seems indeed to be easier than making all those wannabe-psychologists out there realize that they should stop blindly relying on those over-simplistic books and instead make some effort to learn to know the other person how he really is.
another entertaining review entitled: 100,000,000 dead people can’t be wrong
For those who still believe in dialectical materialism, consider these two terms individually:
Materialism is an incoherent, self-refuting philosophy. If everything is matter in motion, then the human being must be a machine, or less, a random collection of organic molecules. How can the person who asserts that he is a randomly-created machine know that this assertion is true? A random, chaotic bag of chemicals must be subject to error, by definition and reason. Materialism undercuts itself. Moreover, how can materialism explain consciousness? If everthing is matter, what is contemplating matter? Matter cannot contemplate. Mind cannot be reduced to matter. (i.e., how can the concept of infinity be represented by a finite number of brain cells?) St. Thomas Aquinas regarded materialism as a very primitive philosophy.
Historicism/dialectic is equally problematic. If truth is completely subject to history (or the Hegelian dialectic), then the idea that “truth is subject to history (or the Hegelian dialectic)” must also be an idea that is subject to history (or the Hegelian dialectic). Therefore absolute truth cannot be completely subject to history or Hegel’s dialectic. But we know that absolute truth exists because we can assert it’s existence without contradiction, and because any attempt to refute the existence of absolute truth will be self-contradictory, as Aristotle proved in his argument with Gorgias the Sophist 2500 years ago. Unfortunately, nobody told Marx. Absolute truth exists, we can know absolute truth exists with certainty, and we can be certain that Marxism ain’t it.
As for Marx himself, historian Paul Johnson paints a rather unflattering portrait. The economic genius “never set foot in a mill, factory, mine or other industrial workplace in the whole of his life.” He lived off of his inheritences, his wife’s family’s hand-outs, and Engel’s largesse. The man who complained about malevolent capitalists let his family live in squalor.
And how did Marx’s mad, incoherent, “scientific” philosophy work in practice? One need only look at the historical record. But the effects of his insanity are felt to this day. Consider these goals from the Communist Manifesto:
1.Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. 2.A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. 3.Abolition of all right of inheritance. 4.Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. 5.Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. 6.Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State. 7.Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan. 8.Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. 9.Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country. 10.Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c.
Marx will live on as long as there are State Universities.