30 October 2006

A quiz for our readers:

Quote 1:

The human species, the coagulated Homo sapiens, will once more enter into a state of radical transformation, and, in his own hands, will become an object of the most complicated methods of artificial selection and psycho-physical training. This is entirely in accord with evolution... Man will make it his purpose to master his own feelings, to raise his instincts to the heights of consciousness, to make them transparent, to extend the wires of his will into hidden recesses, and thereby to raise himself to a new plane, to create a higher social biologic type, or, if you please, a superman.

Quote 2:

Nothing exists except as a relation with other similarly postulated ideas. Nothing can be known in itself, but only as one of the participants in a series of events. Reality is therefore in the motion, not in the things moved. We cannot apprehend anything except as one postulated element of an observed impression of change. We may express this in other terms as follows. Our knowledge of anything is in reality the sum of our observations of its successive movements, that is to say, of its path from event to event.

Can you tell which of the above was written by a magician and which one by a Marxist revolutionary? (Before examining the links and without using Google, you cheating sons of suitcases.) It's worth noting that they were written in the same year. More proof that we're going the same place by different roads.


I am considering writing some kind of "Chaos Marxist Manifesto" - a very basic list of starting points around which I could begin to start attracting an actual intellectual/practical current. Thoughts?


  1. I guessed it correctly.

    "Social construction and psycho-physical self-education will become two aspects of one and the same process."

    Hmm... I never realized I would find myself agreeing with Trotsky on anything.

  2. No matter what you learned in school, Trotsky was way cool as well as a "transhumanist" ahead of his time. If the Stalinist filth hadn't murdered him, he would have no doubt ended up co-starring in a pirate film with Errol Flynn, or perhaps playing drums with John Coltrane. I can heartily recommend Isaac Deutscher's biography.