11 February 2011

Chaos Marxism Manifesto #2 - Electric Boogaloo

  1. There is only one physical reality, and only one real scientific understanding of why the world of human beings is the way it is.
  2. Almost all human beings live according to "consensus realities" - the totems of their particular tribe. (This is because we are social animals and have never been able to exist as isolated individuals.) They act as if these totems are real, and therefore they are real for them, even though in any objective sense they are fictional.
  3. Therefore, almost all of what humans collectively believe to be real - and act accordingly - is an illusion created by repetition. You are what you do; therefore, if you act in accordance with the tribal totems you help make them real, even though you might "intellectually" realise they're not.
  4. The ego - that is, the individual consciousness - is born to help the individual survive in consensus reality. Therefore it is irretrievably and mechanically tied to its particular tribal totems and cannot step outside them.
  5. Psychic disturbance comes from the ego squishing down the other parts of the psyche in response to its own survival objectives, including service to the tribal totems.
  6. Creativity does not come from the ego, but from some other part of the psyche outside consensus reality. We might as well say that creativity - and, in fact, everything that makes us "human" in the best sense, rather than robots or apes - comes from another, better world existing concurrently with that of consensus reality.
  7. Mental illness we can say comes from another, worse world existing concurrently with that of consensus reality.
  8. It is for this reason that even the more rigorously scientific, materialist analysis of human culture will be incomplete, because it cannot understand art, creativity, religion, madness etc. by its very nature.
  9. Those who really want to bring goodness into this world have to fuse science and spirituality, as Aleister Crowley said. "Science" in the sense of we have to understand on a physical, rational basis how humanity really works; "spirituality" because we have to accept that humans are not and can never be 100% rational, and indeed so much of what is truly glorious about our species-being works by non-rational rules.
  10. "New Atheism" is particularly pernicious because it seeks to demolish belief in "God" (i.e. a supra-human consciousness), but by default leaves all the totems of the currently dominant tribe (Consume Mass Quantities, Have A Good Time All Of The Time, We Are The Superior Culture And Deserve To Own The Planet And Tell Everyone Else What To Do) alone, because they're not "God" in the way that they understand it.
  11. Chaos Marxism says: God is the part of your own consciousness that comes from the better, creative universe. It existed prior to your ego and therefore it really did create your world. So have some respect.
  12. Our practice is to build, with actual concrete deeds, a new way of being, a new way of living together in this world, which will be sustainable, just. This will include: concrete ways of producing all those things we need to survive and thrive in a better way; practical loving-kindness towards all living beings; healthy ways to tap into the Better Reality and come back to Normal Reality safely (art, spirituality, etc); and political/cultural/memetic activism against the current world order in the service of the Great God Mammon who quite literally wants to eat the planet.
  13. The totems of the old tribe - of Western capitalist civilisation - are causing us to quite literally eat the planet and shit in our own nest. They can only be defeated by a combination of (a) rational debunking; (b) creating new totems for the new way of being. Humans cannot live without irrationality and totemic thought, at least right now.


  1. Hey Dolores - what's your contact e-mail? This is your buddy Cramulus. I was looking to make something I can thumb through before bed, and also something I can share to tell people about the great stuff you're doing, so I compiled a bunch of your posts into a document. -- http://www.scribd.com/doc/48887820/A-Chaos-Marxism-Primer -- I'd love some pointers as to which posts should be in a Chaos Marxism primer. What do you think?

  2. Er... bloody hell. doloras AT randomstatic DOT net. Wow. I was going to get some kind of publication together myself, but lost the time. Will look over your work with a real sense of "I don't deserve this".

  3. Hello: I am a research scientist in the field of Jungian psychology and Marxism. I would like to offer my support to the people engaged in this site. I have successfully constructed a unification of Jung's psychology of the Inner Self and Marx's philosophy of world revolution. This is test to see if I can post to your sight. Graeme Jones