New Spartacist Pamphlet: In Defense of Science and Marxism
Workers Vanguard No. 1036
13 December 2013
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The Spartacist League’s new pamphlet is a collection of seven articles reprinted from Workers Vanguard. The contents illustrate why Marxists passionately defend the acquisition of scientific knowledge and technological advances against retrograde ideology, e.g., mysticism, superstition, quackery, social reaction. The counterrevolutionary destruction of the Soviet Union two decades ago, combined with a low ebb in class struggle, has created a climate that provides a breeding ground for such backwardness.
Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky captured the contradiction of technological and scientific development under capitalism:
—“Radio, Science, Technology, and Society,” March 1926
As scientific socialists, our defense of science is ultimately linked to the fight for world proletarian revolution. Socialist society will accept with gratitude the heritage of scientific knowledge and build on it in order to achieve the communist goal of eliminating scarcity and want.