Bouncing Back Against the Corruption of Science in Capitalist Society
Part 2 of a 2-part series: The Role of Science in Capitalist Society and Social Change
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 01/05/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22143
Part two in a look at capitalism and the role of science, and the strong evidence that science can be on the side of social justice and social change.
With science helping capitalist class bend to horrible ends, it can still be used for positive human development. There has been a detailed analysis of humans and non-human animals and assertions that science and socialism easily intersect. This is not beyond the realm of belief, but are justified assertions.
Karl Marx himself was deeply interested in science, using it to argue that there is a rift between capitalist society and nature, with intense study of science by himself and his colleague Friedrich Engels to inform their socioeconomic theories. Furthermore, Marx used the concept of humans changing their internal nature as "societies interact with their external environment" so he could understand "the plight of workers at the dawn of industrial capitalism," which has also been used to talk about the social relations of space travel, among other topics. The interest of Marx in science is unquestionable. The study of natural sciences influenced his theorizing, even in the idea of social relations of production, a concept extrapolated from Marx's writings, with him not using those exact words, and even influencing the idea that humans need to study historical events and transformations to "discover our human nature."