Thanksgiving Is Ruined
July 28, 2005
Why Mach? Why Avenarius?
What was the big deal about those two? And their "errors"?
In 1958, Kenneth Rexroth came up with the only convincing explanation I've ever seen for why Lenin bothered to amass his cribnotes in the British Museum & elsewhere for months to write the wakefulness-confounding Materialsm and Empirio-Criticism:
The best artists of the past fifteen years of darkness have found voice in jazz for the same reason that, in the years of terror after the 1905 revolution, the Russians wrote metaphysics:
the cops couldn't understand it.
Either that, or V.I. simply wanted a roundabout excuse to write in big letters the awesome and useful phrase "philosophical blockheads."