The clincher was that the rare times I felt like I really understand certain thinkers and philosophies on a 2014 investment company fact book level, it’s rarely been the primary sources that did it for me, even when I’d read them. It’s only after hearing a bunch of different people attack the same idea from different angles that I’ve gotten the gist of it. And I don’t know if this is an artifact of Singer or a genuine insight into Marx, but as far as I can tell he’s even worse than I thought.
I’d always heard that Marx was long on condemnations of capitalism and short on blueprints for communism, and the couple of Marx’s works I read in college confirmed he really didn’t talk about that very much. It seemed like a pretty big gap. But I’d always dismissed this as an excusable error. I fancied myself a great inventor. I had invented interstellar travel at age seven. It always confused me that adults, who presumably should be pretty smart, had failed to do this. What’s your excuse, New Age community?