Social Science Today

Social Science Today

ISSN: 2368-7169 (Print)    ISSN: 2368-7177 (Online)

Volume 1 (2014), No. 1, Pages 1-11

DOI: 10.12735/sst.v1i1p01

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Scientism and Social Engineering: Lessons Learned from the Collapse of Communism and the Western Response

David Ellerman1 

1Philosophy Department, University of California/Riverside, USA

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.12735/sst.v1i1p01

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Abstract

The collapse of communism was one of the momentous historical events of our time. Surely the experience with "scientific socialism" and communism during the 20¬th century provide major lessons for the future so that these mistakes will not be repeated. A useful analogy can even be drawn with the Renaissance as Europe emerged from the hegemony of the medieval Church. Yet I fear that some of the most important lessons about the problems of utopian social engineering have not been learned—as if the mistake in communism was using the sacred texts from the wrong church as opposed to the scientific blueprints based on modern economics (the texts of the right church). Future generations may end up repeating the mistakes based on the same flawed ideas dressed up in different clothing.

Keywords: collapse of communism, scientific socialism, social engineering, modern economics, renaissance as rebirth of autonomy

To Cite this Article: Ellerman, D. (2014). Scientism and social engineering: Lessons learned from the collapse of communism and the western response. Social Science Today, 1(1), 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.12735/sst.v1i1p01

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