Nineteenth-century science fostered a completely naïve picture of history by creating contempt in the popular mind … for more complicated factors than mechanistic, material ones - in a sense, Hitler took Darwinism, “the struggle for existence” and the “survival of the fittest”, too seriously, and by identifying history with nature he ignored the limits of blind force. That naïve outlook was overcome in Marx’s analysis, and all the errors of his successors may be due to their neglect of his intention.

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  1. Native Realm