Monday, November 24, 2014

Marxist Receives Writing Award (It's not what you think)

Over at, David Gordon reports in:

Obfuscation Unlimited

  • Roy Bhaskar
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
The philosophy of Roy Bhaskar, who died November 19, would ordinarily hold little interest for readers of the Mises Blog. Bhaskar was a Marxist, who in his later years veered off toward a fuzzy spirituality. It is worth taking note of him, though, because he was an extreme example of a besetting sin of the contemporary academic world. His prose style made him unreadable; and one of his sentences was selected by the journal Philosophy and Literature as the winner of its 1996 Bad Writing Contest. This was the winning sentence:
Indeed dialectical critical realism may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal — of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-Humean-Kantian paradigm, of foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of the will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psycho-somatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence, and its close ally, the epistemic fallacy with its ontic dual; of the analytic problematic laid down by Plato, which Hegel served only to replicate in his actualist monovalent analytic reinstatement in transfigurative reconciling dialectical connection, while in his hubristic claims for absolute idealism he inaugurated the Comtean, Kierkegaardian and Nietzschean eclipses of reason, replicating the fundaments of positivism through its transmutation route to the superidealism of a Baudrillard.
The above originally appeared at

RW note: This brings to mind Murray Rothbard's observation that clear thinking brings about clear writing and that muddled thinking brings about muddled writing.


  1. Ah yes....brings back found memories reading those neo-Marxist nitwits back in my college days. I think I'm going to sue the University of Wisconsin for brain damage.

  2. I really thought that quote was a joke at first until I "googled" it.

    Also, I normally avoid criticizing people's arguments based on their looks as it's an ad hominem fallacy(aside from generally being in poor taste if it's not a roast), but God help me, I might have to make an exception this time.

  3. He's just an anthropomorphic Markov chain.