Einstein today

We should be on our guard not to overestimate science and scientific methods when it is a question of human problems; and we should not assume that experts are the only ones who have a right to express themselves on questions affecting the organization of society.

I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.

Above, two extracts from an article by Albert Einstein written in 1949. In this, you can enjoy the greatness of a complete thinker, gifted with the ability to decompose the complexity of the society and give back a consistent theory of it. What would be his analysis of our society/ies? Is it possible to re-think socialism nowadays, really inspired by solidarity among human beings? Where do we locate the Chinese model in this debate?


3 responses to “Einstein today

  1. If experts are not the only ones to determine the organisation of society, who are the planners of the planned economy?

    Therein lies the problem, for ideals of social organisation are rarely matched by the aspirations of the members of society. Fashion and taste, a desire for experimenting all gravitate away from social norms. The trick is to captivate creativity with responsibility.

    • Honestly, I see there is a conflict between creativity and responsibility. A creative mind usually is not a responsible mind, because responsibility in some way restrict people from being creative. In some occasion, responsibility is a frame that needs to be broke in order to reach creativity.

  2. And that’s why people have different roles in a project. A creative person cannot choose to be creative and responsible at the same time. He/She needs another creative mind to do that. :p

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