Liu Junning: Einstein, a typical example of fatal conceit

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There is only one way,

That is to build a socialist economy.

Under this economic system,

The means of production are owned by society itself,

and use them in a planned way.

A planned economy adapts production to the needs of society,

Whoever enables work has work,

and will guarantee the lives of every man, woman and child.

/Albert Einstein


Einstein, the best of the best science men

If those men with high IQ who are good at science and treat life and all things with the attitude of “we love science” are called science men, then Albert Einstein is undoubtedly the best among the best science men.

In the minds of many people, Einstein is the most intelligent and the most intelligent person in the world, symbolizing the unattainable peak of natural science. Indeed, Einstein was a Nobel Prize winner in physics, and his famous theory of relativity fundamentally changed the understanding of the physical world outside of us.

At the same time, Einstein also attempted to play the role of a public intellectual, expressing systematically high-profile and distinctive views on socio-political and institutional issues.

Many people believe that Einstein’s intelligence came from his unique brain, so that after his death, his brain was taken out for scientific research in an attempt to discover the mystery of his intelligence. This kind of research has really achieved a lot of “results” one after another.


Einstein’s E=mc2 is known as the most famous equation in the world

The problem is that when Einstein left the natural sciences and used his IQ to study political economy, his judgment was very questionable.

The famous economist Hayek found that with the great success of modern science, an illusion emerged: people increasingly worship the “reason” in themselves.

This illusion believes that, by virtue of human rational ability, ingenuity and advanced science, human beings have the ability to conduct comprehensive planning of all activities in society through the power of government, and that human beings can and should implement planned economy to replace the chaotic market In the economy, state-owned replaces private ownership, and good socialism replaces evil capitalism.

Hayek believed that such thoughts and attempts, no matter how noble, were based on a dangerous and deadly conceit. And Einstein is the poster child for this deadly conceit.

Einstein’s prominence in the natural sciences is well known. Less well-known, however, is that Einstein was also a relentless socialist.

In 1958, the American “Life” magazine selected Einstein as the main fellow traveler of communism in the United States. During his studies, Einstein considered himself a socialist. Shortly after Russia went red in 1917, he stated:

I respect Lenin because he was a man of complete self-sacrifice and wholeheartedly dedicated to social justice. People like Lenin are the defenders and re-creators of human conscience.

He later wrote in a letter: “The achievements of the Soviet system in the fields of education, public health, social welfare, and economics are undoubtedly great, and the people have benefited greatly from these achievements.”

As a socialist, Einstein never and made no secret of his position. He attacked the anarchy of production in the capitalist economy, resented class differences, advocated the establishment of a socialist economic system and a corresponding educational system, and demanded centralized control of wealth and ideology.

In 1949 he published a long article titled “Why Socialism?” in the Monthly Review, the most leftist publication in the United States. In it he wrote:

In my opinion, the economic anarchy in the capitalist society that exists today is the real source of this scourge. Under capitalism, production is for profit, not for use.

Unrestricted competition leads to a great waste of labor, and also leads to the depression of individual social consciousness. This destruction of the individual is, in my opinion, the greatest scourge of capitalism. I am convinced that there is only one way to eradicate these serious scourges, and that is to build a socialist economy, coupled with an educational system oriented towards social goals.

In such an economic system, the means of production are owned by the society itself and used in a planned way. The planned economy regulates production according to the needs of the society, it should distribute work to all who can work, and it should ensure that everyone, regardless of gender, age, or child, can live.

Such a point of view, if you don’t see where it is, would be taken from Marx’s “Das Kapital” or the Soviet Union’s “Textbook of Political Economy”. Listen to Einstein’s views on the Anglo-American democratic system again, as if copied from current Chinese university textbooks and the Global Times:

Private capital tends to be concentrated in the hands of a few… The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital, whose enormous power cannot be effectively controlled even by democratically organized states. Because members of the legislature are elected by political parties that are either largely funded by private capitalists or are otherwise influenced by them, they effectively isolate the electorate from the legislature. As a result, the representatives of the people do not, in fact, adequately protect the interests of the unprivileged part of the people. Furthermore, under current conditions, private capitalists must also directly or indirectly control the main sources of intelligence and knowledge (newspapers, radio stations, education). Therefore, it is extremely difficult for a citizen to draw objective conclusions and exercise his political rights rationally, and in most cases it is completely impossible.

Einstein had a hunch that readers would question his right to speak on these issues, and he made some clarifications at the beginning of the above article. He wrote: Is it appropriate that a person who is not a specialist in economic and social problems should have an opinion on the subject of socialism?

He believes this is entirely appropriate. He believed that economic and social issues could be examined from the viewpoint of scientific knowledge, and asserted that there was no difference between astronomy and economics, and the underlying principles and methodology were the same.

He thought that he was well versed in astronomy, and of course well versed in political economy. However, astronomy does not need to consider human nature, only the nature of stars. Economics does not need to consider star nature, but only human nature. All production activities and consumption behaviors are derived from human nature.

Transcript of Einstein’s admission to ETH

Einstein said that the political and economic system is tantamount to a clever brick maker talking about jewelry processing based on his own brick-making experience.

Einstein advocated the implementation of socialism and planned economy, which shows that he did not understand the process of price formation in the free market, the importance of price signals in the market, and the human impossibility of planned economy.

I have no doubts about Einstein’s ability to calculate, but I don’t believe he has the ability to calculate the incalculable. Einstein believed that a planned economy was feasible because the prices of commodities and human behavior could be calculated, predicted, and planned.

In the real world, the planned economy without exception brought widespread disasters and was eventually forced to give way to the market economy, which is the best test of Einstein’s judgment and voice. Einstein never understood that human nature is incalculable. In fact, contrary to his beliefs, a market economy is the best way to eliminate the evils of a planned economy.

Either Einstein was foolish enough to believe that a planned economy would work; he was hypocritical and he chose not to live under the socialist system he aspired to; perhaps he was both stupid and hypocritical.

If Einstein really believed what he said, he should have defected to the Soviet Union founded by Lenin, instead of settling in the United States full of capitalist sins, and he should have used his genius brain to help the Soviet Union calculate prices and plan its national economy.

Ordinary Western intellectuals have all kinds of illusions about the Soviet model, the planned economy, and socialism. This is understandable. And Einstein was known for his high IQ and supreme intelligence, so why did he lose his judgment completely, and even became complacent about his fatal ego?

The case of Einstein shows that the Athenian wisdom about science and logic and the Jerusalem wisdom about faith, human nature and morality are indeed two different kinds of wisdom, two different kinds of wisdom, regardless of the structure of the brain.