chapter  2
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Science and the Inhibition of Social Activity

The chronic ailment of doctrine has driven the sturdier Sorelians toward the standardized poles of political activity and expression. Sorel's career itself offered anticipatory evidence that syndical socialism could not support the weight of the theoretical burdens imposed upon it. It was unable to provide a meaningful solution to the individual-authority antinomy. It fostered psychological attitudes that invariably produced ambiguous and paradoxical results in politics and philosophy. Sorel was unable to end the abuse (even in theory) of political power that syndical socialism was supposed to eliminate. As Michels predicted, and as Sorel confessed, the anarchistsyndicalists fell to fighting amongst themselves. The socialist man of the Bourses seemed only to grotesquely reproduce the psychological ills of bourgeois society.