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Red Fortyeight Group: epigenetics and the debriefing of social darwinist distortions of population genetics

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LFM_review_copy_selections.pdf

Perhaps the greatest argument for the transition to communism, in fact the framework of Last and First Men starting with its title, is the deterioration under social darwinist ideology, and more than ideology: facts on the ground, of the general population as a whole subjected to both ideological molding and also to unknown and insidious physiological effects. In an age of epigenetics we have to wonder what a hard core subjection to processes well symbolized by the Ayn Rand demonic is having on the mental and physical state of defenseless populations.
Last and First Men is a discussion of communism, new communism, rubric-communism under definition, and also a related discussion of evolutionary theories and ideologies and a challenge to darwinism and its core social darwinist implications. The marxist left has become entangled with darwinism, and it needs to rapidly debrief the whole legacy of darwinian theory.
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_2_4.htm: the way in which the idea of natural selection, absent in animal realms, becomes an object of deliberation in modern man’s cognition, and this is a fallacy. We cannot induce natural selection to induce evolution. The exact sequence involved in hominid speciation is ultra complex and most probably cannot be induced by piecemeal changes. We are in the presence of an unknown. The ‘last and first men’ need to come to an equilibrium from social darwinist deterioration and wait upon a deeper understanding toward the self-evolution of the first after the last men, or the last men after the first hominids.

Meanwhile the marxist cadre is a gang of hopeless klutz’s on evolutionary theory: a full debriefing of these darwin mugs is on the agenda asap!

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Red Fortyeight Group: evolutionary theories, social darwnism and the first/last men

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/LFM_review_copy_selections.pdf

Perhaps the greatest argument for the transition to communism, in fact the framework of Last and First Men starting with its title, is the deterioration under social darwinist ideology, and more than ideology: facts on the ground, of the general population as a whole subjected to both ideological molding and also to unknown and insidious physiological effects. In an age of epigenetics we have to wonder what a hard core subjection to processes well symbolized by the Ayn Rand demonic is having on the mental and physical state of defenseless populations.
Last and First Men is a discussion of communism, new communism, rubric-communism under definition, and also a related discussion of evolutionary theories and ideologies and a challenge to darwinism and its core social darwinist implications. The marxist left has become entangled with darwinism, and it needs to rapidly debrief the whole legacy of darwinian theory.
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_2_4.htm: the way in which the idea of natural selection, absent in animal realms, becomes an object of deliberation in modern man’s cognition, and this is a fallacy. We cannot induce natural selection to induce evolution. The exact sequence involved in hominid speciation is ultra complex and most probably be induced by piecemeal changes. We are in the prescence of an unknown. The ‘last and first men’ need to come to an equilibrium from social darwinist deterioration and wait upon a deeper understanding toward the self-evolution of the first after the last men, or the last men after the first hominids.

Meanwhile the marxist cadre is a gang of hopeless klutz’s on evolutionary theory: a full debriefing of these darwin mugs is on the agenda asap!

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The Coming Financial Crisis

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

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The Coming Financial Crisis: A Harbinger of World Renewal?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/23/coming-financial-crisis-harbinger-world-renewal

As the prospect of global financial crisis beckons once again, will our elected leaders finally accept the need for an entirely new economic approach that breaks away from the primacy of growth and profit – or will their hand be forced by a resurgence of mass public protest?

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The First International: 150 years on

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.marxist.com/the-first-international-150-years-on.htm

The confusion of the current left lies in the inability to focus on a working class. The solution in general is easy: the working class for the american system is on another continent: the chinese ‘industrial colony’ fulfills the definition, but the result here is that even a working class consumer in the US is an exploiter with his iPhone, …

A solution proposed in Last and First Men is to refound the issue in a Universal Class in which the proletariat is a core representative but not the exclusive member of the revolutionary ‘public’. At this point, the champions of revolution would as well spring from a wide variety of class situations, and the Universal Class can appeal to all of these in separate but related discourses. The Universal Class is better because it does not pit the proletariat against everyone else and creates an exist strategy for persons of all classes to be ‘born again’ as members in a united endclass. Engels is a good example: he was a capitalist who made his exit to the idea at least of a Universal Class.
The old formulation made everyone with a stake in revolution but were not ‘proletarian’ outcasts of a kind in the minds of the champions of the proletariat. Such groups can have fatally compromised ideological mentalities, but it has not been really true that the proletariat would be free of ideology.
There are an awful lot of people who are somehow excluded from activism by the original focus on the proletariat. The Universal Class is the better solution, one that can re-adapt to a new proletarian focus in the creation of global transnational parties and organizations.

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Sorry Republicans But Jesus Was a Marxist

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-arel/sorry-republicans-but-jes_b_5916564.html

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The Neo-Scramble for Africa

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http://inthesetimes.com/article/17244/obama_africa_summit

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The right’s ace in the hole…too many dead people…

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

keyword search leads to ‘NR’ articles, sorry, but useful fodder?
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390954/communism-kids-tim-cavanaugh
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378069/top-piketty-tim-cavanaugh
http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/benjamin-kunkel-marxist-novel-utopia-or-bust.html

https://www.jacobinmag.com/issue/paint-the-town-red/

The dreary reading of the rightwing commentary on marxism is a bit stale, but the basic charge of killing too many people remains: how about some simple solutions:

communist social contracts,
communist defined rights against property rights sublimated into the Commons: habeas corpus, etc…
separation of powers: state jurisdiction/governance, economic bodies with independent powers, and powers of appeal as against…
etc..
Economies should not be controlled by government dictators but economic bodies mediated with popular consent/
Marxists have a built in ban against thinking in concrete terms, but that doesn’t work…

The transition to communism can be a strong-authority context with some robust democratic core liberties. But the problem is really in the minds of those who are conditioned to democracy as bourgeois democracy: a populist communism will come when the larger public sees communism properly defined in its self-interest.

Still a long way to go, but the first step is to cut the cord with doctrinaire marxism without getting into BS compromises: the core of marxism, its theories and dialectics apart, is the remorphable core…Aha, piecemeal communist social engineering, in honor of Karl Popper the once and future socialist…

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Finding mental ‘space’ beside ‘dialectical noise’ to think through practical issues

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.theguardian.com/books/live/2014/oct/06/slavoj-zizek-webchat-absolute-recoil

We have been critical of Zizek’s historical materialism but here he shows that dialectical materialism doesn’t really enter practical discussions of politics, culture and movements: we have to argue on points, and we have an interesting set of takes on issues.
I will venture a speculation, however, that ‘marxists’ have their heads so filled with the wrong theories and dialectical ‘thought clouds’ that they have little mental energy left for practical issues. And the derivation of anything is rendered problematical with the corruption of thinking created by false dialectical assumptions.

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Hedges & Wolin (2/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?

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What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition

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http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/189-more-blog-posts-from-glenn-greenwald/2197–what-democracy-really-means-in-us-and-new-york-times-jargon-latin-america-edition
By Glenn Greenwald. This article was first published on Firstlook.

One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of “democracy” in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country’s democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez. Rather than describe that coup as what it was by definition – a direct attack on democracy by a foreign power and domestic military which disliked the popularly elected president – the Times, in the most Orwellian fashion imaginable, literally celebrated the coup as a victory for democracy:

With yesterday’s resignation of President Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator. Mr. Chávez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona.

Thankfully, said the NYT, democracy in Venezuela was no longer in danger . . . because the democratically-elected leader was forcibly removed by the military and replaced by an unelected, pro-U.S. “business leader.” The Champions of Democracy at the NYT then demanded a ruler more to their liking: “Venezuela urgently needs a leader with a strong democratic mandate to clean up the mess, encourage entrepreneurial freedom and slim down and professionalize the bureaucracy.”

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Greenland 2014: Follow the Water

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

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UN Issues Statement on Human Rights Violations in Detroit

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[rad-green] Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26885-henry-giroux-on-the-rise-of-neoliberalism

Truthout | Interview 19 October 2014

Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism
By Michael Nevradakis
Henry Giroux discusses the increasingly negative impact of neoliberalism across the world, politically, socially, economically and in terms of education, and he offers some suggestions for what we must do now.
An interview with Henry Giroux:

Michael Nevradakis for Dialogics: Let’s begin with a discussion about some topics you’ve spoken and written extensively about … neoliberalism and what you have described as “casino capitalism.” How have these ideas taken hold politically and intellectually across the world in recent years?

Henry Giroux: I think since the 1970s it’s been the predominant ideology, certainly in Western Europe and North America. As is well known, it raised havoc in Latin America, especially in Argentina and Chile and other states. It first gained momentum in Chile as a result of the Chicago Boys. Milton Friedman and that group went down there and basically used the Pinochet regime as a type of petri dish to produce a whole series of policies. But I think if we look at this very specifically, we’re talking about a lot of things.

We’re talking about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state organized around privatization, free trade, and deregulation; the celebration of self interests over social needs; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy coupled with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship. But even more than that, it upholds the notion that the market serves as a model for structuring all social relations: not just the economy, but the governing of all of social life.

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Link log 2014

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

(This log goes back to mid 2013. The sidebar page/linklog goes back further: http://darwiniana.com/link-log-recent-posts/)

http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/21/munzerian-xtians/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/21/are-klein-and-brand-idiot-fronts-for-a-jewish-supramacism-on-the-left/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/21/brand-and-klein-on-revolution/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/21/mr-silverman-show-me-the-hard-proof-genomic-spreadsheets-your-jewish-mother-wasnt-a-kazarian/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/21/something-is-cuckoo-in-the-land-of-old-testament-disneyland/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/21/huxleys-evolution-and-ethics/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/20/zizek-and-a-philosophical-foreign-language/
http://darwiniana.com/2014/10/20/129266/: dialectics to gallows humor [Read more →]

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[rad-green] How to Start a War and Lose An Empire

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40025.htm

How to Start a War and Lose An Empire

The Americans invaded Afghanistan because the Taleban would not relinquish Osama Bin Laden (who was a CIA operative) unless Americans produced evidence implicating him in 9/11—which did not exist. Americans invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein would not relinquish his weapons of mass destruction—which did not exist. They invaded Libya because Muammar Qaddafi would not relinquish official positions—which he did not hold. They were ready to invade Syria because Bashar al Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people—which he did not do. And now they imposed sanctions on Russia because Russia had destabilized and invaded Ukraine—which it did not do either. (The US did that.)

By Dimitry Orlov

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What You Need to Know About Ebola

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The Origin of Rosa Luxemburg’s Slogan ‘Socialism or Barbarism’

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The origin of Rosa Luxemburg’s slogan ‘socialism or barbarism’
Ian Angus
John Riddle, “Marxist Essays and Commentary”
October 21, 2014
– See more at: http://portside.org/2014-10-21/origin-rosa-luxemburgs-slogan-socialism-or-barbarism#sthash.3WKqeqdt.dpuf

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Genes Will Survive Even If Most Humans Do Not

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

https://richarddawkins.net/2014/10/genes-will-survive-even-if-most-humans-do-not/

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Biologist Michael Denton Revisits His Argument that Evolution Is a “Theory in Crisis”

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/10/biologist_micha090551.html

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Secrets of dinosaur ecology found in fragile amber

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Secrets of dinosaur ecology found in fragile amber
Date:
October 20, 2014
Source:
Geological Society of America
Summary:
Ryan McKellar’s research sounds like it was plucked from Jurassic Park: he studies pieces of amber found buried with dinosaur skeletons. But rather than re-creating dinosaurs, he uses the tiny pieces of fossilized tree resin to study the world in which the now-extinct behemoths lived. New techniques for investigating very tiny pieces of fragile amber buried in dinosaur bonebeds could close the gaps in knowledge about the ecology of the dinosaurs.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141020133910.htm

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Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history

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Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history
Date:
October 19, 2014
Source:
American Society of Human Genetics
Summary:
Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient hominids, and likely plays an important role in disease.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141019094611.htm

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The Forgotten Coup

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

How America and Britain Crushed the Government of Their “Ally” Australia
The Forgotten Coup
by JOHN PILGER

Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.

Australia briefly became an independent state during the Whitlam years, 1972-75. An American commentator wrote that no country had “reversed its posture in international affairs so totally without going through a domestic revolution”. Whitlam ended his nation’s colonial servility. He abolished Royal patronage, moved Australia towards the Non-Aligned Movement, supported “zones of peace” and opposed nuclear weapons testing.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/10/23/the-forgotten-coup-2/

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[Marxism] Review of Naomi Klein

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

via marxmail
Two new posts this week on http://johnriddell.wordpress.com

1. Naomi Klein: ‘Only mass social movements can save us’
A review of ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’ by Naomi Klein (Alfred A Knopf, 2014)

By John Riddell. Despite endless conferences, treaties and solemn promises, greenhouse
gas emissions have risen 61% since 1990, and the rate of increase is
accelerating. As Naomi Klein tells us in her new book, This Changes Everything, we are now experiencing an “early twenty-first century emissions explosion.”

The reason for this ominous failure, she shows, is that the
present capitalist profit system itself is incompatible with climate and
environmental stability. Our only hope is the rise of mass movements
with the combined goals of saving the environment and achieving social
justice…

For the full text: http://bit.ly/1sHLj2v

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