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Jim Hightower: What Essential Social Program Will the Trump Mob Try to Kill Next? | Alternet

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: Jim Hightower: What Essential Social Program Will the Trump Mob Try to Kill Next? | Alternet

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it was always broken…?//Robert Reich: American Society Is Fundamentally Broken

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-american-society-fundamentally-broken

This perspective is apt, but of course we have different ‘tendencies’ here, we must ‘hastle’ this POV: Mr. Reich has a place in a society he wants to reform. But I don’t have such a place and don’t have fifty years to wait for change. I am an umemployed student of greek who spent fifty years trying to find a decent job, and never found one. I have no place in the system as it, was unwelcome everywhere I went, and thus don’t have a country. I have immense skills that could have done dozens of jobs, but was exiled from all of it. The message was ‘drop dead’. I can only return the charge.

To my gaze the US is beyond repair as a system that was corrupt from the start and is now a state derelict with a drug mafia hidden in a government run by covert agencies, imperialists, wall street war profiteers. The whole of american history is a tale of sheer piggery and faux democracy.
I will not be excessive with Reich and give his view a ‘lateral endorsement’ with my own thinking in parallel: we must multitask a slew of parallels. But the sentiments expressed here don’t account for the lost fifty years of neo-liberal regression. By what probability will that tide reverse? And I doubt I can call Reich a friend. I am low class riffraff no doubt about to lose foodstamps to trummpery. That’s one way in the game so I should stop short of indignation: let’s hope the next twenty years can show a turn around, and an ecological adjunct text here…

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The eonic effect as a basis for action

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/23/why-does-everyone-have-trouble-with-the-eonic-effect-from-the-preface-to-a-new-edition-of-whee/

I have often recommended a postmarxist platform based on the eonic effect (with or without the eonic model) because it doesn’t require a theory to use it, and can be made the empirical foundation for a set of studies, whether economic or not. Much of Marx is useful, of course, but often better as a set of questions: instead of calling class struggle the engine of history, a dubious claim, one can simply look at class relationships at different epochs. [Read more →]

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Why does everyone have trouble with the ‘eonic effect’? from the preface to a new edition of WHEE

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

The question is not hard to answer: noone has enough historical information in the right form: beyond specialist study as a balanced study of all regions and eras of the last ten thousand years. But real effect is only visible since the invention of writing:

    The eonic effect then is a kind of epochal progression of age periods showing a complex set of transitions:
    Sumer, Egypt in the centuries before 3000 BCE
    The so-called Axial transitions in Greece, Israel/Persia, India, China in the early first millennium
    The onset of the modern world after 1500

That’s it, a rigorous definition of an empirical dataset that upon examination shows a remarkable non-random pattern. The interpretion of this is another matter…

From the Preface to a new edition of World History and the Eonic Effect. [Read more →]

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Books, stack libraries and the new world of POD/Kindle

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/23/radical-theory-and-academia-a-thorny-relationship/
I must consider myself fortunate to have evaded academia. As a classics major I soon realized I had no PHD track in the vanishing world of classics scholars. I was thus ejected into the capitalist public sphere with no real career, another ironic, if ambiguous, advantage. But in the 1990’s when the discovery of the eonic effect energized my decision to write a book I discovered a great asset, worth more than the title ‘millionaire’, stack rights to a world class library for a graduate of Columbia: I spent five years roaming those stacks reading thousands of scholarly books, the real core of academic raison d’etre. Just at the end around 1999 the first POD companies began to materialize and I was able to publish the result, a unique study of world history, one that could never have arisen in an academic context. But those libraries remain a goldmine. That’s the real value of academia and one might hope these libraries can find a new realization in the public domain, after the failure of the Google project. World History and the Eonic Effect is a generation ahead of the stumblebums academic darwinists, and doesn’t even address the issue of genetics.
I have often been struck by the inability of the academic community to figure out the problems with darwinian theory. Confronting that juggernaut of mind control has left me downright paranoid about academia, as with the wall of silence and total ostracism from academics who can’t communicate with peasants outside the system. This morass of enforced error is appalling.
But a similar charge can be laid against the stale and stalled marxist tradition: in many ways Marx browbeat the whole left into dogmatic allegiance to his theories. They need to be reworked.

The world of books is changing rapidly, the first POD companies now replaced with outfits like Lightening Source or now even Amazon able to create a book from your PDF. Beside Kindle. The world of Kindle has transformed the book and it is interesting to ‘roam’ the Amazon book database to note the near flood tide of 99 cent books on all subjects. That’s a problem in itself, of course. But the issue of what is a book is evolving in a stupor of mutant bibliotics (neologism alert?).

The issue of ‘radical theory’ is a kind of deadletter, referring to poststructuralism and the postmodern moment. I might well be wrong, but it seems in retrospect a flash in the pan. Perhaps like the sufi stop exercise it stopped a certain dogmatic momentum in its tracks. But the future of the stop is a return to the original tasks: the question of modernity seen in a new light. There is no postmodern age, and whether there is a poststructuralism depends on what the original might have meant. The whole gesture might resurface in a new critical form…

As for self-published books, their reputation as beyond the pale is passing away. If noone in academia could have written World History and the Eonic Effect the point is established…

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The issue of degrowth compounds the evolution/revolution dilemma…china’s capitalism

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/23/china-cant-save-capitalism-from-environmental-destruction/

Given China’s huge contribution to global warming and the heavy pollution it suffers from, such statements are welcome. But does this truly mean that China will now become a country that puts the environment first and, perhaps, save capitalism from its excesses? That is very unlikely, given Beijing’s integration into the world capitalist system and the dynamics of capitalism, in which all incentives are for more growth — a system that requires growth.

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http://darwiniana.com/?s=R48G+revolution

I think it is quite realistic to consider a ‘revolutionary’ option to the developing social, ecological and political crisis: willy-nilly the system will default to attempts to seize the future and we see that already underway on the right: so the choice is revolution from the right…or the left. [Read more →]

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Multitasking the universal/working class

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Red Forty-eight Group: universal versus working class…
January 24th, 2017 ·
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The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

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Source: The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

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latest…

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http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/22/beyond-the-evolutionary-revolutionary-divide/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/22/some-posts-on-post-xtianity/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/22/the-damage-done-by-darwinism/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/22/can-xtianity-survive-billy-graham/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/21/billy-graham/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/21/from-the-archives-classical-music-as-a-classic-example-of-a-perfectly-timed-eonic-effect/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/21/pinker-adorno-music/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/21/posts-on-pinkers-enlightenment-now/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/21/alan-woods-repeats-every-cliche-of-marxism-past/ [Read more →]

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last year…

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2017/05/02/r48g-neo-communism-and-the-hyparchic-future/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/05/02/r48g-the-failure-of-dialectical-materialism-and-the-consideration-of-neo-samkhya-the-deadringer-obvious-solution-to-the-muddle-of-multiverse-theory/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/05/02/debriefing-santana-dharma-and-a-discussion-of-bennetts-space-time-eternity-hyparxis/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/05/01/r48g-the-hold-of-capitalist-hypnosis-and-the-failure-of-a-science-of-either-history-or-economics/

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Critical marxism?

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?preview=Two+Manifestos+version+2.pdf

R48G: we are out of time to revise marxism but must do so in any case: the eonic model in the background can replace the failed historical materialism. [Read more →]

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The Parkland teens will win. Eventually.

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: The Parkland teens will win. Eventually.

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recent posts/archive

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Jacob Grimmer (attr) Ruine in Waldlandschaft
Link log 2013/4/5/6/7
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Most of this archive has been moved to the Pages section: visible in the sidebar: linklog 13/…./17
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http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/11/falling-between-two-stools-religious-and-secular-confusion-over-history/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/11/take-out-a-piece-of-paper-a-blueprint-for-a-postcapitalist-system/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/11/collapse-of-judeo-xtianity/
http://darwiniana.com/2018/02/11/does-the-sanders-gambit-has-a-realizable-future/ [Read more →]

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Language could not have evolved in a Darwinian social world | Uncommon Descent

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: Language could not have evolved in a Darwinian social world | Uncommon Descent

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Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans — ScienceDaily

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Source: Neanderthals were artistic like modern humans — ScienceDaily

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US and Allies Look to Military Intervention in Venezuela

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: US and Allies Look to Military Intervention in Venezuela

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Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story

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[Marxism] Outside It Is Already Winter: Two New Books on Stalinist Terror

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: [Marxism] Outside It Is Already Winter: Two New Books on Stalinist Terror

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#ArmMeWith: Teachers Lead Opposition to Trump’s Plan to Give Educators Guns

February 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Source: #ArmMeWith: Teachers Lead Opposition to Trump’s Plan to Give Educators Guns

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The insufferable stupidity of cable news, left or right…day after day of mindless chatter, silence on the climate catastrophe…

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

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Beyond the evolutionary/revolutionary divide…

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

Below is an archived post from last year.
Let’s restate the point in a new way: our distinctions of evolutionary/revolutionary have (deliberately) created a division in thought bridged by our idea of ‘virtual revolution’. But at this point one suspects that if an evolutionary path is taken up it will sooner or later confront the coming collapse of this form of civilization and hopefully be ready for its revolutionary moment.
The point is to challenge the marxist monopoly here (much of it remains useful) and not let it confuse the issue the way it did in the bolshevik era wasting an immense opportunity.
This is not a point of compromise or a social democracy cop out but a genuine constitutional re-foundation with a more sensible approach to socialist/communist economies that can embrace elements of planning, markets in a Commons, and a dash of anarchism…

Two Manifestos
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archive: Red Forty-eight Group: need for a new brand of revolutionary movement
July 16th, 2017 · [Read more →]

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Trump damps out the climate crisis debate?

February 22nd, 2018 · 1 Comment

The trump presidency seems to have disastrously damped the climate debate which seems to have climaxed just before the ‘idiot’ took office…
We need to remind ourselves, as we watch cable with no discussion of the question, that we could be witnessing the coming collapse of this form of civilization, on the assumption we survive at all.
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R48G: we cannot stand by and watch the death of millions as the result of our idiotic economic activities
July 17th, 2017 · [Read more →]

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Some posts on ‘post-xtianity’…

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2017/06/24/archive-the-left-as-a-refuge-for-christian-refugees-in-search-of-an-exit-strategy-from-a-dying-religion/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/06/24/archive-toward-a-new-reformation-the-exit-path-from-axial-era-christianity-toward-a-revolutionary-munzerian-christian-communism/

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The damage done by darwinism…

February 22nd, 2018 · No Comments

Our discussion of pinker this week is a reminder of the damage done by darwinism and the way it produces wrong understanding in academic (and public) circles…

archive: the arrival of the postdarwinist period
December 13th, 2016 ·

We have pursued a critique of darwinism here for years with a consistent ostracism and boycott. Now the tide is turning and a vindication moment is here. Mazur points to continued resistance but the cat is out of the bag (and Wolfe’s recent book also helped here). Not that there was anything hard about being a Darwin skeptic. And that’s Darwin skeptic, not evolution skeptic, a distinction long muddled to keep the public confused. On both sides. [Read more →]

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