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Entries from June 2014

Ethical confusions….

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The failure of Bolshevism was in part due to the calamity of wrong reasoning, often ethical reasoning. We can defend the project of a future new communism with the simple statement that it would be easy to correct many of the mistakes made, to produce a more reasonable standard of revolutionary action. The First World […]

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Beyond philosophy to an empirical view of history

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Is there another approach to philosophy for the left? I have often proposed a new model of history that is also a critique of darwinism and which touches very briefly on the ‘philosophy of history’. There is a useful summary in Last and First Men, in the Appendix (read the first few pages, enough): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/Appendix_LFM.pdf […]

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Zizek’s wild goose chase through dialectical materialism

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Since we are on the raised eyebrows circuit for ‘philosophy’ on the left we may as well take on Zizek, and we confront his forthcoming book trying First Aid on dialectical materialism. We have chastised this subject many times here, and Last and First Men tries to shows the context of this subject strewn over […]

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Badiou and category theory

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2014/06/29/to-ows-dont-pit-me-against-zizekbadiou-i-will-reduce-them-to-toast/ http://darwiniana.com/2014/06/29/from-homological-algebra-to-badiou/ I know very little about Badiou, save his relation to Zizek. But the post at the OWS site, which I thought an attempt to bypass my perspective, drove me to investigate. It took me exactly one mouseclick to find the sawdust at the foundations of Badiou’s philosophical endeavors. The philosophy of Category theory? […]

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Six flaws in the case against three jailed al-Jazeera journalists

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/24/six-flaws-case-against-three-jailed-al-jazeera-journalists-greste-fahmy-mohamed The Guardian 24 June 2014 Six flaws in the case against three jailed al-Jazeera journalists During the trial of Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed the Guardian witnessed a litany of faults in prosecution Patrick Kingsley in Cairo Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been sentenced to between seven […]

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Waiting for the Arab Summer

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

RG mail http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175862/ TomDispatch June 29, 2014 Waiting for the Arab Summer Don’t for a second think that the Arab Spring is over, no matter the news from Libya, Egypt, Iraq, or elsewhere. By Juan Cole [Note for TomDispatch Readers: Today, this website spotlights a highly recommended new book by Juan Cole, The New Arabs: […]

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The Cooperative Economy

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

The Cooperative Economy Developing a democratically oriented alternative to capitalism can’t be done overnight. This work requires a different sense of time and a deep sense of commitment—the bargaining chips are decades of our lives. But the shifts are already happening in places like Cleveland and Boulder. What we’re seeing is the prehistory, possibly, of […]

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Mobtown and the Stirring of America’s Unions

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Labor in History: Mobtown and the Stirring of America’s Unions The six-week-long “Great Railroad Strike” involved an estimated 100,000 workers in more than a dozen states, and succeeded in paralyzing much of the nation’s transportation system. The strike was brutally crushed by state and federal troops with more than 100 dead and thousands injured. The […]

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Astronomers Discover a Potentially Habitable Nearby Super-Earth, Gliese 832 c

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Astronomers Discover a Potentially Habitable Nearby Super-Earth, Gliese 832 c

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“We’re all just meat puppets, right?”

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/neuroscience/were-all-just-meat-puppets-right/

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California scientists discover mouse-like mammal related to elephants

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://richarddawkins.net/2014/06/california-scientists-discover-mouse-like-mammal-related-to-elephants/

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Emperor penguin in peril

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Emperor penguin in peril: Climate change threatens dramatic declines http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140629142047.htm Scientists studying Emperor penguin populations across Antarctica finds the iconic animals in danger of dramatic declines by the end of the century due to climate change. Their study finds the Emperor penguin ‘fully deserving of endangered status due to climate change.’

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Hank Paulson Does Global Warming

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Dead Zones, Carbon Taxes and Plutocratic Shell Games Hank Paulson Does Global Warming by ROB URIE http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/30/hank-paulson-does-global-warming/ A recent editorial by former Goldman Sachs CEO and (George W.) Bush administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in the New York Times called attention to the issue of global warming. In the piece Mr. Paulson related global warming […]

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[Marxism] Reuters: Pope says communists are closet Christians

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

I wouldn’t “say that the communists have stolen our flag,” so much as they salvaged a flag long abandoned by the Church. But I suspect the translation here may lack something. “Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists […]

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The CIA’s ‘Zhivago’

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

NY Review of Books, July 10 2014 issue The CIA’s ‘Zhivago’ Michael Scammell The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée Pantheon, 352 pp., $26.95 Inside the Zhivago Storm: The Editorial Adventures of Pasternak’s Masterpiece by Paolo Mancosu Milan: Feltrinelli, 402 pp., €40.00 […]

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Our Inability To Deal With Climate Change Is Going to Kill the Penguins

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/06/climate-change-will-kill-emperor-penguins

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Why the Facebook Experiment Toying With Your Emotions Is So Terrifying

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Why the Facebook Experiment Toying With Your Emotions Is So Terrifying Their experiment made users feel better or worse through ’emotional contagion.’ http://www.alternet.org/culture/why-facebook-experiment-toying-your-emotions-so-terrifying

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America’s CEOs: In a Class All by Themselves

June 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Published on Monday, June 30, 2014 by Inequality.org America’s CEOs: In a Class All by Themselves Workers in the United States don’t make double what workers make in Japan or Switzerland. Why should U.S. CEOs routinely make double — and often much more — than Japanese and Swiss top execs? by Sam Pizzigati http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/30-3

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Unreasonable objections to critiques like LFM

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/Chapter_2_LFM.pdf: The end of this chapter has a long discussion of the ‘end of history’ confusion, and this is helpful toward debriefing Fukuyama’s thesis. The latter is one of the most spectacularly successful propaganda swindles of the last two centuries, albeit given its long prior discussion in Kojeve et al. The way in which this […]

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The ‘end’ of history and the pun on the terms

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1124-the-rebirth-of-history Best to be upbeat here: Badiou’s take on the ‘rebirth of history’ is a topical and elegant response to Fukuyama (he is cited in Chap 2 of LFM), but the idea assumes the ‘end of history’ is coherent, and if not, both ideas fail. The ‘end of history’ is an idea that LFM takes […]

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From homological algebra to Badiou….

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.amazon.com/Mathematics-Transcendental-being-there-Alain-Badiou/dp/1441189246/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404060218&sr=1-2&keywords=badiou I googled Badiou, then again at Amazon and was astonished to see something I did not know existed, a philosophy of Category theory. If I have right animal here this is some kind of mongrel descent of the original of Saunders and Maclane, the last topic I studied in my green years of the […]

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OWS and darwinism…

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

I had a similar experience with Descent of Man Revisited (see previous post): I sent the OWS over ten copies plus of the book, and these soon materialized at Amazon’s second hand market. Fine: but the failure to take a leftist movement into the postdarwinian zone is a mistake. It doesn’t seem like a mistake: […]

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To OWS: don’t pit me against Zizek/Badiou: I will reduce them to toast

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

http://occupywallst.org/article/peoples-justice/: This essay is not without interest, but after in the week that my Last and First Men: Capitalism, Communism, and the End of History comes out, citing Badiou and his ‘Rebirth of History’strikes me as non-coincidental. I could be wrong, but I doubt it. I get the message: the OWS doesn’t like me or […]

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10 Years Since Historic Legal Victory Protecting Rights of Guantanamo Detainees

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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