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Entries from November 2017

The ‘story’ of the eonic effect, a meta-metanarrative?

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

This influence is crystallized most clearly in Smucker’s argument that the “historical task” of progressive movements “has more to do with ‘telling a good story’ than it does with ‘speaking the truth,’” and that the central front in the battle for power is “essentially a contest over popular meanings and common sense.”

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Trick question: was the Reformation religious or secular?

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/10/martin-luther-reformation-religion Our question (previous post), why does the left always lose?, is reflected in this interesting bit on the Reformation. We have commented already on the elusive character of the Reformation: it includes not only Luther but Thomas Munzer. It is apt to consider this dialectic at the beginning: a bourgeois (Luther a bourgeois?) and […]

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Why does the Left almost always lose? Gramscian musings…

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/11/hegemony-how-to-gramsci-organizing Why does the Left almost always lose? Why, despite the obvious failures of the prevailing order, do we remain weak and marginal when we should be moving from one victory to the next? Our take on leftist legacies seems to have been little more than a snapshot of Marx/Engels in the 1840’s (starting with […]

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November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2017/11/28/r48g-the-revolutionary-path/ http://darwiniana.com/2017/11/28/r48g-the-distinction-of-utopian-versus-scientific-socialism-seems-dated-now/

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New historical perspectives

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

The companion volume to Toward a New Communist Manifesto (which I might make into an appendix of that work) is an attempt to ground a postmarxist legacy in a new view of history and evolution. Historical materialism is one of the obstacles to the possibility of a new leftist communism/socialism because it proposes a theory […]

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Red forty-eight group texts, resources…

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Books: (all pdf’s available as Kindle books/Amazon) Last and First Men Out of Revolution The Crisis of Modernity Point of No Return Toward a New Communist Manifesto Democratic Market Neo-Communism Posts/essays: http://darwiniana.com/?s=red+forty-eight+group+fortyeight+R48G: The Red Forty-eight Group http://darwiniana.com/?s=market+neo-communism+communism: Market Neo-Communism This is a good day to summarize some of the resources here and to review some […]

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Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

http://portside.org/2017-11-28/capitalism-not-only-choice

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The Tax Bill Battle Shows the Left Needs a “Single Payer of Fiscal Policy”

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20717/tax-bill-fiscal-policy-GOP-left-single-payer

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Earth Tipping Elements: New Kid on the Block

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

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Human evolution: Does compassion set humans apart?

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/human-evolution-does-compassion-set-humans-apart/

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Proof of Evolution? Birds of Prey Avoid Extinction by Growing Longer Beaks in Just 10 Years

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

http://www.newsweek.com/proof-evolution-birds-prey-avoid-extinction-growing-longer-beaks-just-10-years-723904

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As climate warms, mice morph

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171127135818.htm

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Monetary Imperialism

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/29/monetary-imperialism/

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[Marxism] The Military Coup in Zimbabwe and the Role of Chinese Imperialism

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

http://www.marxmail.org/msg148340.html

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Paul Krugman: The GOP Is Running the Biggest Tax Scam in History

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/paul-krugman-gop-attempting-biggest-tax-scam-history

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R48G: the distinction of ‘utopian’ versus ‘scientific’ socialism seems dated now…

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

In crafting historical materialism Marx generated his classic distinction of utopian versus scientific socialism. But if we find the theory of historical materialism collapses as not particularly scientific or accurate we are left with the larger categorical of utopian socialism. If we find the term ‘utopian’ unsuitable on its own terms we should move to […]

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A sobering reflection on abolition

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Our historical moment resembles the period before the Civil War when the issue of slavery still hadn’t quite produced the resolve to full abolition. As we examine our own situation we see a similar state of ambivalence and a reluctance to face what the future requires, and the means to get there.

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The confusions of theory

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

A consideration of string theory suggests even physicists are having a problem with ‘theory’. The question of history stands in the same queue as a field of mystery. The question of a science of history remains unsolved, and for a number of very good reasons.

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R48G: the revolutionary path?

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

R48G: the dialectic of revolution October 9th, 2017 · No Comments http://darwiniana.com/?s=R48G+revolution https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?preview=The+Crisis+of+Modernity_ver6.pdf: https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?preview=Two+Manifestos+version+2.pdf We have made a number of dialectical feints back and forth between evolutionary and revolutionary perspectives but overall our task here seems to be advocating from the sidelines the discipline of truly revolutionary activism. The sidelines is not really OK, but […]

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Self-destruction for profit

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Our stance on ‘democratic market neo-communism’ is both nationalistic yet presuming an ‘international’ as the creation of a global commons beyond the nation state: the US can lead the way through a transmutation of its global empire into a socialist community of nations/regions… In the past as in the present, the fossil capitalism that is […]

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R4G: …why everyone gets history wrong…

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

There seems little chance of converting the left to a view of the eonic effect. In fact, we don’t need to. Instead what we need is a way to show how most historical theories don’t work.

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The puzzle of capitalist ideology…abandoning MSM…

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

https://www.alternet.org/right-wing/koch-brothers-buy-time Time in its heyday was a sort of canary in the coal mine on climate, devoting cover stories and special issues to the matter long before such coverage was considered standard fare. More recently, as Republican leaders have come to regard climate change as fake science, Time’s commitment has slipped. Under the Kochs’ influence, […]

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From electoral democracy to a constitutional Commons

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

https://www.alternet.org/local-peace-economy/perilous-time-promising-movement We have tried to suggest that ‘democracy’ is more than the electoral version: it is a system that has a constitutional communism based in a Commons that can guarantee basic economic and politcal rights.

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November 28th, 2017 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2017/11/27/why-is-the-left-a-feckless-field-of-idiocy-without-a-revolutionary-option-you-have-no-evolutionary-option/ http://darwiniana.com/2017/11/24/streeks-how-will-capitalism-end/ http://darwiniana.com/2017/11/24/the-whole-of-bolshevism-was-a-wasted-opportunity-and-part-of-the-problem-was-the-wrong-analysis-of-marxism/

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