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How the climate march can stand out in a crowd of protests | Grist

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This week…

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http://darwiniana.com/2017/04/26/archive-from-universal-class-back-to-the-working-class/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/04/26/archive-the-left-and-darwinism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/04/26/archive-revolutionary-communism-as-a-demiurgic-projection-and-at-the-bottom-demiurgic-manifold-and-the-mystery-of-revolutionary-communism/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/04/26/archive-hyponomic-autonomic-and-hypernomic/
http://darwiniana.com/2017/04/26/archive-virtual-revolution/ [Read more →]

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archive: the american political system is a fake democracy…

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R48G: the american political system is a fake democracy controlled by political/capitalist gangsters…can it be reformed before climate calamity terminates the game?
February 20th, 2017 ·
As we suggested strongly yesterday (and before) the provocations of the american political system in general and the emerging additional confusion created by Trump is a mysterious ‘green light’ for ‘revolution’, especially given the context of climate change calamity underway. The problem is of course the extent of monopoly power by the US state, and the international aspect of the basic ‘problem’ requiring both a nationalistic and/or international action. Is the american system a democracy? No, it is a system controlled by gangsters…
If we are powerless we must at least produce a statement of what must be done and a blueprint for an alternative system. Clarity can produce action, and as a new consensus emerges then the question of evolution/revolution is resolved by the spontaneous emergence of ‘change’. We must at least be considering a true revolutionary option, and this will force the hard thinking needed to correct the dysfunctional politics of capitalism and democracy. Consensus is constantly frustrated by the confused semantics of democracy as a process, concept, ideal, and platform. Leftists have analyzed this problem ad infinitum but mostly have failed to communicate the dilemma (maybe that wasn’t true in the earlier period of the second internationale with its global cadres) and the result is teh constant demand for democracy without nuance: the problem is we already have a ‘democracy’, in quotation marks, so nothing needs to be done. Or if we do anything the result must be what it already is, democracy, in quotation marks.

A similar problem stalks the terms of economic reasoning, and here the ‘end of history’ argument has prevailed over the need for common sense applied to capitalism in action. It is patently false that ‘capitalism’ is the last word in economic systems. How did such nonsense ever become dominant? Actually, the idea was challenged before it even became explicit, viz. in the period of Adam Smith. The era of Thomas Munzer and the English Civil War shows that the problem was clear from the start.

Even Adam Smith is not so much of a problem. We could have applied his thinking and spared a lot of trouble. But more generally the obvious point lost in the clever forms of propaganda (which started with Adam Smith, of course) is that capitalism is simply a set of processes. They have no inherent legitimation. An economic system of any kind, but especially capitalism, must be subject to a higher authority, control process and ethical court of reason. And that is true irregardless of any shibboleths about regulation and the nature of free markets. If we allow fanaticism to overule this principle or allow complete idiots like Ayn Rand to pour dysethical gasoline on a fire the result in short order is, a system controlled by gangsters. There is no reason why a control system can’t also mediate issues of regulatory over-control. What else is new.

In a way the great insights of the Marx/Engels era didn’t succeed in producing quite the right mix. And we have to wonder if the progression to a russian context didn’t subtly confound the original socialist formulas. Certainly the Stalinist distortion should have been seen at once as a deviation from plan, so to speak, not communism at all.

In this context, americans have an opportunity to perform a world historical service by performing a true first: a transition revolutionary/evolutionary to an economic system done right, most probably along socialist/communist axiomatic lines.
The basic starting point is the lesson from exprerience that capitalism has corrupted an experiment in republics/’democracy’ and produced a ‘fake democracy’ controlled by capitalist gangsters. Can we estimate the chances of orderly reform? We can fritter away our chances in facile reformist measures. We could as easily fritter them away in phantom revolutionary projects. The way forward is not clear. And that is the reason perhaps that most revolutions have slipped into themselves almost serendipitously: witness the french and russian cases.

But we are now in a unique and deadly situation: to the tyranny of capitalist gangsters we must add the related corruption of government by covert agencies, a deep state, and a criminal mafia dosing wars, controlling drug rackets, and making militarism a capitalist politics of imperial false destinies (american exceptionalism, ye gods). On top of this we have an emerging climate catastrophe, with a gangster elite that has captured public action on the problem. This situation might demand kamikazis.

We must fight our way out of this somehow or watch the system pass into global oligarchic domination, the status of the american reign up in the air as its ’empire’ evaporates.

The most likely outcome, or so it seems at the moment, is climate catastrophe in a system where the left has failed to really produce a revolutionary ecological option. But the latter is not so hard to arrive at: it needs a clear statement, however hard this is for conventional leftists.

We have said enough for the moment: it is a simple issue: democracy promoted favors the capitalists. democracy critiqued promotes the stalinists. We must start over with a nuanced hybrid that can resolve a set of contradictions. (We have pulled one such rabbit out of a host: democratic market neo-communism).

So we have a peculiar situation: democracy is a corrupted term. communism is corrupted term (given its history). markets are systematically misanalyzed, corrupt terminology again. Electoral reform is probably impossible, revolutionary change possible but unlikely, and fraught with peril.

The solution/resolution of all this seems to be: disappear in chaos as the planet becomes toast.

We can change this system if we can restate a set of classic principles, extricate them from false democratic and false socialist thinking and generate a revolutionary change that can reset the system from scratch. If enough people can achieve clarity of thought it will happen almost spontaneously. But we can see that activist groups have lost clarity. The terminal nature of the crisis will likely remedy that in a hurry.
In any case, there are no active groups that one can see that can address the full spectrum of issues. We must start with that task, and the actual framework isn’t that hard to arrive at.

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archive: history and evolution

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secular/leftist/atheist/devangelic/theistic design arguments//History and Evolution
February 20th, 2017 ·
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archive: A dot.gov that would abolish its EPA in the midst of a climate catastrophe?

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A dot.gov that would abolish its EPA in the midst of a climate catastrophe?
February 19th, 2017 ·

It is surpasses belief that a country that put a man on the moon could end by censoring its space agency’s climate research and threatening to close it Environmental Protection Agency at a time of escalating climate calamity.

In the face of such stupidity you get one last warning after which the rebs open fire and don’t quit until you are overthrown…

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archive: Deep state? who were the 9/11 perps?

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Deep state? who were the 9/11 perps? //What Is the Deep State? | The Nation
February 19th, 2017 ·
This analysis is useful enough but misses the desperate point that a ‘deep state’ (more in the sense of Peter Dale Scott) is suspected but unknown to us. The current liberal and/or radical left cannot seem to get its act together over issues of the JFK assassination and/or the 9/11 conspiracy. Until we can understand such histories the issue of the ‘deep state’ remains an unknown but to some extent palpable concept. [Read more →]

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archive: history, evolution, revolution and the once and future modernity

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R48G: history, evolution, revolution and the once and future modernity
February 16th, 2017 ·

http://history-and-evolution.com

We have reposted material from yesterday below the cutoff. At a time of leftist discombobulation it is important to get one’s bearings with a simple and practical version of historical dynamism that can animate a postmarxist generation. Our eonic model can do that but it is perhaps too strange at first to be taken seriously.
We have already dealt with that in our various manifestos, along with Crisis of Modernity and Out of Revolution. [Read more →]

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archive: the eonic effect

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The eonic effect, its model and deductions…
February 13th, 2017

The idea of an historical dynamic, what to say of a critique of darwinism, is very controversial with historians, but I think you should defy conventional thinking here and consider the macro model. And there are several forms of ‘deduction’ that can strongly suggest this approach. The first is the evolution to history deduction: history must emerge from evolution, but it can’t emerge all at once but must show a transition between the two. But the same is true of each such transition and the result is a series of such transitions. Presto world history shows that effect. Another deduction is based on the idea of free agency: a system evolving freedom can’t overdetermine agency since it would block all freedom, but that system can’t underdetermine free agency because it would not evolve freedom. Presto the evidence of history in our model clearly shows an alternation of different degrees of freedom of ‘free agency’. A third deduction is a kind of ‘kantian antinomuy’ of teleological judgment: world history shows/does not show a teleological effect. The result might/must correspond to the antinomy and show both possibilities: presto, once again our data shows the effect: an intermittent model shows a balance of directionality and free agency….
Standard thinking simply assumes history can show no structure or dynamic. But the question can go either way: even a short survey or world history can show how the dilemma avalanches toward diretionality. Our deduction says this will be an intermittent effect. Presto, the evidence is there…
Consider, why do we speak of the ‘middle ages’, or ‘modernity’ or, etc…We already sense the ‘eonic’ or intermittent effect in our general view of history…

The model and its match to the evidence can and should be open to challenge, but the match to many secondary properties (and the three above are only a few) greatly increase the odds that the model and its dynamic are onto something…

The term ‘deduction’ is like the Kantian usage (maybe), not a logical proof but close to that as a justification for a certain line of reasoning…(in Kant the term ‘deduction’ is a legal term or metaphor).

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Donald Trump’s tax plan would turn the whole U.S. into Kansas.

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The Story of Climate Change (April 2017) – YouTube

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Why Do Politicians Ignore Environmental Issues?

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Breaking science news: humans in North America 130,000 years ago? « Why Evolution Is True

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Source: Breaking science news: humans in North America 130,000 years ago? « Why Evolution Is True

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Science Magazine: Australopithecus sediba “Ousted from the Human Family” | Evolution News

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Source: Science Magazine: Australopithecus sediba “Ousted from the Human Family” | Evolution News

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Futurism: Science should be wary of exploring links between minds and quantum phenomena | Uncommon Descent

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The evolution of dog breeds now mapped — ScienceDaily

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Triggering artificial photosynthesis to clean air: Process produces energy at the same time — ScienceDaily

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Source: Triggering artificial photosynthesis to clean air: Process produces energy at the same time — ScienceDaily

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Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

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[Marxism] Can China Replace the West?

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Trump’s Tax Plan Could Cost Government $6 Trillion | Alternet

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Because It’s Time for ‘New, Radical Ideas,’ TED Talk on Universal Basic Income Gets Thunderous Applause | Common Dreams

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100,000 & Counting For People’s Climate March On Washington On April 29 | CleanTechnica

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…or nightmare in the end? Trump’s unconscious attempt to destroy american democracy //Trump’s Tax Plan Looks Like a Plutocrat’s Dream – The New Yorker

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When Trump got elected we noted the way he seemed to be self-destructive, crypto-fascist, and unconsciously attempt to undermine american democracy…His tax plan is a form of lunacy and could precipitate deficit catastrophe/

Source: Trump’s Tax Plan Looks Like a Plutocrat’s Dream – The New Yorker

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The Anthropocene and the Coming of Postcapitalism version 8

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The Anthropocene and the Coming of Postcapitalism version 8

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archive: from universal class back to the working class…

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R48G: from universal class back to the working class…
February 9th, 2017 ·

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/how-democratic-socialists-are-building-on-bernies-momentum-w465452 : Democratic Socialists for America.

The DSA is grist for our mill, and yet we should also from a distance attempt to ply our slightly different version of socialist platforming: we have two manifestos, a comprehensive social plan for a neo-communism, a clear multitasking of revolutionary/evolutionary paths, and an emphasis of the current crisis of climate change with a slightly different version of the working class issue. The DSA shows a flexibility often absent in dogmatic socialist groups so we should try to inject our thinking into their mix in an open and intelligently dialectical fashion. The question of the working class confronts the stark future of automation, universal basic income hopes, and economies that no longer need a working class. [Read more →]

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