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  • in reply to: Dumbing down. #216110
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    “The traditional view of an educated, historically aware working class must then be abandoned, to be replaced with a different scenario: some kind of spontaneous explosion whereby the historically ignorant become united through necessity, not knowledge.”

    I think that’s what they call “communisation” these days..

    in reply to: WSPUS and Transgender #216035
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    Cuddling is now considered a form of sex.

    I’m not sure who told you that, but I think they may have been trying to fob you off!

    in reply to: WSPUS and Transgender #216022
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    competitive and serious? Not just play and fun?

    I’m sure those who engage in “competitive and serious” sport get something out of it because it is competitive and serious that they wouldn’t if it was not. As to if people in the future would choose to organise sport in this way or not – I don’t really care!

    in reply to: WSPUS and Transgender #216009
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    Why shouldn’t sports be unisex?

    I don’t think anyone has a problem with people choosing to form unisex sporting leagues.

    Some people have a problem with trans-women being admitted into women leagues in that it goes against the point of wanting such leagues in the first place. I.e to compensate for the fact that people born male tend to be taller, heavier and have a higher muscle mass etc.

    in reply to: WSPUS and Transgender #215944
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    can’t we all just take a neutral stance?

    Depends who you mean by “we all”. I’m not sure if the socialist party needs to take a position one way or another. But there are seemingly insoluble conflicts of interest here, I don’t think everyone will ever agree.

    What jars me off is the “we are morally correct and if you disagree you are a fascist” brigade.

    in reply to: Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill #215888
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    Is this the same group as was active in the 1990s in various attempts to stop motorways and by-passes being built (all of which failed)? We even debated with them.

    No. That group doesn’t exist anymore and hasn’t for a long time. This new group is called reclaim *these* streeets.

    in reply to: “Woke” #215839
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    Such as?

    Well “Woke” for starters!

    in reply to: “Woke” #215821
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    I’d be careful about uncritically using smear terms used by the alt-right.

    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #215300
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    how do you explain the ubiquity of the meaningless crap that characterizes popular music today?
    Maybe this one should go in the old people moaning about the young thread

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    in reply to: Kronstadt Uprising centenary events, #215110
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    in reply to: Kronstadt Uprising centenary events, #215082
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    Young people? Getting into a debate with them is definitely a step too far!

    On the subject of anniversaries, It’s 150 years since the Paris Commune this year too. Lots of events happening over the spring. Not sure if travel will be allowed by then though…

    in reply to: Kronstadt Uprising centenary events, #215053
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    If anyone hasn’t seen it there was a decent Russian documentary made on the uprising a few years back:

    It’s also on YouTube but the subtitles are only available on auto-translate mode, so a bit sketchy.

    in reply to: Kronstadt Uprising centenary events, #215052
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    Actually, maybe there’s more of a link between Kronstadt and “gender identity” than random comments from Mr KAZ. This is the type of thing that happens in one of the forts these days:

    in reply to: WSPUS and Transgender #215010
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    Jordan I agree with you on your comments in #214983 and #214986

    this idea of there being some “inner you” is completely incompatible with marxism at the moment.

    I’m not sure I know precisely what you mean here. You think that because Marx talked about historical materialism that means that we can’t talk about mental states, intentions, agency etc?

    When people say they feel extreme discomfort in their own body and “feel like” a member of the opposite sex they are trying to communicate something. You think we should just tell them they’re talking nonsense?

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    in reply to: WSPUS and Transgender #215009
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    if you want to communicate with a word, it needs to have a definition which isn’t curcular, and it has to be falsifiable.

    None of those are criteria for successful communication. Falsifiability has nothing to do with definitions, it’s to do with the validity of scientific theories according to Popperian philosophy of science, and the avoidance of circularity is to do with the validity of arguments.

    To successfully communicate people have to have access to a bunch of shared meanings, and these meanings of these words is determined by the group of people that are using them. Or that is what Wittgenstein says…

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