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  • in reply to: New Australien Government #229683
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    Surely you mean “Australian” government.

    The Juice Media’s satirical creation—the “Australien” government—issues “Honest Government Ads” on YouTube.

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    in reply to: “Socialism is Evil” #225604
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    Stopping Socialism — Justin Haskins and Donald Kendal

    Video 1.
    What is Socialism?
    [October 2020]

    Video 2.
    3 Unstoppable Arguments Against Socialism
    [July 2021]

    Video 2. Timestamps

    • 01:58 Socialism NEVER Works
    • 06:58 Scandinavian “Socialism”
    • 14:39 The Big Finish — Socialism is Evil
    in reply to: “Socialism is Evil” #225317
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    in reply to: “Socialism is Evil” #225315
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    Apparently he has argued with us over the web.

    He’s from The Henry Dearborn Institute for Liberty, “an association of pro-liberty professionals” and also a “research scholar” at a “leading free-market think tank”. In 2017, Newsmax TV named him one the nation’s “top 30 Republicans Under 30”.

    His moral case against socialism — as proclaimed in our Object and Declaration of Principles — is that common ownership and democratic control of the world’s means and instruments of production will allow a world majority to impose its democratic decision against the will, morality, conscience and individual rights of “minorities”.

    Here are his seven specific instances that “Socialism is Evil”.

    Socialism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    Socialism is evil because it forces socialists to commit the following “immoralities”.

    1. Meat — either ban killing animals or encourage (force) Hindus to kill cows, and Muslims and Jews to eat pork against “religious teaching”.
    2. Contraception and abortion — either force nuns to violate their “holy vows” or force feminists to violate their “secular beliefs”.
    3. Gambling — either criminalise gambling or force Mormons (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to act against their “conscience”.
    4. Alcohol — either go dry (and lose [state] revenue!) or force assorted Muslim, Protestant, Seventh Day Adventist sects to drop their prohibition.
    5. Arms — either support the right of “citizens to bear arms” or violate the individual liberty of [US] gun owners.
    6. Parenting — either violate the right of hard-line religious parents to instill “Christian, Jewish or Muslim” values into their kids” or push their kids into socially necessary jobs against their “unique desires and dreams”.
    7. Racism — “For Americans and Europeans, [socialism] should be a particularly troubling thought since they are far outnumbered by the rest of the world … Asia would alone have the power to decide how the world’s resources are used”.

    He is willing to lay down his (or a working-class proxy of his own) life to defend the “individual freedom” instilled in him by his “morality instilling” parents to protect his ruling class’s monopoly of the world’s means and instruments of production.

    The working class seeks no war between capitalists and their nations. The working class has no nation. It has a world to win!

    in reply to: Glasgow COP26 #224073
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    The Juice Media’s “Honest Government Ad” on Net Zero by 2050.

    in reply to: The Human Condition #223508
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    The first part.

    The basis. Humans have never reconciled their recently acquired (biological) consciousness with their anciently acquired (biological) instincts.

    The claim. Humans are psychologically “screwed” because our flexible consciousness has shamefully conceded to our inflexible instinct (since our instinct can’t concede anything) that we act ‘bad’ despite knowing ‘good’.

    The solution. Celebrate our consciousness, and we remove the biological impediment, the foundation of our psychological angst.

    Griffith’s associates (from Wikipedia). Charles Birch was a Templeton (religious prize) winner. The radio shock-jock Alan Jones and the concept of “shame” are irreconcilable.

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    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #216761
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    Capital, Vol 1, Afterword to the Second German Edition (1873)

    * * *

    1. Meine dialektische Methode [= dialectical method] ist der Grundlage [foundation, base] nach von der Hegelschen nicht nur verschieden [different] sondern ihr direktes Gegenteil [opposite]
    2. My [= Marx’s] dialectical method is fundamentally not just different from Hegel’s — it is its diametrical opposite.

    Conclusion. Hegel’s dialectic is Idealist. My dialectic is Materialist.

    * * *

    1. Für Hegel ist der Denkprozeß [thought process] den er sogar unter dem Namen Idee in ein selbständiges [standalone] Subjekt verwandelt [transforms], der Demiurg des wirklichen [the real], das nur seine äußere [outer] Erscheinung [appearance] bildet [forms].
    2. For Hegel, the process of thinking, which under the name of “the Idea” he even transforms into an independent subject, is the demiurge [= creator of the universe] of reality, which is merely its [= the Idea’s] phenomenal form of appearance.

    Conclusion. For Hegel: The Ideal is subject. The phenomenal world is the form of Appearance of the Ideal as Essence.

    * * *

    1. Bei mir ist umgekehrt [vice versa] das Ideelle nichts andres als das im Menschenkopf [human head] umgesetzte [realised, apprehended] und übersetzte [translated, interpreted] Materielle.
    2. With me, on the contrary, the Ideal [mind] is nothing other than the material [phenomenal world] grasped by the human mind, and translated into forms of thought.

    Conclusion. For me: The Ideal is nothing more than how we grasp the material world as process.

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    in reply to: Coronavirus #216477
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    alanjjohnstone wrote “Here is a video on its [Cuba’s] vaccine programme” …

    Lurking behind the France 24 video on Cuba’s Covid 29 vaccine program, i.e. the next video in the playlist, was France 24‘s video to mark the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune.

    Paris Commune — 150 years

    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #216410
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    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #216068
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    Thank you Matthew for inserting my photograph of the snake.

    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #216010
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    Tiger snake in poseTiger snake in pose

    Today our border collie met a tiger snake on the track, and instantly leapt over it without skipping a beat.

    Then ensued a Mexican standoff: human on one side, dog on the other, and snake in the middle.

    Bonnie had done for the snake what Hume did for Kant — she had roused it from its slumber.

    The tense situation…

    All three of us warily eyed the other, attentive to the slightest breakaway movement. Suddenly Bonnie, taking the initiative, sprang over the snake to my side, giving the semi-torpid reptile scant opportunity to strike. On a warmer day it might have been curtains for Bonnie.

    After securing her, I approached the snake, iPhone camera in hand, to photograph it. What a superb reptile it is. The camera’s colour science doesn’t do justice to the tiger snake’s yellow underbelly and olive stripes.

    On our return I reflected about how little time I would have had to get her to expert medical aid, while blaming myself all the while for stupidly risking her life late in a season when snakes were still likely to be active.

    Never, for a moment, did I doubt the objectivity of the Mexican standoff. (I think I also speak for the animals, within the constraints of their consciousnesses.). Its outcome depended critically upon my respecting the external world as being reliably objective. To have dismissed the external world’s phenomenal objectivity as myth — as lBird recommends — would have been academic folly!

    Now I have never [yet] been bitten by a snake, but I know what it’s like to be bitten by a venomous spider. In that instance the spider wasn’t a lethal funnel-web — a creature whose amazing fangs exceed a tiger snake’s!

    Yet, such are the evolutionary quirks of animal toxins that our cat was immune to funnel-web bites. It regularly killed them and brought them to adorn our doormat! Through another evolutionary quirk of animal toxins, unlike the bandicoot family that lived in our backyard, our Puss was not immune to the bush ticks that periodically paralysed him.

    If, as lBird insists, we created the natural world in a sense unmediated by a knowable external world, the question remains — how and why did we manage to ‘create’ such a wondrously complex natural world that compels us to take its objectivity seriously or else, in circumstances such as these, die in the denial?

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    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #215993
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    lBird — like the absolute moron he is — seriously asks “Who determines ‘Respect’, and how is it determined, according to you, twc?

    And thus we are commanded to vote upon …

    • who determines the meaning of Respect, with a capital ‘R’, and
    • who determines who gets Respect, with a capital ‘R’, and by implication,
    • who doesn’t get any.

    What a miserably cramped mind! What a husk of a human being! What a soulless world he looks forward to!

    lBird, we know you want to force Truth, with a capital ‘T’, upon us, but for your own helpless benefit, chew on this …

    Respect is involuntary. It is earned. It cannot be forced.

    Respect flowers in normal human beings, much as the young Marx said of love, …

      “If you love without evoking love in re­turn—that is, if your loving as loving does not produce reciprocal love; if through a living expression of yourself as a loving person you do not make yourself a beloved one, then your love is impotent — a misfortune.
    • Our presentmisfortune is lBird’s presence.
    • lBird’s misfortune is to lose every last skerrick of our Respect, with or without a capital ‘R’.
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    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #215956
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    lBird’s latest charm offensive…

    Anyone who refuses to sign up to his “democratic social productionism in science” must be a closet dictator.

    Never forget.

    On a previous charm offensive, lBird threatened to expose the SPGB as a closet dictatorship — a charming tactic, cognate to the psychological blackmail that “a true radical can’t possibly refuse to support the ‘democratic republic of <you-name-it>’.”

    * * *

    Given the circumstances, humans enthusiastically engage in collaborative activity.

    • Experimental research in physics and astronomy is allocated a time share on expensive experimental equipment. The resulting scientific papers regularly parade a vast tribe of specialist authors. Theoretical research in physics and mathematics also regularly proceeds by collaborative teamwork.
    • Volunteer science is an unsung social resource. It includes amateur astronomy, natural history, geology, mineralogy, palaeontological and archeological digs, specimen collection, preparation and cataloguing — often for no other recompense than the pleasure of personal achievement and contribution.

    * * *

    Here is a practical example of communal science in action. It is a collaboration between high-school students and mathematicians, attempting to replicate Isaac Newton’s 1665 computation of π to 16 digits precision, by the method outlined in post https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/forum/topic/gnostic-marxist/page/19/#post-215922

    Take note lBird that the community never resorts to ‘democratically electing the Truth’. Instead it holds, with Marx, that “man must prove the truth … in practice”.

    In this fun exercise, the community effort falls short of Isaac Newton’s achievement.

    lBird might gain some respect for Newton’s towering intellect. Likewise for the towering intellect of Marx (whose achievement we will one day be able to discuss rationally as we do Newton’s).

    Here’s the video… Communal science

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    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #215932
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    ALB: is there a footnote somewhere [in Marx’s mathematical manuscripts] saying he thought he was elaborating a democratic proletarian calculus or that he proposed that it should be put to the vote?

    No.

    Marx understood that he was working in the tradition of those mathematicians he refers to in his correspondence to Engels of 22/11/1882 (given in your marxists.org link) namely, Newton, Leibnitz, d’Alembert, Euler and Lagrange.

    The closest among them came to being a democrat must be Denis Diderot’s encyclopedia companion, Jean le Rond d’Alembert.

    No.

    Marx did not broadcast his manuscript to the world’s proletariat for universal ‘election of its Truth’.

    Rather he sent a copy of his mathematical manuscript ‘On the Concept of the Derived Function’ to

    1. Frederick Engels, whose reply of 21/11/1882 shows that Engels understood and appreciated Marx’s method — and that appreciation informed his eulogy at Marx’s graveside: that Marx made original discoveries even in mathematics.
    2. Sam Moore who, from the substance of Marx’s letter of 22/11/1882, dismissed Marx’s work or, as Marx says, rather Moore ‘pushed it aside’ [= ignored it]
    3. .

    * * *

    In passing, Marx’s first letter (in the marxists.org link) of 20/4/1865 flatly contradicts lBird’s ignorant hostility to Robert Owen.

    The occasion of this letter was Marx’s writing of Value, Price and Profit for the First International in reply to a “good old fellow, an old Owenist” Citizen Weston.

    The development of Marx’s political views was heavily influenced by Robert Owen, with his practical ‘materialist’ emphasis on providing kindergartens, crèches, education and upbringing for his workers — paternal, yes, but in capitalist terms a century ahead of his time — which is why Marx’s Thesis IV with its reference to “upbringing” (== “education” in German) is oblique critique and homage to Owen, a reference that Engels felt needed to be made explicit in the changed circumstances 40 years later.

    No.

    Sorry, Adam.

    I just can’t find any reference to ‘electing the Truth’.

    in reply to: Gnostic Marxist #215922
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    A practical refutation of everything that lBird pontificates, to his captive forum audience, about the natural and mathematical sciences in the name of Karl Marx!

    • That natural science adopts an ‘elite’ scientific method that none of its cultist practitioners can explain to the majority of us.
    • That mathematics is a pseudo language for a cabal of ‘elite’ scientists, adopted by physicists to obfuscate their esoteric mysteries and keep the majority of us in blind ignorance, as did the priests with medieval Latin.
    • That open questions in physical and mathematical sciences can be decided by the majority of us using general scientific knowledge alone through a world-wide mechanism of ‘electing the Truth’.

    (It is physically sickening for me to draw up this lBirdian catalogue of natural and mathematical scientific claims!)

    Here is the video … Newton changed the game — the discovery that changed π. π by the founder of physics

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