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  1. sologdin

    What should be done... about climate change

    i suppose he'd deport the greenlanders as unlawful aliens in order to make room for casinos and golf courses and other trashy frivolities.
  2. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Wtf is wrong with you? hard out there for a pimp. protesters be attacking motorists. nazis are unfairly impugned. someone on the internet made aspic with octopus in a watermelon. cosmos at 6s and 7s now.
  3. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    Everything I needed to know about stopping for protesters blocking the road I learned from Reginald Denny. ...wut denny was attacked during a riot, rather?
  4. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    the idea that a country with 4.4% of the world’s population but uses up 20 or 25% of the world’s output got to that position by being a patsy on trade is just wrong. yes, his position is unwarranted, when considering both the texts of international conventions on commerce and US circumvention thereof with bilateral trade agreements. his thesis is further undermined, as you suggest, by the US running substantial balance of payments deficits continuously. it's more than seigniorage; michael hudson describes it as 'superimperialism,' the process of central bank hierarchization. it's all standard as part of US postwar planning, such as in kennan's 1948 memorandum PPS/23, which your percentages, supra, recall, to wit: emphasis added.
  5. sologdin

    To Tweet Or Not To Tweet? That Is The Question!

    goodreads is cool, the rest not so much.
  6. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    And today the market opens down nearly 500. What a strange few weeks. what is the correlation between changes in the valuation of securities and the president's pronouncements on twitter, on the one hand, and those same changes in valuation and the president's non-divested positions on the exchanges thereof, on the other?
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    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    mainly thinking of the prediction that eventually, the proletariat would seize control of the means of production and build an international post-capitalist society. It's true that several of the things he predicted did come to pass, but this was the grandest and most important of his predictions and not only did it not happen, but attempts to force the existence of such a society (i.e. Marxism-Leninism) either failed outright or resorted to a mostly capitalist economy. that main prediction, such as it is, is likely still pending. certainly there have been seizures of this sort. it was attempted through electoral means many times in the 20th century, and normally the left was defeated by the capitalists. chile in 1973 comes to mind easily--but also the post-WWII subversion of western european elections by the united states. this is why naked anarchist ideas may be insufficient--a strong state is likely necessary to protect the revolution from the reactionaries. we've had labor parties take control of various states without violent response, and those states have gone in a social democratic direction--not an abolition of capitalism, but certainly carrying class struggle in the leftward direction. the cosmopolitan world society is otherwise a political dream, doubtful that we can have expected it form up overnight--we have a long way to go. the processes described in the manifesto regarding globalization are only recently firming up, say. one thing though is classical marxism did not allow for or otherwise predict its own effect on the processes it sought to describe and influence except to suggest blithely that the bourgeoisie would fight--like, duh? i like the recitation in new left review regarding this sort of 'counterperformativity' in financial markets, figuratively a sort of heisenberg principle for history: (mackenzie, d. & bamford, a. 'counterperformativity.' NLR 113 (sep-oct 2018) at 99. (footnotes omitted).) am thinking that marxist descriptions of capitalism in the 19th century not only necessitated, as a counter-measure, a shift in the paradigm for economic descriptions of capitalism (from classical political economy to neoclassical marginalism) but also laid the groundwork for the ruling classes' position in the conflict against leftwing ideas--but not fascism, which is otherwise found grossly in manifesto language about "common ruin of the contending classes" and "enforced destruction of a mass of productive forces," and is not really, stalinist positions aside, a viable ruling class strategy in the class struggle, considering how it is too populist for wealth to tolerate and too motherfucking crazy for rational market calculation to assimilate. if the ruling class supports fascism, it only means that they feel very vulnerable and want to risk the common ruin of the contending classes that invariably results, hoping to survive the consequent apocalypse long enough to hit a reset button. Yes, it applies with equal force. They are not aiming for equality for everyone, they merely want more power and wealth for themselves even if this comes at the expense of people who are already worse off than they are. interesting. isn't however 'positive discrimination' on the basis of purported race or sex about universalizing market participation, i.e., to perfect liberalism's political dream of egalitarianism? to the extent that liberalism is ideologically individualistic, it may be considered a feature rather than a bug that each person seeks maximal market participation. i think the liberal theorist would reply that this is not a zero-sum situation wherein one person's increased access means a balanced diminishment elsewhere. that said, even if there is a diminishment, what liberal doctrine forestalls it, when liberal economics assumes competition, which metaphor plainly envisions 'losers'? i am assuming that the criticism here is not illiberal, i.e., that attempts by purported non-male persons or persons not white, say, to increase their market participation are illegitimate ab initio.
  8. sologdin

    Top 10

    the appropriate sublist would be 'top ten erotic epic fantasy serial novels,': dunno if rothfuss for sex ninjas & virgin training via faerie can be on there, or the fat pink masts and myrish swamps in martin. maybe lillith's brood for the radical alterity of the sex acts (which are reminiscent of the aliens in the gods themselves). RSB on the ground floor, of course, as an update of the chaste tolkien setting by merging it with de sade. malory states that we're in the 'lusty month of may,' but doesn't deliver anything remotely pornographic. i wish milton could be on this sublist; he has great descriptions of angels and demons and adam & eve, pre- and post-lapsarian.
  9. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    His predictions about the future didn't work out too well, but Marx was pretty good about spotting problems. "Intersectionality doctrine" is just one entry on the long list of tools used to keep the working and middle classes divided so that the people on top can stay on top. curious. i wonder which ones are considered good or not so good. some things in his near term were substantially correct, such as the US civil war and the likely effect of socialism in the russian empire--but those are specific ontic instances from history, rather than ontological abstractions about political economy, which, as a hegelian, he would've found more important and more real. the manifesto's decalogue seems to be plausible for the advanced states, though bound by 19th century ideas. i suppose therefore it matters little, the nature and extent of the predictions--one can't hold too tightly to a 19th century writer, but must look at the updates on the doctrine as history unfolds; otherwise, it is a prophetics, rather than scientific prediction. certainly the classical description of capitalist doctrine in the 19th century is worthwhile, as it broke classical political economy and made the bourgeois economists run with an entirely different set of philosophical assumptions. what objection however to intersectionality doctrine? it's fairly basic stuff, descending from dubois and feminist ideas. is the argument that in developing the thesis, they were deploying class bound false consciousness that enhanced the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie? that certainly applies to the specifically racist and xenophobic ideas of rightwing populists such as trump and other fascists--but does it apply with equal force and effect to the attempts by feminists and critical race theorists to end discrimination within liberal capitalism?
  10. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    the responsibility of management that's because the federal bureau of prisons is understaffed pursuant to the trump hiring freeze and related staffing dysfunction.
  11. sologdin

    What should be done... about climate change

    bunch of whiners who expect others to do all the work for them. wut
  12. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    don't get the class first stuff either it's an old left insistence, uninterested in intersectionality doctrine, rooted in a narrow interpretation classical marxism's thesis that the economic base determines in the last instance superstructures such as race, gender, and other ideologies.
  13. sologdin

    Jaqen H'hghar was someone.

    did he kill epstein, or what?
  14. sologdin

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    her being a neo Nazi isn’t shocking maybe. but not on the basis of reading far right propaganda. i've made a study of most of ayn rand's writings, the NSDAP, italian fascist writings, the history of french rightwingers, gobineau, slavic nationalists, hayek and 20th century 'libertarianism,' and so on--i have not been influenced by it in the slightest, except to be satisfied in how dreadful it all is. supposed strategy of socialists and fascists teaming up and in practice is normally just an attempt to clean up fascism. the left should be wary of complaints about liberalism from the right. key words in their complaints might be plutocratic, degenerate, decadent, effete, and so on--what follows will be a call for spiritual socialism, a redistribution of morale but not assets. certainly not unconstitutional totally. the constitution does not actually specify majority voting; it does state two-thirds for some things, but the absence of a quantity for other parliamentary business should permit the chambers to set their own thresholds--there's probably a hundred cases on this from the early days of the republic, but i am way too lazy to go look for them.
  15. sologdin

    Top 10

    this is a nearly impossible ask best therefore to canalize the consequent decalogues into respectable subgenres, for instance, the top ten erotic literature shall be the priapeia, the kama sutra, aretino's ragionamenti, rochester's sodom, cleland's memoirs of a woman of pleasure, de sade's 120 days of sodom, sacher-masoch's venus in furs, krafft-ebing's psychopathia sexualis, genet's lady of the flowers, ballard's crash,
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