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Speaking With Forked Tongues, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 27, 2023
Speaking With Forked Tongues: Crafting Linguistic Propaganda by Boiling, Freezing and Muddying Language To what extent does language determine a person's range of thinking? Can you think freely without language? In this article I argue that not only can you not think without language, but language in the form of propaganda can rigidify, distort or obscure thought by boiling, freezing or muddling language.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 21, 2023
The Slavophile Russian Cosmists: Reds, Scientists and Mystics In cross-cultural psychology the major world divisions are between the West & the East. But where does Russia fit in? As it turns out the answer is neither. The philosophy of Russia lacks both an empiricist & rationalist tradition. It also lacks a capitalist spirit or a transcendental religion. Instead its scientists are interdisciplinary, self-educated and inspired by cosmic evolution both on earth and on other planets.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2022
High Pagan Radicalism: Process Philosophy, Conflicted Multiplicity and Mythological Rebellion Why might the presence or absence of writing determine whether a culture is animist, polytheist or monotheist? Monotheistic religion and materialism are usually presented as opposites. But why might materialism have more in common with monotheism than paganism? High paganism is often confused wiith animism. Yet high paganism does not suggest that all of nature has mind or spirit.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 10, 2022
Multiple Economic Fractures in Mordor: David Harvey and the Contradictions of Capitalism The Marxian economist, Richard Wolff, jokingly said that Marxist economists have predicted eight of the last three capitalist economic crises. He meant that Marxists have, like Jeremiah, always been predicting the end of the capitalist world.They have underestimated the creativity of capitalists for getting out of crisis.But David Harvey writes that there are too many contradictions today for capitalism to stand.
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From Pagan Animism to Alienation: How Monotheism and Capitalism Create Disenchantment The stereotypes of pagans are that we are materialistic, overly sensual and have sacred presences that are carnal and undignified. According to the forces of Christian monotheism we are violent, racist and uncivilized. Find out why this is religious propaganda on the part of monotheists. Animism is a life-affirming process philosophy whose time has come.
Collapsing Centrist Politics, From Uploaded
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 21, 2022
Are Socialists Going to let Neoliberals Define Fascism? Why the Linear Political Spectrum is Bankrupt The linear political spectrum is bankrupt! Why is socialist China making alliances w/capitalist Russia & fundamentalist Saudi Arabia, rather than only North Korea and Venezuela? How can Social Democrats support imperialist US, not socialist China? Why do fundamentalist India & Brazil support Russia & China rather than being rabid anti-Communist? The linear political spectrum serves neoliberals and New Deal liberals.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 7, 2022
Weaving the Dialectical Spiral into Individual Development: From Robert Kegan to Lev Vygotsky Marxian materialist dialectics has been applied to nature (Engels' Dialectics of Nature) & into social evolution (Communist Manifesto, Capital). But what about over the lifespan of an individual? No psychologist before Robert Kegan has introduced the dialectical spiral as a way to make sense of childhood, adolescence & adult development. We will examine his work using the framework of the communist psychologist Lev Vygotsky.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Towards a Communist Theory of the Emotions: Why Your Emotions are Not Your Private Property The average Yankee thinks "What are you talking about? Emotions are emotions. They have nothing to do with the kind of economy you live under. Regardless of social class, the point in history we live in or the culture we come from, people have the same set of emotions They are our private experiences." Hear me out and find out why this Yankee is wrong.
What is Socio-historical Neopaganism or Neopagan Marxism?, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 28, 2022
What is Socio-historical Neopaganism or Neopagan Marxism? Most Marxists know next to nothing about Neopaganism - and they like it that way. Yet there is a movement called Atheopaganism every bit as materialistic as Marxism. Other kinds of polytheists, hard polytheists and soft polytheists, have a much to teach Marxists about non-superstitious use of ritual. Marx's criticism of religion was about monotheistic Christianity, not animism or polytheism. Neopagans of the world Unite!
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 30, 2022
The Spectrum of Fundamentalism: Evangelical Monotheist, Pagan, Scientific and Political In the West, fundamentalism is usually associated with religion. On the surface science would seem to be the exact opposite of religious fundamentalism. But can scientists talk about science in a fundamentalist way? Can neopagan goddess monotheists who believe there were once matriarchal societies act like fundamentalists? To what extent can Leninism be characterized as fundamentalism?
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 23, 2022
In the Crevasses Between Submission and Revolution Part II: Public and Hidden Transcripts of Resistance in Caste, Slave Learn about eight techniques rulers use to keep the oppressed from uniting. What are the avenues the lower classes use to overcome this atomization? Where do these hidden transcripts take place? Which members of the lower classes are the most reliable? What role do gossip, rumor, myths, folktales and Carnival play in preparing the ground for open insubordination?
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 25, 2022
In the Crevices Between Submission and Revolution: Disguised and Public Resistance in Caste, Slave, and Feudal Societies What are the material, social-psychological, and cultural conditions that make starting a revolution attractive to workers? Is it like a sudden conversion, or is it a gradual process? If it is gradual, what are the steps that are most likely to bring a revolution about? Read our latest article and find out.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 13, 2022
Aryan Right-Wing Mythology for the New Age: Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade and Joseph Campbell Among New Agers Jung Campbell & Eliade were hot stuff in Yankeedom in the late '70s and through the 1980s. These New Agers didn't know or care what their heroes' political affiliations were. They might be surprised by Jung's initial interest in the Nazis or Eliade's championing of the Romanian fascist Iron Guard. They might be amazed to know that Campbell threatened to fail his students...
The Social Anatomy and Dynamics of Power, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 2, 2022
The Social Anatomy and Dynamics of Power: Bases, Depth, Scope, and Dimensions What is the relationship between power, persuasion & control? Are they identical, completely separate or overlapping? Is all power intentional or can you exert power unintentionally? What is the relationship between power, wealth & prestige? Can you have wealth & prestige but not have power? Can you have power without wealth or prestige? Is power always over people or can you use power with people? Come sort this out with us.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 13, 2022
Letters from Moscow: Education, Health Care, Unions, and Political Parties Across the Class Divide What is the state of the unions in Russia? Are there any militant unions & if so, how big are they? How powerful is the Communist Party in Russia? What about social democratic parties? Are there any parties in particular that Yankeedom tries to influence? Does the cost of healthcare vary with social class? What are the costs of education across classes in Russia? Many of the answers from our comrade in Moscow may surprise you.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 28, 2022
Letters From Moscow Across the Class Divide: Impact of Sanctions, Homelessness, and Sports Fanaticism How are the four Russian social classes of Moscow dealing with the departure of Yankee businesses? How do rents and housing costs compare to Yankeedom? Are homeless people lining the city streets as in the states? The answers might surprise you. Read the latest letters from our comrade who lives in Moscow.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 23, 2022
Polytheism vs Monotheism: Building Bridges Between Polytheism and Atheism When atheists challenge religion they pick monotheism. The notion that there are are many gods and goddesses in polytheism has not been addressed by atheists. Monotheists like it that way since they appear to be the only religious game in town. However, polytheists have more in common with atheists than with monotheists, and have a stronger chance for collaboration with each other.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 17, 2022
How Different Classes in Russia Feel About Yankeedom, China and Europe: More Letters from Russia Much of the Yankee population think rich people are rich because they earned it. Do different Russian classes feel that way about their own "oligarchs"? Are there differences in classes as how they see Yankees? Are there differences among Russians in how they see the Chinese? How do different Russian social classes feel about Europe?
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 9, 2022
Tectonic Shifts in the World Economy: A World Systems Perspective Most mass-media depictions of the events of Ukraine follow a model that nations are autonomous and separate, instead of interdependent blocs. They are myopic and take no consideration of the long-haul evolution of the global capitalist system and its current turbulent movement from West to East.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2022
Economic Tectonic Shifts: Letters from Russia Letters from outside the prison of Mordor. In the West we don't have totalitarianism with one media source and one message. Instead we have five media sources and one message. Here is what a comrade of ours on the other side of Mordor has to say about the events in Russia and Ukraine.

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