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Forum: Philosophy 28th July 2014, 05:26
Replies: 7
Views: 141
Posted By Dean
Maybe, but you still need more info to be sure....

Maybe, but you still need more info to be sure. You don't know what "the self" means, i.e. to attack the self are you guilting someone into inaction such that they view their own works as synonymous...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 26th July 2014, 06:29
Replies: 180
Views: 3,984
Posted By Dean
The situation in Gaza is killing human life even...

The situation in Gaza is killing human life even when Israel is not actively bombing them. I don't need to go into the details including hospital needs, sewage in streets, targeted (unreported in...
Forum: Philosophy 26th July 2014, 06:11
Replies: 26
Views: 1,807
Posted By Dean
Rafiq is pretty accurate but I don't think he is...

Rafiq is pretty accurate but I don't think he is being cautious enough here. Anyone who takes the time to read ancient texts (as an example) can see that there is potential value there. To say as...
Forum: Philosophy 26th July 2014, 05:44
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By Dean
Kierkegaard is really on the fringes of...

Kierkegaard is really on the fringes of philosophy. He often implies ideas but rarely addresses them outright. To some extent this could be seen as a channeling of Hume - he adds his emotional...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 22nd July 2014, 18:30
Replies: 180
Views: 3,984
Posted By Dean
Because it is the armed struggle in particular...

Because it is the armed struggle in particular that is


their right under international law to resist occupation
specifically cited by both Hamas and Israel as leverage which can be used to...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 17th April 2014, 02:54
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By Dean
Actually, this is an opportunity to show that...

Actually, this is an opportunity to show that sex, and what is called sex work, is completely exploitative in capitalist society in such a way that wouldn't exist in a communist state of things.
...
Forum: Philosophy 17th April 2014, 01:54
Replies: 24
Views: 2,583
Posted By Dean
There have been so many crises in capitalism that...

There have been so many crises in capitalism that the regime has developed contingencies for. I don't see these as likely scenarios to doom capitalism or humanity for that matter. What is more likely...
Forum: Philosophy 19th November 2013, 13:57
Replies: 78
Views: 3,141
Posted By Dean
I'm a little surprised you didn't include more...

I'm a little surprised you didn't include more explicitly Marxist positions.

I have to admit that as I've aged, I've been a bit ambivalent about some certain labels (for instance, materialism and...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 14th August 2013, 23:44
Replies: 68
Views: 2,865
Posted By Dean
Yes, I've actually considered this as well. It is...

Yes, I've actually considered this as well. It is a common theme in consumer production to have a shorter life cycle when improvements are happening rapidly. This allows a stronger demand and...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 7th August 2013, 02:06
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By Dean
Most libertarians talk their points from a...

Most libertarians talk their points from a moralist or purist perspective. The notion isn't that the world is perfect, but that society will be better, or it is just, if nobody touches others' things...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 6th August 2013, 23:50
Replies: 68
Views: 2,865
Posted By Dean
If you're involved in an enterprise that is...

If you're involved in an enterprise that is helping to recycle old parts, I imagine your business will become much more busy in a situation of upheaval or reorganization on proletarian lines, for the...
Forum: Philosophy 9th May 2013, 16:04
Replies: 36
Views: 1,271
Posted By Dean
I don't think that there is really anything that...

I don't think that there is really anything that can not be expressed in words to some extent. HOWEVER, and this has been mentioned in various discussions which invariably bring up Wittgenstein, no...
Forum: Theory 18th April 2013, 18:00
Replies: 10
Views: 806
Posted By Dean
I don't think governments are only interested in...

I don't think governments are only interested in tax dollars. Graft goes far beyond that, and many of the most lucrative "free market" enterprises for the government are also the least taxed.

This...
Forum: Philosophy 4th April 2013, 19:37
Replies: 15
Views: 781
Posted By Dean
I think you are confusing rationality with a kind...

I think you are confusing rationality with a kind of extremist scientific engineering of society. The fact that you mention Huxley's brave new world is interesting - in his story, years are measured...
Forum: Philosophy 28th February 2013, 23:31
Replies: 113
Views: 4,410
Posted By Dean
The political application of violence is not some...

The political application of violence is not some simple metric you can paint black and white. What makes combatants worthy of violence inflicted on them, while non-combatants should enjoy complete...
Forum: Philosophy 21st February 2013, 19:00
Replies: 40
Views: 2,120
Posted By Dean
Google translate says this means: "Marches...

Google translate says this means: "Marches descend comrade?"

We have a dedicated Greek forum at RevLeft, otherwise, I recommend using http://translate.google.com if you would like to post in the...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 19th February 2013, 13:49
Replies: 46
Views: 1,498
Posted By Dean
Moved to OI. Please be aware that primitivists...

Moved to OI. Please be aware that primitivists are generally restricted here. As such, I'm moving this discussion to the Opposing Ideologies forum.

Primitivists are conceived of as those who...
Forum: Learning 19th February 2013, 13:46
Replies: 35
Views: 1,280
Posted By Dean
Moved to Learning.

Moved to Learning.
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 16th February 2013, 03:49
Replies: 78
Views: 3,640
Posted By Dean
I'm not sure that you have to. There are plenty...

I'm not sure that you have to. There are plenty of moral and philosophical arguments you can make one way or the other, but at the end of the day, as socialists or leftists, we have a totally...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 16th February 2013, 03:45
Replies: 94
Views: 3,139
Posted By Dean
vanukar, this a verbal warning for spam. This is...

vanukar, this a verbal warning for spam. This is not facebook - if everyone posted when they laughed, discussion would be buried. If you want to post "lol" or complaints about punctuation, be sure to...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 16th February 2013, 03:40
Replies: 78
Views: 3,640
Posted By Dean
Verbal warning for trolling.

Verbal warning for trolling.
Forum: Philosophy 11th February 2013, 13:49
Replies: 23
Views: 1,176
Posted By Dean
I dunno how orthodox Marxist my position is, but...

I dunno how orthodox Marxist my position is, but this is what I recently said on the topic:
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 5th February 2013, 21:45
Replies: 81
Views: 3,407
Posted By Dean
Right, not what I'm talking about. I'm sure you...

Right, not what I'm talking about. I'm sure you encounter moral reprehension every day in your life, and like me, I'm sure you see what few battles are worth fighting. Chomsky & Finkelstein are very...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 5th February 2013, 12:37
Replies: 81
Views: 3,407
Posted By Dean
This is precisely the problem. Polemicism is...

This is precisely the problem. Polemicism is intentionally divisive and destructive. I admire those like Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky because they look for real solutions, without needlessly...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 5th February 2013, 12:24
Replies: 164
Views: 3,523
Posted By Dean
Thread moved to OI because that's what it is. I'm...

Thread moved to OI because that's what it is. I'm not convinced yet that you are necessarily a reactionary, so I'll hold off on restriction.
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