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A New Form of Jim Crow: Ari Berman on the GOP’s Anti-Democratic Assault on Voting Rights 

The Republican-led House in Georgia has passed a sweeping bill to make it harder to vote, in a move aimed to prevent Democrats from winning future elections. The bill limits access to absentee ballots, limits weekend early voting hours and curbs ballot drop boxes, among other provisions. Across the U.S., Republican lawmakers have introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states aimed at restricting voting access. Ari Berman, author and reporter for Mother Jones, says Republicans are “breaking democracy” with their push to restrict voting.

Source: A New Form of Jim Crow: Ari Berman on the GOP’s Anti-Democratic Assault on Voting Rights | Portside

Why Big Pharma Shouldn’t Have Any Control Over COVID-19 Vaccines –

At a recent virtual gathering of parents and faculty at my children’s school, one parent who is a teacher and therefore eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine mentioned that she got her first Pfizer shot at a local pharmacy, and when she asked about a leftover dose that could be given to her husband rather More

Source: Why Big Pharma Shouldn’t Have Any Control Over COVID-19 Vaccines – CounterPunch.org

The eonic effect as the simplest model of ‘epochs’: a good exit path from marxist confusion over history.

Marx’s was a brilliant mind but he got stuck on the issue of historical laws and a science of history. His ‘stages of production’ theory posits a sequence of eras or epochs: feudalism, capitalism, and communism. But that doesn’t really work. He then erects a teleological theory on top of that, even as he denounces teleology. The whole structure is confused, as many have pointed out.
There is a simpler way: take the periodization of the ‘eonic model’: we find a very clear alternate:
Paleolithic/Neolithic
the era or epoch of Sumer/Egypt after ca. 3000 BCE
the era or epoch of classical antiquity, and the parallel cultural systems that make it up: Greece/Rome, Israel/Persia or Zoroastrian history, India, China (i.e. a Eurasian constellation)
the era or epoch of modernity, after 1800, with its early modern lead-up. The other two above have lead-ups.
This is perhaps the most natural periodization of world history. There is no dogma here, but this corresponds to a real dynamic of some kind.
This periodization in its second phase goes from the start of classical antiquity to modern times.
That much ofthis is decline and then medievalist has confused almost all parties until the 19th/20th centuries. Marx’s feudalism is thus simply one part of the classical world’s continuation, up to and until the rise of modernity. There is no epoch of capitalism. Capitalism was gestating already in the Stone age truck and barter of obsidian. The proto-capitalism of the first era after Sumer shows many premonitions of capitalism Continue reading “The eonic effect as the simplest model of ‘epochs’: a good exit path from marxist confusion over history.”

Marxist unity slate? beyond marxist boilerplate to a new socialist/neo-communist post-marxist framework

The left is stuck in a marxist mesmerized mindset. Marx’s overall formulation, few seem to realize, was flawed and has always contributed to leftist failures. By and large if you can ignore Marx’s theories and Engel’s dialectical materialism, you can use much of their work on an ad hoc basis. But as a comprehensive framework Marxism fails. Marxism leaves its adherents on a treadmill.
The point here is that DSA is almost out of the confusion but Marxists want to inject tired marxism.
We have a lot of stuff that can help here:
The Anthropocene and The Coming of Postcapitalism ver 12(1)PC_futures
PC_futuresTwo Manifestos

A new platform has to be fresh, break old habits, use better terminology, drop Marx’s useless historical theories, ditch historical materialism, stop the obsession over economic historicism, broaden its philosophies beyond the materialism/idealism debate, etc…

Basically, the issues are the transition to socialism, communism. How about new terms? neo-communism means you are not bound to bolshevism, and don’t defend it, etc..

The left never defines what it aims for. Socialism? Communism, what are those? Marxists are defenseless against the critique of bolshevism here. It is like a state of trance.
Declare with neo-communism you are doing something new and different.

Our idea of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ is a modeling tool that can enforce a discipline of bringing together democratic theory, the market debate, the planning debate, the private property issue, etc..That requires a lot of new material, several new legal systems, the mathematics of planning, exposes of neo-classical economics, etc…

You can’t just shout socialism anymore. You need to define a new system and offer a guarantee it won’t turn into Stalinism….

Source: The DSA should refound basic theory…marxism confuses everyone/thing it touches…[marxmail] Marxist Unity Slate proposal for DSA national political platform – 1848+: The End(s) of History

The DSA should refound basic theory…marxism confuses everyone/thing it touches…[marxmail] Marxist Unity Slate proposal for DSA national political platform

The DSA despite its limitations is a step closer to a new kind of left that has moved beyond marxism. The legacy of marxism is stalling theleft which needs to move on but move on in a way that is not some kind of dismal compromise.
In fact, there is no platform for the left at this point.
We have tried to point to a way forward:
make Marx/Egels figures in a sort of ‘heroic saga’ but insist on starting over. We suggested foundational neo-communism as expropriation but beyond that a hybrid neo-communism that is liberalism remorphed as communism.
The classic marxist stance failed because it could not provide a new system and ended up with ad hoc stalinism.
This is a long discussion. But turning DSA into another marxist cliche club is useless.

Source: [marxmail] Marxist Unity Slate proposal for DSA national political platform

Decoding World History

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This book will soon be finished, this can be the last free version.

The hold of Darwinism on the public is almost tragic, if not pathetic.
The statistical errors of natural selection were exposed long ago
but a kind of cabal of academics, Dawkins groupies, Wikipedia
and faux secularists have made it almost impossible to have a paradigm shift.

Darwinism with its social Darwinist core is so far off the mark as to be ridiculous.
The eonic effect points to something very different