“Kantian Ethics and Socialism” by Harry van der Linden

Here is a link to a classic by van der Linden. It reviews the history of the Marburg school that produced a Kantian approach to socialism.
Because of Hegel, Marxists became enemies of all forms of idealism, a gross self-limiting confusion. Look at physics: it studies matter, but its mathematics is idealist.

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Repost with update: Market socialism and DMNC/calculation debate

Update: forgot to mention re: the calculation debate the revolution in planning software in capitalist orgs like Walmart and Amazon.

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/03/economic-planning-walmart-democracy-socialism

And the book cited: The People’s Republic of Walmart

This is of great importance, but we must be wary of leftist claims here. A centrally planned economy in a one party state is not likely to be able to really solve this problem using the new software, etc…  Our DMNC model would welcome this rebuttal, apparently, in the calculation debate. But an elite of marxists trying to plan economies isn’t going to be guaranteed to work: a lot of other things are needed. I have hundreds of Kindle books on computer, phone, and I forgot I already owned this book. Will try to update here with that text.

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Our reference to ‘socialist markets’ might be confused with the many attempts on the left to promote another brand also called market socialism. However, the definition (cf. Wikipedia) is in general vague and our usage is within range. The calculation debate arose with Mises who threw a monkey wrench into socialist thinking on social economics and its replacement of markets with planning. Although the left answered the challenge many times the debate, on the whole, was a grave liability on the left if only because most leftists in the range of Marxism never understood or ever knew of the debate. And, after all, the construction of the planned economy in Bolshevik Russia seemed to, in fact did, confirm the nature of the difficulty. Then a new development came into the discussion as the era of the computer suggested the possibility of computational software computing the immensely complex market dynamics that the Miseans gleefully warned was too stupendously complex for a bureaucracy of commie planners. Continue reading “Repost with update: Market socialism and DMNC/calculation debate”

Market socialism and DMNC/calculation debate

Update: forgot to mention re: the calculation debate the revolution in planning software in capitalist orgs like Walmart and Amazon.

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/03/economic-planning-walmart-democracy-socialism

And the book cited: The People’s Republic of Walmart

This is of great importance, but we must be wary of leftist claims here. A centrally planned economy in a one party state is not likely to be able to really solve this problem using the new software, etc…  Our DMNC model would welcome this rebuttal, apparently, in the calculation debate. But an elite of marxists trying to plan economies isn’t going to be guaranteed to work: a lot of other things are needed. I have hundreds of Kindle books on computer, phone, and I forgot I already owned this book. Will try to update here with that text.

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Our reference to ‘socialist markets’ might be confused with the many attempts on the left to promote another brand also called market socialism. However, the definition (cf. Wikipedia) is in general vague and our usage is within range. The calculation debate arose with Mises who threw a monkey wrench into socialist thinking on social economics and its replacement of markets with planning. Although the left answered the challenge many times the debate, on the whole, was a grave liability on the left if only because most leftists in the range of Marxism never understood or ever knew of the debate. And, after all, the construction of the planned economy in Bolshevik Russia seemed to, in fact did, confirm the nature of the difficulty. Then a new development came into the discussion as the era of the computer suggested the possibility of computational software computing the immensely complex market dynamics that the Miseans gleefully warned was too stupendously complex for a bureaucracy of commie planners. Continue reading “Market socialism and DMNC/calculation debate”

repost:/// the military salute is obsolete…// toward the liberation of the ‘soldier’.

 

The world of armies and soldiers is the last option/necessity for trying to create a new society. Such people come to dominate politics and official institutions and finally difficult horror stories. The Afghan story fails because it is dominated by manufactured morons who cannot grasp much as to democracy. And they used in something far from the patriotic war: they are fascist modules in capitalist wars of imperialism and genocide. Continue reading “repost:/// the military salute is obsolete…// toward the liberation of the ‘soldier’.”

We Need a Socialist Vision for Space Exploration

A socialist vision for space is a great idea but the problem is that the narrow vision of marxism would likely take over and degrade the idea to the level of Marx’s reductionist scientism, historical materialism, and purely economic categories. No idea of human will, soul, values and facts, or morality could enter (in fact Marxists are aware of the problems and don’t really believe in their own take, but the problem would surface).
The so-called left has no real vision for society beyond the sterile marxist capture of the idea.
But the basic point that capitalism in space is potentially pernicious is a good one, but post-marxists and other leftists need to reinvent the idea, without sentimental pseudo-leftism, but not in the crypto-Stalinist vein of the current left dominated by now archaic notions.

The billionaire space race has perverted what space exploration should really be about: serving society and advancing humanity.

Source: We Need a Socialist Vision for Space Exploration

‘The Big Scary “S” Word’: Documentary film viewers of the world, unite! 

As its popularity soars, socialism’s secret sauce is explored in this never pedantic, feel-good movie manifesto that will make you want to march out of the theater and own the means of production. The perfect film for Labor Day weekend is opening in Los Angeles.

Source: ‘The Big Scary “S” Word’: Documentary film viewers of the world, unite! – People’s World

Ed Asner Was a Proud Socialist in Hollywood | Portside

Legendary actor Ed Asner died on August 29 at the age of ninety-one, and I am grateful to have spent last Saturday with him before he passed. Ed had a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame, won five Golden Globes, and had more Primetime Emmy Awards than any other male actor in TV history. Yet the costar of the beloved Mary Tyler Moore Show played his greatest role off-screen and offstage, courageously challenging the Reagan regime’s blood-drenched Central America policy.

Source: Ed Asner Was a Proud Socialist in Hollywood | Portside