All that is rational is actual, and all that is actual is rational. —Hegel, Philosphy of Right I'm going to borrow, at least to jump off, from Pinkard's great explanation of what this widely misunderstood phrase means according to Hegel. Now, I like Hegel and have another blog that just happens to be mostly about his… Continue reading All That Is Actual Is Rational—The Left’s Practical Idealism
Marx claims that labor is the source of all (economic) value, that value is labor and that its quantity is determined by socially necessary labor-time, and one hears Marxists parrot this claim endlessly. Part of it is because Marx said it, and part of it is because we're so ready to take Marx's word for it and… Continue reading Labor Is Valuable, But Value Is Not Labor
I can't say I was a big fan of the first movie, but watching this train wreck of a film makes the first seem like a masterpiece of metaphysical depth and subtlety. I watched the film and literally remember no names, so I won't use them. The characters, world, and story were uninspired, and according… Continue reading Blade Runner 2049: TFW NO GF
Perhaps one day I shall have thought sufficiently well and far enough to feel the confidence to write a kind of manifesto or theoretical plank list of just what I hope to see realized in the world. There were the days in which I was a hotheaded moral and abstract idealist who found it so… Continue reading Why I Left Marxism
Disclaimer: This essay does not present my personal views on property or value, nor is the concluding suggestion reflective of my own political stances. This was written in curiosity of what the basic thesis of exploitation and the claims on surplus lead to, and whether Marxists are being consistent with their end goals in making… Continue reading Surplus, Nature, & The Nature of Surplus-Value and Property
Review of Mao's work from a Hegelian dialectical perspective.
On the origin of value's fetishization & its objective power over real individuals.
A comment and response to a response made by Xexizy (also known and henceforth referred to as Muke) in reply to a comment on one of his videos focused on class and identity politics a long while ago here: https://twitter.com/xexizy11/status/844161769899806721 Identity politics is still a big issue among us, and the Left in general is… Continue reading Against Class Reductionism: Some Advice
FLCL is one of those shows I love for the sheer base aesthetics of it. Yeah, yeah. There is the whole puberty/growing up angle underlying the story, the sexual tensions and metaphors abound, and there are also all the references to otaku and general pop culture, and I can appreciate all that, but I originally… Continue reading FLCL: Medical Mechanica—Childish Adulthood
On how a culture of hiding the body turns it into a fantasy for desire.