Analysis, Culture, Reviews

Analysis: FFX—Anchored in the Past

This analysis is speculative and grounded in a very technical consideration of concepts as well as an underlying theory of art from a Hegelian perspective. A rather lengthy analysis of the game's aesthetic unity as a whole through its individual elements. Contents: The Concept of FFX: Letting Go The Concept Through Individuals: Present, Past, Villains… Continue reading Analysis: FFX—Anchored in the Past

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Leftism, Practice

All That Is Actual Is Rational—The Left’s Practical Idealism

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

Leftism, Theory

Labor Is Valuable, But Value Is Not Labor

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

Theory

Surplus, Nature, & The Nature of Surplus-Value and Property

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

Leftism, Theory

Against Class Reductionism: Some Advice

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

Analysis, Culture, Reviews

FLCL: Medical Mechanica—Childish Adulthood

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