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Oprah as POTUS?

Oprah as POTUS?

By Dennis Loo (1/11/18)

Reportedly, Oprah never considered a presidential run because she thought she didn't know enough until she saw Trump win. As someone who doesn't even understand business that well, just because Trump was elected does not mean any famous person ought to now run for office. Seal is right about Oprah. This isn't to say that an experienced person like Hillary is the direction we want to go. As I said at the end of my last article, Dialectics Precede ... Part 6, capitalism and imperialism are what threaten the planet's viability. We need an entirely new system where social needs supplant profit needs. And I don't mean social democracy.

Dialectics Precede ... Part 6

Dialectics Precede … Part 6 (Why God Does Not Exist and Why It's Materialist Dialectics, Not Dialectical Materialism)

By Dennis Loo (1/10/18)

There are several different threads that could be continued on the themes and topics so far in this series.

Since I concluded in Part 3 of this series that proof for some people will never suffice because their worldview is so radically different, I will just say one more thing about so-called proof(s) of god, and then move on to other matters. Proof of God’s non-existence will not satisfy some people after all – not so much because they can’t see the proof but because there are social reasons why they are believers.

St. Thomas Aquinas in the 1200’s offered up what he called five proofs of god. His proofs are as good as any since his time. The first – and, according to him, his strongest argument - of his proofs will suffice: No. 1, motion. Per Aquinas, we cannot have an infinite series; it must begin somewhere and that original mover is god. Some things undoubtedly move, though cannot cause their own motion. Since, as Thomas believed, there can be no infinite chain of causes of motion, there must be a First Mover not moved by anything else, and this is what everyone understands by God.”

This is like throwing up your hands when you encounter something you can't deal with. Why can we not have an infinity? Why is throwing up your hands his "best argument"? Admittedly, they hadn't yet discovered infinity in the 13th Century, let alone come to terms with it. There are many people still who can't wrap their heads around infinity. But what is more difficult to believe: an omniscient, omnipresent, disembodied Spirit or infinity? We know that infinity exists. We don't have any proof that a God exists. 

Contrary to St. Aquinas, there is no reason to reject out-of-hand as he does an infinite universe and every reason why the universe in some form must have always existed and be unbounded – even before the Big Bang - and thus does not have a beginning or a boundary beyond which it is not part of. A beginning and an end in fact make no sense. The only thing that makes sense is that the Universe is infinite and has always existed in some physical form.

Read more: Dialectics Precede ... Part 6

Dialectics Precede ... Part 5

Dialectics Precede … Part 5 (our decoding of Theses on Feuerbach Continues and Preview Why Dialectics Are Key Even As To Materialism)

By Dennis Loo (1/2/18)

Before I continue my exegesis of Marx’s 1888 germinal Theses on Feuerbach, a reminder: I am breaking with a tradition where the materialist part of materialist dialectics is emphasized and am stating unequivocally that dialectics are key between it and materialism. Both are important, but of the two, dialectics is more important overall then materialism. This has philosophical and real-world implications that I will shortly address.

But first, the rest of Theses:

Feuerbach wants sensuous objects, really distinct from the thought objects, but he does not conceive human activity itself as objective activity. Hence, in The Essence of Christianity, he regards the theoretical attitude as the only genuinely human attitude, while practice is conceived and fixed only in its dirty-judaical manifestation. Hence he does not grasp the significance of “revolutionary”, of “practical-critical”, activity.

Ludwig Feuerbach was a contemporary of Marx and he made a sensation when he argued that instead of God creating humankind, the reverse was true – humankind created god and religion. Feuerbach believed that knowing this would free humanity from religion’s hold. But as Marx points out, especially in the Fourth Thesis:

Feuerbach starts out from the fact of religious self-alienation, of the duplication of the world into a religious world and a secular one. His work consists in resolving the religious world into its secular basis.

But that the secular basis detaches itself from itself and establishes itself as an independent realm in the clouds can only be explained by the cleavages and self-contradictions within this secular basis. 

Read more: Dialectics Precede ... Part 5

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12