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Dialectics Precede and Are Primary Over Materialism

Dialectics Precede and Are Primary Over Materialism

By Dennis Loo (12-11-17)

I have mentioned this before, and proceeded on that basis, but I am now making two points about this topic that I have not made previously so explicitly: dialectics make materialism possible, and are overall therefore more important than materialism, though materialism (in the philosophical, not commonsense meaning) is nevertheless indispensable; I shall be soon making a point here about different levels (e.g., individuals and the systems they are part of) and their relationship to each other. But first, the first point.

Matter in motion (materialism) does not predate dialectics, and here is why: you can only know of the existence of matter in motion, and even before consciousness, there must be a way of distinguishing different, contrasting things, always, because otherwise existence itself is impossible without it. Perhaps a better way of saying this is that there must have always been dialectics and existence and any other state is utterly impossible. Even if there was at one point a Big Bang, there had to have been something before that. Why do I say that?

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To Trump Supporters (and Those Who Aren't)

To Trump Supporters (and Those Who Aren’t)

By Dennis Loo (10/18/17)

I address this to Trump supporters but I am under no illusion that most of them will read this. It is too long for their taste anyway. Others, however, who no longer support Trump, or never supported him, will read me and when they get into discussions, or try to, with Trump loyalists, it is to them that I am mainly speaking. Because sooner or later, these questions come up and it is worth discussing them here and better understanding where we are and what future – if he doesn’t get us into a nuclear war first – is possible.

A further note – there is a lot of very important and novel arguments made here. Take your time and savor this.

In talking to those who still support Trump, one of the things that stands out is their view of media's role. "Why," they say, "do most of the media wish for the president to fail? Why are they so critical of him?"

When Trump declared war on the media and called them very early on “an enemy of the American people” and “fake news,” that was sort of a clue.

In other words, the mainstream media have been in Trump’s sites to be targeted and blamed in the first place, so they never had a chance in his book unless they swallowed at face value everything Trump and his people threw their way, contradictory though they be. That is what Fox does.

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Action and Counter-Action

Action and Counter-Action

By Dennis Loo (10/9/17)

New material added about 10 am 10/10/17 PT

Trump believes that simply saying certain things and doing certain things will result in what he wants being done – but it’s not so simple. This is irrespective of any mental imbalance he might, and probably does, have.

I am going to talk about this as if he is completely in charge of his senses. I know that there are lots of reasons to think he is suffering from early dementia and various personality disorders, but what is more to the point, Trump is not alone in confounding saying and doing, and over-simplifying the reaction to that. And I am not just talking about his followers.

He believes, for example, that by declaring that “disrespect” for the flag, opposition to white supremacy, and hostility towards (or just suspicion of) law enforcement can be ended by fiat: such as during a pep rally when he speaks to loyalists, when he tweets it out, or when he signs an Executive Order.

He declares it so, so it is. Trump said that as soon as he became President, "safety will be restored."

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