Fate and Freedom (1)

"Any writer is at a disadvantage as compared with the composer of a symphony, for the musical composer can deal with several themes at once, while the writer can express only one idea at a time." -- Jerome Frank "All human...

The Theory of Relativity (2)

"Is motion relative? After some first thoughts you may be inclined to answer, 'Of course it is!' Imagine a train moving north at 100 kilometers per hour. On the train a man walks south at 4 kilometers per hour. In what direction is he moving and...

The Theory of Relativity (1)

"Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. The contemplation of this world beckoned...

Republicanism (2)

"It would be utopian to think that what happens in politics is a function of the normative ideas that circulate in and around the political world. The form that institutional policies assume, and the shape in which institutional patterns...

Marx and Mead (2)

"It has been suggested by many writers, though often for very different reasons, that the problems facing the development of the sociology of knowledge might be resolved through a synthesis of the insights of Karl Marx and the American social...

Republicanism (1)

"I argue for a social philosophy that is at once anti-collectivist and anti-atomist. The philosophy is anti-collectivist in rejecting the idea that individuals are the playthings of aggregate social forces; they are not numbers in a game of...

Unemployment: A Tragedy

Unemployment is a tragedy for those who are suddenly unemployed. Producers can be unemployed, not because they deserve unemployment, but only because they have been too productive, in some cases, while demand has been too restricted, too ...

Market Efficiency and Competitive Pressures

I equate market efficiency with competitive pressures. Is this an incorrect association? Is this an erroneous connection? There are those who will say that  the competitive pressures to drive rates of return are themselves one of the...

Humanist Marxism & Wittgenstein (1)

"The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism by weapons, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses." -- Karl Marx "What is the...

A Citizen's Right to Vote

Is there a constitutional right for citizens of the United States to vote in federal elections? Neal Boortz says that there is no constitutional right for American citizens to vote in federal elections.  Is Neal Boortz correct? The...

Stateless Society

A stateless society can be both libertarian and democratic; but, a fascist state cannot be  either libertarian or democratic. Although there are state-socialist versions of socialism, these are neither democratic nor libertarian...

Libertarian Democracy

Some will say: Democracy is not very libertarian. But, that's an expression of an opinion; it is one opinion among other opinions about democracy and liberty. It's not a factual, or empirical statement. From the subjective judgment of...

Political Democracy, Political Liberty

There are social-democrats who believe that political democracy and political liberty are equivalent and identical political possibilities; that political democracy and policial liberty are conceivable, credible and achievable. There are...

Thoughts

There are libertarian socialists.  If a society can be libertarian, then there can be a libertarian socialism. There can be a state-socialism, which is statist, rather than socialist, just as there can be an anarcho-communism which is not...

Thoughts

There are libertarian capitalists and there are libertarian socialists. As a professed libertarian socialist, I regard libertarianism as identical with anarchism. I regard libertarian socialism as equivalent to anarchist communism. But, there...

Dialogue and Thought Police

Stochastic dialogue -- dialogue grounded in random discussions of variable thoughts and ideas, and situated in casual deliberations on various observations and opinions  -- can be a stormy process, to be sure; but, we proceed, perhaps, by our...

Dialectical Phenomenology (2)

"Dialectical Phenomenology: Marx’s Method analyzes Karl Marx's method of theorizing. It  focuses on the Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy, a work  considered by many to be the most important of Marx's texts. The...

Thoughts

Democracy is not about individuals, or a community, telling individuals how to live their individual lives. Democracy is not about one individual -- an absolute monarch, for example -- telling every other individual how they are to live their own...

Dialectical Phenomenology (1)

"In Dialectical Phenomenology: Marx's Method, I analyze Marx's theorizing. I do so by concentrating on his method. I formulate this method as dialectical phenomenology. The body of this book spells out this method and illustrates it with a...

Marx and Mead (1)

"The insight that has inspired the development of sociologies of knowledge, namely, the idea that thought and social context are integrally related, has become quite commonplace. It is present, if only implicitly in most of sociology, in the...

Marx and Wittgenstein (12)

"Objectivists have often confined inquiry to statistical data as a means of avoiding the problem of interpretation. On the face of it, statistics on crime, marriage, employment, religious affiliation, voting patterns, and so forth have a...

The Socialist Economy (1)

"Socialism, as a political doctrine and a social movement, has never set itself purely economic aims. From the beginning its ideal was the creation of a new type of society, or, as Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) expressed it, 'a new civilization'....

Marx and Wittgenstein (11)

"In addition to the general problems of the behaviorist program, there are some special difficulties involved in applying this doctrine to the social sciences. Most importantly, it would require that social science meet the goal often proclaimed...