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Great Frank van Dun Article & The Destruction of Keynes

Posted by Jesse on January 26, 2009


With apparent relief, neo-liberals resurrect the Keynesian paradigm they had so enthusiastically denounced when its failures made the daily news bulletins. None of them has any idea to offer on the conditions that made the  crisis possible or on how it could have been avoided without sacrificing freedom and the rule of law. After all, they cannot see a crisis until it shows up in their data. Hindsight teaches them just enough to make them talk about low  interest rates, imprudent lending and structured investment vehicles. It does not teach them enough to make them admit that, as specialists, they should perhaps have been aware of the moral hazard involved not only in such  expansionary policies, practices and instruments but also in the framework of rules that had enabled these things to fester and drag down the entire economy. They paid a heavy price for using free-market rhetoric without  having a deep understanding of what constitutes freedom or what makes a market free. Unfortunately, the price they paid is mainly a loss of prestige. The real costs are borne by the public, which is still as much subject to the vagaries  of supposedly enlightened economic, monetary and fiscal policy as it was in the heyday of the Keynesians.   The main fallacy of the neo-liberal paradigm is the same as the fallacy of its Keynesian counterpart. It is the notion that the market is some kind of tool—a machine that the government can fire up or slow down as required to  reach desired outcomes. Every crisis is to some extent an intellectual crisis. That was true for the long stagflation of the nineteen-seventies and it is equally true for the crisis that made headlines in the summer of 2008

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“The destruction of culture is Progress”

Posted by Jesse on December 5, 2008

Wow. Personally, I’m appalled.

I tried to explain, but I just don’t know how else to say it at this point.

Maybe it’s time for a nice deductive rebuttal.


I have found an author (Gregory Johnson) who has phrased the objections I posed in a more definite, but similar, manner:

The strength of Hegel’s dialectic is that it is based on the insight that we learn from our mistakes. Dialectic is a process by which we test the adequacy of our concepts by thinking them through in
concrete contexts, causing them to yield up their contradictions and ambiguities and encouraging us to come up with more adequate – that is to say, more coherent – concepts. The weakness of Hegel’s dialectic, especially as it has been appropriated by Marxists, is that it can be mistaken for an abstract method or recipe which can be detached from the concrete, historical and empirical investigations that it depends upon and turned into a perverse sort of irrational “rationalism” in which the dialectician “deduces” social phenomena and historical processes through “negating” their antecedents.

Of course there are many other individuals who may also take issue with such nonsense, but a broader analysis in related material can be found in Mises work: Economics and the Revolt Against Reason

Geist, the mythical prime mover, operates according to a definite plan. He leads mankind through various preliminary stages to the final bliss of socialism. Every stage is the product of a certain state of technology; all its other characteristics are the necessary ideological superstructure of this technological state. Geist causes man to bring about in due time the technological ideas adequate to the stage in which he lives, and to realize them. All the rest is an outgrowth of the state of technology. The hand-mill made feudal society; the steam-mill made capitalism.[9] Human will and reason play only an ancillary role in these changes. The inexorable law of historical development forces men-independently of their wills-to think and to behave according to the patterns corresponding to the material basis of their age. Men fool themselves in believing that they are free to choose between various ideas and between what they call truth and error. They themselves do not think; it is historical providence that manifests itself in their thoughts.

This quote reaffirms my conclusion, an obvious one indeed, that this hegelian dialect is fatalistic to its core. The only aspect of human civilization that is served and can lay claim to “progress” under such assumptions are institutions and organizations that carry in its life-blood, the nature of the state.

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A juror, a judge, and the law. Who wins?

Posted by Jesse on November 21, 2008

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An Open Letter to the AntiWar Left

Posted by Jesse on December 11, 2007

Yes, Antiwar Movement, There Is a Santa ClausYou may not like the gift wrapping but the contents are what you wrote on your wish list: End the War, Bring the Troops Home Now, No War For Oil, or for Israel, Do Not Attack Iran, Restore The Constitution and The Rule of Law, No to The Patriot, Homeland Security, Military Commissions Acts and No to The Homegrown Terrorism Act, No To Torture, Rendition and Illegal Military Prisons and there’s even some extras that most of us wouldn’t mind seeing like putting an end to the Illegal Federal Reserve and doing away with the illegal personal income tax on wages.That all of these goodies happen to be the essence of Congressman Ron Paul’s, Republican Presidential candidate from Texas, campaign platform is surely a shock to any leftist’s/progressive’s system.Ah be careful what you wish for, you just might get it…The only question is will you accept this gift? Perhaps the wrapping paper isn’t right, perhaps there are some extra things in the box that don’t fit your political criteria but hey, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?Even Dennis Kucinich seems to think so, there is so much buzz in cyberspace about the possibility of a Dennis Kucinich/Ron Paul ticket, it is stunning. Dennis has even raised the prospect himself as has his wife Elisabeth. Who ever thought we’d see the day?!There is a larger point to be made here and perhaps the most important one and that is there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the wants, needs and desires of the anti-war traditional conservatives and the anti-war leftists and progressives. We just all need to get over ourselves.If Dennis Kucinich would consider Ron Paul as a running mate isn’t it time for the anti-war movement to dig a little deeper to see what is going on here?… (I have always supported Dennis Kucinich, whenever possible but after the 2004 Convention and his failure to stand up at the Convention against the war and support the peace activists who were hauled off the convention floor, with their anti-war signs, and given his inability to run a strong campaign, I can no longer back him. I do respect his positions on many issues.) A few activists like myself have crossed over to support Ron Paul but far too many others have not. Far too many from the left, far too many progressives and liberals and far too many anti-war activists have not.We have so much in common but many on the left ridicule Ron Paul and his supporters. They are so stuck in their positions, they do not see the monumental things we have in common. For many on the left it is Ron Paul’s stance on abortion, or his stance on health care and the list goes on…But as we face another election year and perhaps the most critical and important election year, I ask what cause can be more important than the cause of PEACE? Without it, we have no chance at all. For years, since the Bush regime stole power, we have all been looking for a Peace Candidate and now we have one.The democrats have been co-opted and fail us at every turn. The third party has been decimated, largely due to the democrats in 2004 and their fear mongering tactic of “vote democrat or else.” And here we are again, facing another Presidential election at the most critical time of our country’s history and indeed the world and what have we to choose from? The same damn pot that calls the kettle black and they all want the same thing, they all have the same agenda and we are left with voting for the lesser of evils or not voting at all. Is anyone really going to fall for this routine again?… But what if all of the disenfranchised people got together, pulled their forces, their energy and supported a true candidate for Peace? Would Peace not then be possible?Are we to forever be held back by issues, such as abortion or even National Health Care, an issue that never gets delivered in the first place (we are no closer now than we were way back when)? These issues are by design. Abortion keeps us divided. National Health care lends us false hope. This is no ordinary election year. This is our last real chance to try and get our country back on track and to prevent a third world war. Will any of us risk losing this chance over our own personal issues versus the common purpose and the Universal good? We need to start somewhere and Ron Paul is a good place to start.For me, supporting and voting for Ron Paul is the most “radical” thing I have ever done in my political life. It is something I do with comfort and good conscience. I support peace and I can only vote for a candidate who wants to stop this war and prevent a larger war from happening. Ron Paul has a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, people from all walks of life, people from all over our country, giving of their time, their money, their hearts and their energy to support this man. I have never seen nor experienced anything like this in my life!I encourage leftists, progressives and the anti-war movement to check Ron Paul out for yourselves, Google him, watch his YouTube videos, listen to what he has to say and how he says it. Ron Paul is the Peace candidate we’ve all been looking for. He answers to the people, not corporate or political lobbies.Perhaps the Ron Paul Revolution is best defined in his own words: He is honored to be a part of our revolution. I appeal to all of you to consider this. To think about it, process it, digest it, meditate on it, do whatever but above all find the higher meaning. 

December 11, 2007Donna Volatile [send her mail] is a radical, screenwriter, researcher and political writer living in the mountain of northern New Mexico.

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