[Marxism-Thaxis] Killing Joke

2011-01-21 Thread CeJ
A lot of music watchers have argued that Jaz Coleman, the frontman of Killing Joke, is over the deepend in paranoia and conspiracy, but when he shouts stuff like 'Fuck the bankers' and 'take back your country' at a concert in Greece, he seems pretty sane to me. He uses the mass rock concert

[Marxism-Thaxis] Working Class Hero

2010-12-15 Thread CeJ
I was trying to think of songs that actually expressed working class consciousness outside of accepting the fantasy that 'pop music' is one means to escape it (either through commercial success from making it or being transported somewhere while listening to it). Or songs that actually acknowledge

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Working Class Hero

2010-12-15 Thread CeJ
Looks like at the archive a couple songs got clipped out--perhaps too long a post? Here is what didn't make it to the archive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOTHdjymnW0 Atom and Cell David Sylvian Her skin was darker than ashes And she had something to say Bout being naked to the elements At

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Test Scorer

2010-12-13 Thread CeJ
That piece doesn't even read like a good MRZINE piece, let alone the usually ponderous, pretentious MR. All those words and I still can't get a good idea what the guy actually does. Standardized tests are for the most part machine-/computer-scored. Some tests require recorded oral responses

[Marxism-Thaxis] Octavius Catto was murdered on Election Day 1871

2010-12-10 Thread CeJ
Interesting photo of a sign on Catto. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23021...@n06/3075692379/ ___ Marxism-Thaxis mailing list Marxism-Thaxis@lists.econ.utah.edu To change your options or unsubscribe go to:

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008

2010-11-28 Thread CeJ
Substance of what? Finance capital remains fianance capital but it is not  the financial industrial capital of the time of Lenin. Here's something from 2002. WL. Do you even read your own posts? You are the one who used the word 'substance'. I merely echoed it in my reply. Again what you

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?

2010-11-27 Thread CeJ
WL: The quality that has changed is the substance of modern finance capital that is outside of and evolves based on detachment from production of surplus value. ... Wealth today is a very super symbolic abstract thing not riveted to gold or any tangible. This is the change.

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?

2010-11-27 Thread CeJ
About the only thing Time is good for now--reading online articles I can remember reading in my father's copy of Time back in the 70s. Looks a lot like QE2 to me. Now instead of pegging the dollar to some sort of imaginary value of gold, we have pegged the value of gold to the dollar (and the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?

2010-11-23 Thread CeJ
Sorry WL but I have to disagree. For a start, I'm not sure what your concept of Lenin's concept of banks actually is. This time around people started to notice the crisis when there was a run on a building society type bank in the UK. I predicted something tumultuous would happen when I saw that

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?

2010-11-22 Thread CeJ
As I posted before, it's deja vu all over again when you get down to what human relations create such crises. JP Morgan himself was caught up in helping to create the crisis, although he went down in history as one of those guys who helped overcome it. BTW, I don't necessarily agree with the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?

2010-11-21 Thread CeJ
I don't think either CB or myself is arguing for Nostradamus status here. What you haven't done is shown anything that would convince me there has been some categorical change in relations of production and capital that says this time is different different, other than history doesn't repeat

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Did Vladimir Lenin Predict The Banking Disaster Of 2008?

2010-11-20 Thread CeJ
Certainly, the possibility of reducing the cost of production and increasing profits by introducing technical improvements operates in the direction of change. But the tendency to stagnation and decay, which is characteristic of monopoly, continues to operate, and in some branches of industry, in

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Another paradox of state/local rights (stems from Molly Maguires)

2010-11-11 Thread CeJ
And this part is just too weird. The CELDF is located in Chambersburg, PA (in So. Central PA, about an hour away from Harrisburg, the state capital) and the center of political action, such as it is, is in townships in Clarion County, in NW PA, and Clarion County is the home of my mother, where

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Another paradox of state/local rights (stems from Molly Maguires)

2010-11-11 Thread CeJ
Chambersburg is an exurb of Harrisburg-York-Lancaster, but also Baltimore and DC. It's the DC connection that probably led the CELDF to locate there--along with the cheap rents. Here is their journalistic, ready-for-media write up of the Licking Township ordinance (which will probably lead to a

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] critique of the ideology of the Tea Party needed W

2010-11-10 Thread CeJ
Tenthers (the Tenth Amendment cult) are largely people who move in the area of law, scholarly activity, intelligentsia, but I think it is clear that they overlap with the Tea Party activities, which tends towards rallies and media events. I'm not sure how coherent tentherism is when you get to

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] critique of the ideology of the Tea Party needed W

2010-11-10 Thread CeJ
You also have a huge 'ghost' force of 'shadow workers' who comprise a quasi-civil service. And the info. in this article is over 10 years old, pre 9/11 and the 'national security' bubble of the Bushwar-Obomber years. See: http://www.govexec.com/features/0199/0199s1.htm

[Marxism-Thaxis] Molly Maguires

2010-11-10 Thread CeJ
They are still a near-forbidden topic for re-examination in US history. The inherited view has long struck me as total bull. You know also from the 19th century, there is still persistent in the US an inherited view that the Wilimington Riot was an event where uppity blacks got the commeuppance

[Marxism-Thaxis] Tea Party

2010-11-10 Thread CeJ
I know I'm being too harsh on Obama. I want him to leave office after this term or the second term renouncing the military interventionist policies, slashing the military budgets, and telling it like it is to Americans about the death throes of the imperium and why their society and political

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Tea Party

2010-11-09 Thread CeJ
I have been scouring websites in the USA to try to find a good socialist critique of the ideology of the Tea Party. But so far I have found nothing. The WSWS website says absolutely nothing to critique the ideology of the Tea Party. It seems that many on the left are adapting to the reactionary

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Election Day Thoughts

2010-11-03 Thread CeJ
The turning over of the House of Reps to the Republicans demonstrates clearly one thing (to me at least): That American voters, as diverse as they are, tend to prefer the incoherence of the Republicans to the incoherence of the Democrats. The incoherence of the Republicans is the idea that they

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Election Day Thoughts

2010-11-03 Thread CeJ
Outside the orthodoxy of the two-party US, Kucinich retained his congressional seat. VICTORY: We won, 53% - 44% Dear Friends, Your support made it possible for our campaign to have a strong media presence in the closing days of the election, so that we were able to withstand the powerful

[Marxism-Thaxis] Wouldn't this have made a really cool t-shirt?

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
When the single was marketed in 1989, the record company put a sticker over the upper left corner of the flag, of course. http://www.mattscdsingles.com/acatalog/1195%20new.jpg ___ Marxism-Thaxis mailing list Marxism-Thaxis@lists.econ.utah.edu To

[Marxism-Thaxis] cool version of the american 'freedom eagle'

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
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[Marxism-Thaxis] The REAL Song of the South

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
Play for the good ole boys and see what reaction you get. The songwriter said of the song: Was done at the Power Plant with Robin Millar producing. Robin is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with and has remained a source of good advice and inspiration. The song is about apartheid and

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] The REAL Song of the South

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
Interesting that the band's next album did not get a release in the US, despite the fact that all their previous albums had decent sales there (with little airplay). http://www.amazon.com/Live-Moscow-Peace-Our-Time/dp/B002V0JBLG Editorial Reviews Product Description 2009 two disc (CD +

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Argument for historical existence of barter

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
RE: Argument for historical existence of barter I remember being told by an American history professor about how corn and rye whiskies were used as 'currency' for trade, from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. See: http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/RDavies/arian/northamerica.html Forms of Money in use in

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Why the IMF Meetings Failed

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
And while on my 80s nostalgia/obscure agit-prop kick (I suppose I could have posted this to the barter-money thread). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7Bq9YdDVc8 Style Council Money-go-round Lyrics It's no good praying to the powers that be 'Cause they won't shake the roots of the money tree

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Bernero Takes New Tactic in Fighting Unfair and Fraudulent Foreclosures

2010-10-26 Thread CeJ
RE: [Marxism-Thaxis] Bernero Takes New Tactic in Fighting Unfair and Fraudulent Foreclosures These are tactics that came to prominence in Michael Moore's film, Capitalism: A Love Story. I think he charts how it started in Dade County Florida and spread nationwide. That film has a lot more going

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] White America Has Lost Its Mind

2010-10-06 Thread CeJ
It's interesting how more and more the 'brown' military the US sends to control and kill Iraqis and Afghans looks more and more like the very people they are controlling and killing. This is especially true if you look at who are actually the dog soldiers doing things like military convoys and

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist

2010-09-29 Thread CeJ
In general, the Communist Parties agreed on such. The CPUSA certainly wasn't the only one ( smile) But the original point was and is: CPs haven't ALWAYS supported the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine (now called Israel), nor did they do so before many US and UK politicians who were most

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist

2010-09-29 Thread CeJ
CB: I'm talking about now and for about 60 years, the Soviet Union and most CP's supported the right of Israel to exist. That's the issue I'm addressing And my points were (1) 60 years ago is not always, (2) there was an abrupt shift coming from the SU and this explains the toe-the-line

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to

2010-09-29 Thread CeJ
CB: Communist PartieS have supported the right of Israel to exist is a true statement that I made earlier on this thread. You questioned it. I presented proof positive that Communist PartieS have supported the right of Isael to exist. I questioned your statement about always supported--see thread

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Fidel Castro Blasts Ahmadinejad As Anti-Semitic

2010-09-29 Thread CeJ
Yes, due to the growth in population in Latin America and the greater spread of TV and radio, no doubt. I meant 'don't listen' in the sense of 'don't heed'. Reading through the crap on A., the guy really doesn't know what he is talking about, but that never stopped him before. I still think

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Castro says remark that Cuban model doesn't work misinterpreted

2010-09-29 Thread CeJ
Now it's starting to make sense, even if through a shit-coated lens like the Atlantic. The American reporters wish to emphasize tangential elements and 'back story'--Castro (long accused of Antisemitism) shows his humanity by deploring Holocaust denial and supposedly mentioning Iranian leaders in

[Marxism-Thaxis] ??Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist??

2010-09-28 Thread CeJ
Saw this over on the Liberal/Lily-livered Bored/Bourgeois Observer/Oaf (LBO Talk) list and thought I would comment. I am no expert on this matter, so correct me where I'm wrong, but it seems to me you are wrong CB: CB: Actually, Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist.

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] ??Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist??

2010-09-28 Thread CeJ
What this seems to mean is: recognition is recognition, for the US president to give. The terms 'de facto' and 'de jure' only apply to the nature of the government being recognized. So, a provisional government of Israel was recognized by Truman as 'de facto'. When it held elections, he recognized

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] ??Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist??

2010-09-28 Thread CeJ
It still comes down to whether or not 'de jure' status is something that can be given or only acknowledged. http://talknic.wordpress.com/2010/01/02/the-recognition-of-israel-de-jure-de-facto-the-jewish-state/ //Letter From the Agent of the Provisional Government of Israel… ” I have the honor to

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Communist Parties have always supported Israel's right to exist

2010-09-28 Thread CeJ
Well, I wouldn't have said it if I didn't think it was true. Certainly , the CPUSA supported a two state solution, with one of the states being Israel; and therefore Israel would exist, and have a right to exist. Gus Hall Geez, I didn't think Gus was into such Stalinist bullshit until the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Tightening the Noose on Credit

2010-09-28 Thread CeJ
Two years after the 2008 bailout, the economy continues to struggle with a lack of credit, the hallmark of recessions and depressions. Credit (or debt) is issued by banks and is the source of virtually all money today. When credit is not available, there is insufficient money to buy goods or pay

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Bill Clinton goes out stumping for Obama

2010-09-24 Thread CeJ
Race might be a social category but I would refrain from using metaphysically. I think you are missing the obvious--these tempest in a teapot teabaggers are doing a great service to the Demoncrats. I wasn't out to critique race in America. I was out to critique the warpig Obama. CJ

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Fidel Castro Blasts Ahmadinejad As Anti-Semitic

2010-09-24 Thread CeJ
Castro was the one who put out the big alarm about the US sending ships to harass Iran. He is not some heavy critic of Iran and is a long term critic of Israel, which is why his very specific and narrow criticism of A is significant. A probably sees it as advice from an ancestor who is not yet

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Fidel Castro Blasts Ahmadinejad As Anti-Semitic

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
More and more Fidel looks to be irrelevant on this particular issue. Perhaps he could relate better with the PLO under Arafat. Of course I would have to wade into the transcript of a long speech (translated of course) in order to see if he addresses Palestine or the fact that it's the US in Iraq

[Marxism-Thaxis] Teabaggers: A Demoncratic Plot?

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
Right now they seem to be the best way to mess up the Repugnican Party-- a sort of reverse George Will strategy, if you will (I think it was he who first put out the idea of a permanent, united Republican majority in power). I always said the Repugs were more fractious and class-divided than the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Fidel Castro Blasts Ahmadinejad As Anti-Semitic

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
Maybe he simply needs to shut up and stop giving interviews to Atlantic bloggers? They are the very sort who have accused Castro of being anti-semitic too. I don't think we need to review Castro's credentials. But he is at the end of his life, and not really in power anymore. He can't really do

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Teabaggers: A Demoncratic Plot?

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
Like Obama has done anything that would make Black people stop voting for him. What planet are you on ? I don't know, dye his hair green? The point is to keep black voters voting in large numbers for a warpig demoncratic government that doesn't give a shit about them. Or haven't you noticed? What

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Fidel Castro Blasts Ahmadinejad As Anti-Semitic

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
CB: Yeah right. Sort of like Deng Chou Ping. I bet he has no influence whatsoever over the Cuban society and state. He's a retired strongman (smile) I didn't know Fidel is a pile of ashes talking to your ancestors Charles. I do know when I go into my favorite Egyptian cafe in Kuala Lumpur (Arab

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Teabaggers: A Demoncratic Plot?

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
CB: The vast majority of Black people never vote. Those who do vote understand exactly what Obama is going through. All of these Black people ,including me, are very observant earthly beings, know white people like the back of our hands. Oh you know them better than us ? uhhhuuuhu And back to my

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Bill Clinton goes out stumping for Obama

2010-09-23 Thread CeJ
Well the first black president goes stumping for the second black president. Bill does have better moves on the dance floor than the cool thin yellow one, though. Clinton simply backed his wife to the bitter end of the Democratic primaries, and neither of them could believe that a relatively

[Marxism-Thaxis] Ahmadinejad to World: Capitalism, US's New World Order is DONE

2010-09-21 Thread CeJ
Apparently the ziowarpiggies and their NATO cronies couldn't get out of bed early enough in order to walk out this time. Meanwhile, NATO cronie Merkel teaches developing world 'responsibility and accountability'. Can't wait for Hugo Chavez to weigh in.

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Final U.S. combat brigade departs Iraq

2010-08-21 Thread CeJ
This is just more propaganda. It's obvious the US military has been moving piecemeal out of Iraq and into Kuwait and onto compounds there for quite some time. It's funny because they went into Iraq at a division level, and now they make a big propaganda deal out of leaving at a brigade level. That

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] US to Attend Hiroshima Memorial for First Time

2010-08-07 Thread CeJ
Also, I should have said: it has been the official policy of the US government and military neither to confirm nor deny the presence of nukes (tactital nukes usually) on US ships or planes or overseas bases. When New Zealand tried to get them to stop taking nukes into NZ ports, the US actually set

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] 34 billionaires pledge half of their fortunes

2010-08-06 Thread CeJ
Hope , faith and charity. The greatest of these is charity. More like PR, tax shelters and untaxed investment/finance capitalism, and the greatest of all these Bill and Melinda know more about than 100 Michael Hudsons. CJ --- ELT in Japan http://www.eltinjapan.com/ Japan Higher Education

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] US to Attend Hiroshima Memorial for First Time

2010-08-05 Thread CeJ
CB: What would the US have done if Japan had not allowed same ? Most likely the US would have said it valued the US-Japan alliance more than an issue like that, and then lie and say it didn't have any nukes in Japan while bringing them here anyway. At least more Japanese would be aware that the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] 34 billionaires pledge half of their fortunes

2010-08-05 Thread CeJ
The most interesting thing about this is people fall for the line that they are 'giving it away'. Not the case at all. What they seem to seek is some way to keep their fortunes intact after their death and still have some say over how the money is invested and used, even as they lie mouldering in

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] 34 billionaires pledge half of their fortunes

2010-08-05 Thread CeJ
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Protect-Your-Assets-With-a-Foundation-Just-Like-Billionaires-Gates-Buffet Starting Your Own Charitable Foundation Donating to a foundation is one legal way to protect wealth for descendants. Assets transferred into a foundation are immune to capital gains taxes,

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] US to Attend Hiroshima Memorial for First Time

2010-08-04 Thread CeJ
Japan, the only country that has ever been attacked with atomic bombs -- first on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, and three days later in Nagasaki -- has pushed for the abolition of the weapons of mass destruction ever since. Which is why the governments of Japan have knowingly

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Kiss This War Goodbye

2010-08-04 Thread CeJ
It's hard to say exactly why this crap was released when it was released, but it seems to amount to the same sort of bait and switch we got with the so-called 'Abu Graib' 'revelations'--let's entertain people with SM porn to distract them from our real war atrocities. It could be that some in the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Labor aristocracy

2010-07-27 Thread CeJ
In an interview with director of 'Fast Food Nation' (a fictionalized version of the book with the same name), we probably get closer to the 'truth' about labor and the impoverished in the US. Perhaps, btw, I'll have to give the PK Dick novel, A Scanner Darkly another try (and has anyone seen the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] why are white southerners so violent?

2010-07-18 Thread CeJ
Not to worry. I think that, brave soul that he is, CB is trying to discuss something on the LBO-Talk list. I'll hold my breath, dip into the archives, and check out how it went. CJ ___ Marxism-Thaxis mailing list Marxism-Thaxis@lists.econ.utah.edu To

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] why are white southerners so violent?

2010-07-18 Thread CeJ
Yes, it's obviously a spillover from the LBO Talk list. See, if you have the stomach for it, http://mailman.lbo-talk.org/pipermail/lbo-talk/Week-of-Mon-20100712/date.html It seems to be one of the more popular threads going there for the past week. CJ -- ELT in Japan

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Calhoun

2010-07-17 Thread CeJ
I remember having to read a lot of Calhoun and a lot of Clay in US history courses (Jackson Era). Not sure if Calhoun was related to the Gibson super-family, but http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/secret/famous/gibsonfamily.html Gibson This page updated January 2004. The news

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Scope and Limits of Theory

2010-07-12 Thread CeJ
For what it is worth, here is a credible metatheoretical statement of Chavismo. I think it errs in attributing too much to one person--not Chavez but JKG. Also, it's almost as if we were talking about some line of 'literary influence' instead of a real political and economic 'theory-in-action'.

[Marxism-Thaxis] Scope and Limits of Theory

2010-07-10 Thread CeJ
CCAnother way of putting this, is that they assumed there to be a direct relationship between theory and praactice: abstract theory could dictate detailed tactics in all situatios. (Assuming a direct relation of theory to practice is, I think, the most useful definition of dogmatism.) That is

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Thank You, Rand Paul (from a Historian)

2010-07-09 Thread CeJ
The thing to remember about libertarians is that for the most part they are the Republicans who go to the nude beach. It isn't like , ultimately, the Huffington Demoncrats offer anything better for the mass of America. If anything, their incoherent brand of imperialist warpig federalism is a

[Marxism-Thaxis] Recessionary American capitalism returns to the basics--Hayek and Rand

2010-07-03 Thread CeJ
I still think a religious revival is next. If a hurricane gets the oil slick and spews it all over the New South, that ought to be interesting. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/friedrich-hayek-darling-of-the-right-is-reborn-in-the-usa-2017267.html excerpt: Gurus of Economics

[Marxism-Thaxis] US 'reconstruction' of Iraq collapses

2010-07-03 Thread CeJ
VP Biden seems to be in Iraq to try and prevent the collapse. The reason American military people aren't dying in large numbers is that the military is on its bases and not engaging in much combat against the Resistance--it lets it proxies do that, or relies on air forces. But one does have to

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Ghandi rejected Zionism

2010-06-28 Thread CeJ
JF:I suspect that Gandhi's position on that is by no means not unrelated to his own advocacy of a secular India. Although Gandhi was a very devout Hindu, he was emphatic in support of India being a secular state in which Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians etc. would all have equal rights. The

[Marxism-Thaxis] Ghandi rejected Zionism

2010-06-27 Thread CeJ
http://www.twf.org/News/Y2001/0815-GandhiZionism.html excerpt: Gandhi rejected the idea of a Jewish State in the Promised Land by pointing out that the Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. The Zionists, after embarking upon a policy of colonization of Palestine and

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] American Jews Who Reject Zionism

2010-06-26 Thread CeJ
I've been around and around on this topic on various discussion fora online, and must say that there is an awful lot complicating any discussion of Zionism that it almost always draws a lot of even self-contradictory responses without any conclusions. 1. Israel is a state that was founded as

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] American Jews Who Reject Zionism

2010-06-26 Thread CeJ
RD:There is also the argument of Shlomo Sand, that the concept of Jewry is a modern concept, that the Exile never happened, that there were mass conversions involved in the formation of the Jews in Europe (and elsewhere), and therefore that the actual ties of European Jews to ancient Judaea are

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] American Jews Who Reject Zionism

2010-06-26 Thread CeJ
Clearly, not having read it, you misunderstand it. Koestler was arguing that the Ashkenazis originated from Khazar Jews who fled Eastward when the Mongols destroyed the great Khazar Jewish Empire in the Volga basin and northern Caucasus (the very name Ashkenazi derives from a Biblical figure,

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] American Jews Who Reject Zionism

2010-06-26 Thread CeJ
Wexler is the best on the ethnogenesis, Coffman is the best look at the genetics (another complicated area that is being misused both by the Zionists and the anti-semites--but we know who gets to place pieces with the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, misinterpreting genetic studies to

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] American Jews Who Reject Zionism

2010-06-26 Thread CeJ
RD:I can't say I keep up with Zionist arguments since 1967. There have been a number of arguments for over a century to bolster the obviously shaky arguments for the colonization of a patch of desert that had no live connection with the European Jews of the 19th century. There are connections

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Austerity

2010-06-24 Thread CeJ
What does he know if he thinks BIff Delong wrote a good book? First, what is the connection between fiscal austerity (now being imposed on UK and Japan) and interest rates? I'm sure there are connections, but I can think of a number of reasons why they ought to raise interest rates. Currently the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] The method in Israel's madness

2010-06-15 Thread CeJ
Escobar is better than most--he was one of the few who went to Afghanistan when the US invaded and actually reported on some of what was going on, rather than relying on the Pentagon's e-war fake news feeds. However, one thing missing in the analysis is the fact that the US practices the same mad

[Marxism-Thaxis] Greed Explains the Disasters and the Lying Afterwards

2010-06-15 Thread CeJ
Of course it's not greed in the sense that BP is no more greedy than Exxon-Mobil or Halliburton or Transocean or McDonald's or Pres. Obama's tax accountant. It's capitalism. And capitalism will not be defeated by admonishment or appeal to less 'base' motivations. CJ

[Marxism-Thaxis] UAW pays Wall Street

2010-06-12 Thread CeJ
UAW pays Wall Street http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/21/treasury-hires-lazard-to-advise-on-a-g-m-i-p-o/ excerpt: A G.M. spokesman, Tom Wilkinson, declined to comment on the hiring. In an e-mailed statement, he added: We understand there is a lot of anticipation and speculation

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Rightwing pundit: Helen Thomas voices world's view on Israel

2010-06-10 Thread CeJ
Of course this is a pack of right wing lies. Re Helen Thomas: her remarks, if she has been quoted correctly, are repellent, but one should add that there is a logical distinction between Israel's right to exist as a state, Jewish or otherwise, and the right of Jewish people to live there,

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Rules are symbolic , built on symbols.

2010-06-10 Thread CeJ
RD:The issue is not coherence in the semantic sense, but syntactic intelligibility. The issue for proponents and opponents of a formalised grammar might be: Is it use of rules that decides syntactical well-formedness? Time and time again I have seen Chomskian grammarians use their 'intuition'

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Rules are symbolic , built on symbols.

2010-06-10 Thread CeJ
Speakers proficient in a language know what expressions are acceptable in their language and what expressions are unacceptable. The key puzzle is how speakers should come to know the restrictions of their language, since expressions that violate those restrictions are not present in the input,

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Rules are symbolic , built on symbols.

2010-06-09 Thread CeJ
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20627621.000-language-lessons-you-are-what-you-speak.html?full=true Language lessons: You are what you speak excerpt: LANGUAGES are wonderfully idiosyncratic. English puts its subject before its verb. Finnish has lots of cases. Mandarin is highly tonal.

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Rules are symbolic , built on symbols.

2010-06-09 Thread CeJ
CB: This is an interesting puzzle, although Language learners may have limited access to some such ungrammatical expressions when they mistakenly say them themselves. Perhaps it is a matter in part of a very high skill at learning from mistakes, trial and error and ability to generalize the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Why , oh, why are humans so thoroughly socially determined ?

2010-06-03 Thread CeJ
CB: Ha ha. Egyptology has not completely failed; hieroglyphs have been translated, etc. There's the _Book of the Dead_, Which I'm sure you read everyday at lunch, right CB? That is, afterall, why you and your descendants practice memorial mass retainer burial and advanced mummification

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Obama's grade on energy policy: F minus minus

2010-05-31 Thread CeJ
More background reading on the push to take wells deeper into the seas and at the same time deeper into the earth--with profitability assured by US government subsidy and 'sequestration' of much cheaper oil in Iraq (if Iraq produced on the level of Saudi Arabia and Russia, and most think its

[Marxism-Thaxis] Former Argentine president says Bush told him ‘the best way to revitalize the economy is war.’

2010-05-31 Thread CeJ
I saw this on Marxmai list, but I'm going to go in a different direction with it. If this is true, we see Kirchner believes more of what typical ruling class believes, hence wars are just an undesirable but often unavoidable part of the mix of governments, international agencies and capitalism.

[Marxism-Thaxis] Obama's grade on energy policy: F minus minus

2010-05-29 Thread CeJ
Americans still don't have health care, the US military still occupies Iraq, its occupation of Afghanistan has expanded, and Obama pulled a real bonehead move earlier this year when he announced a reversal--a total boneheaded flipflop on offshore drilling--and gave the likes of T. Boone Pickens

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Thailand

2010-05-29 Thread CeJ
JF: In Japan wasn't land reform imposed by the American occupation under MacArthur? This is what I've read from all the standard sources (like Reischauer). It seems to have created the Japanese equivalent of the Republican-voting dairy farmer of the MidAtlantic US. They hold a few rice

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Why , oh, why are humans so thoroughly socially determined ?

2010-05-28 Thread CeJ
Why , oh, why are humans so thoroughly socially determined ? CB: Well, it worked to get across the death barrier for scores if not hundreds of generations. I'm not sure what you are talking about. Some of the Egyptian stuff and the others _did_ get across to us. We are not utterly ignorant of

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Apple Overtakes Microsoft

2010-05-28 Thread CeJ
Apple Overtakes Microsoft Prove more than anything that the .com bubble didn't go away, it just farted its way into a handful of stocks. Both Apple and MS are bubble-valued stocks, because hope never dies apparently. CJ ___ Marxism-Thaxis mailing list

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Rules are symbolic , built on symbols.

2010-05-28 Thread CeJ
Actually rules can't be rules without symbols, but are they symbolic? This could be linked to the earlier discussion of how phonetic gestures make all of language possible, including syntactically recursive. CJ ___ Marxism-Thaxis mailing list

[Marxism-Thaxis] How the GOP Became the White Man's Party

2010-05-28 Thread CeJ
Although Goldwater was not the man to lead them into their promised land, this supports my idea that we need to account for Goldwaterism too. Now we see Buchanan can't lead some of them out into populist nationalism because he is a Catholic. CJ

[Marxism-Thaxis] How British is BP?

2010-05-27 Thread CeJ
I was wondering this because of the anti-BP backlash being given 'BP is foreign connotations'. It's not really foreign, it's not even really very British in terms of who owns the equity stakes. The second largest holder of the stock, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney Strauss Inc., links to its parent,

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Launching Language: The Gestural Origin of Discrete Infinity

2010-05-27 Thread CeJ
CB: A demonstration is worth 10,000 words. But ten thousand words can get across the death barrier and a bodily demonstraton cannot .Most of what I'm saying, my premises are anthropology a,b,c. I'm just posing a little esoteric hypothesis for some basic anthropology. Alas, apparently 10,000

[Marxism-Thaxis] Recursion

2010-05-26 Thread CeJ
Recursion in language The use of recursion in linguistics, and the use of recursion in general, dates back to the ancient Indian linguist Pāṇini in the 5th century BC, who made use of recursion in his grammar rules of Sanskrit. Linguist Noam Chomsky theorizes that unlimited extension of a

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Evolutionary timeline for language

2010-05-26 Thread CeJ
Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Evolutionary timeline for language The entire article looks dubious and would require a lifetime to discuss. CB: A lifetime ? What is dubious ? Most articles on linguistics at wiki are awful. Any attempt to revise them will result in a small clique 'reverting' them. I

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Launching Language: The Gestural Origin of Discrete Infinity

2010-05-26 Thread CeJ
CB: In other words, the fact that the signifier is _not_ the thing or processes that it signified is the characteristic that allows it to get across the death barrier that the body of the ancestor faces. So that which crosses the death barrier is not actually a thing? So what is it? Isn't there a

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Recursion

2010-05-26 Thread CeJ
I wrote: f you step back and examine what must have gone into producing such a sequence, it's obvious the planning stage in the 'mind' wouldn't have to be limited to such a sequence. In fact, such a sequence would make language impossible. So, for example, if I know I'm going to say/produce the

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Launching Language: The Gestural Origin of Discrete Infinity

2010-05-26 Thread CeJ
Charles, I don't understand the purpose of so many posts. Since reading them all is out of the question, and I have no principle of selection that would work, I end up not reading any of them, thogugh some of them must be important or at least inteesting. Carrol I'm not sure which Charles you

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Launching Language: The Gestural Origin of Discrete Infinity

2010-05-25 Thread CeJ
Mostly in reply to CB. CB: Calling it bizarre is bizarre, with your grunts and snorts version of early human communication. You are out of your gourd. Were they cavemen , too. You read too many cartoons. Of course , the wheelwright uses stories to teach how to build a wheel. Duh. Actually these

Re: [Marxism-Thaxis] Evolutionary timeline for language

2010-05-25 Thread CeJ
The entire article looks dubious and would require a lifetime to discuss. I think the overall thrust of the accounts I posted excerpts from is formed thus: that syntactisized upper body gesturing and sophisticated vocalization abilities converged and were somehow (not yet explained) able to

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