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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 3:13 pm 
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It would be useful to repost interesting points made behind the closed gates of facebook (in particular made in closed groups) to an open forum like for example RedMarx. Of course without giving the name of the poster or group, or any personal identity things.

Simply copy paste some insightful remark/comment/discussion you read on facebook into this thread, so that those of us who aren't (much) on facebook do not miss out. But preferably things that are not related to the news cycle.

Just objective (political theoretical) points (not memes obviously).

It is in keeping with the tradition of the labour movement to publish debates.


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It's just a suggestion. Leftcoms on facebook are allowed to repost things on a bulletin board outside, yes, should even feel obliged to do so. Don't have to be all so original.

I will try to get the ball rolling, by reposting an old facebook-remark.

I don't want to generate discussion, so don't comment on it.

Just let the thread open, so that anyone else can feel welcome to share the interesting discussions/things they read on facebook.

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I found this article by Hilferding mentioned in Lenin's collected works vol.39 (http://www.marx2mao.com/PDFs/Lenin%20CW-Vol.%2039.pdf)

“On the Theory of Combination” (Zur Theorie der Kombination): concerning Marx’s mistake in Theories and notes on combination.

It's a short article.
(in Die Neue Zeit, 1912, online: http://library.fes.de/cgi-bin/neuzeit.p ... 1112a_0550 )

A point which Lenin picks up from the article:
N.B. Hilferding: p. 556... “the endeavour typical of every capitalist monopoly to make its economic monopoly indestructible by backing it with a monopoly of natural resources”....

But I don't know if the main point by Hilferding about the effect that the merger of companies has on the rate of profit, is discussed in marxist literature (from a quick google search this article seems to be nowhere mentioned).

Hilferding discusses the section in chapter 20, titled (in English) as "Apparent Variation in the Rate of Profit Where the Production of Constant Capital Is Combined with Its Working Up by a single Capitalist": https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... e/ch20.htm

Kautsky titled it: "Erhöhung des Profits durch eigene Produktion des konstanten Kapitals", which seems to differ from the now used German: "Scheinbare Variation in der Profitrate, wenn der Kapitalist dazu übergeht, sein konstantes Kapital selbst zu produzieren"
http://kulturkritik.net/systematik/phil ... =2c&pg=096

Strange English translation, no?


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Before he took Engels as his example, Kautsky initially modeled his writing style on Ludwig Börne and Heine. He wrote a series of articles on Börne in Der Sozialist, 1879: Börne. nr. 40, 41, 42 - 18., 22., 25. V. Börne und der Sozialismus, Nr. 44, 45 - 1.,5. VI. Ludwig Börne http://www.mediafire.com/view/lk4y6k8wi47luj3/Borne.pdf

Kautsky shows that liberals cannot claim Börne. Börne was the vanguard fighter of the political struggle for socialism. Börne criticized Saint-Simonism because of its mysticism and authoritarian organization. Börne's ideal couldn't solve the social question though: even with universal direct suffrage, with freedom of the press, with the abolition of the lotto (?), with the introduction of progressive income taxation, and liquidation of state debt, the social question remains. Kautsky ascribes this to Börne's lack of understanding of political economy.

Börne had a fall out with Heinrich Heine, who after Börne's death wrote a book attacking Börne: Ludwig Börne: A Memorial (translated by Jeffrey Sammons, 2006 – can be found online).

When it came out Engels wrote:
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Heine’s book on Börne is the most vile that has ever been written in the German language

Engels adored Börne:
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"the task of our age is to complete the fusion of Hegel and Börne." "Börne’s directness and healthy outlook proved to be the practical side of what Hegel had in mind, theoretically at least." "Oh, Börne — he writes a style that surpasses everything."


Anton Kuh's (1922) introduction to re-edition of Ludwig Börne: der Zeitgenosse (Kuh stressed Börne's relevance to the Weimar era): https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006907598

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A recent lecture on Börne (and Heine) by Alexander Soros, in passing mentions a supposed lost essay of Marx siding with Heine against Börne. Heine's book itself is said to prefigure Nietzsche's Dionysus theme:


Factoid: Marx took the "religion is opium.." line from Heine's book on Börne.


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To be designated as jejune (uninteresting; banal; or Trotskyist) is the worst insult possible I think because in a sense everyone is Heideggerian. Chapter titles in his The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics:

The First Form of Boredom: Becoming Bored by Something -
The Second Form of Boredom: Being Bored with Something and the Passing of Time Belonging to It -
The Third Form of Boredom: Profound Boredom as 'It Is Boring for One' -
The Question Concerning a Particular Profound Boredom as the Fundamental Attunement of Our Contemporary Dasein

Anyway, some quotes relating to boredom:

Marx on Ricardo's book:

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But this theoretical satisfaction afforded by these first two chapters because of their originality, unity of fundamental approach, simplicity, concentration, depth, novelty and comprehensiveness, is of necessity lost as the work proceeds. Here too, we are at times captivated by the originality of certain arguments. But as a whole, it gives rise to weariness and boredom. As the work proceeds, there is no further development. Where it does not consist of monotonous formal application of the same principles to various extraneous matters, or of polemical vindication of these principles, there is only repetition or amplification; at most one can occasionally find a striking chain of reasoning in the final sections.


https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... e/ch10.htm

On Dühring:

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One of the most significant morsels of the new deep-rooted science is the section on individualisation and increasing the value of life. In this section oracular commonplaces bubble up and gush forth in an irresistible torrent for three full chapters. [...] The simpleton who takes as his rule for the "testing of life" these solemn oracles of philistine pedantry subtilising over the shallowest platitudes will certainly not have to complain of “gaps entirely devoid of interest”. It will take him all his time to prepare his pleasures and get them in the right order, so that he will not have a moment left to enjoy them.


https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... g/ch09.htm

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...the level of German university polemics, where there is nothing but the impotent rage of green envy, and the most desolate boredom.


https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... o/ch05.htm

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The mystical feeling which drives the philosopher from abstract thinking to intuition is boredom, the longing for a content.


https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... /hegel.htm

another quote that can be applied against Heidegger, on "seeking oneself":

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Incidentally, the nonsense of the egoist in agreement with himself is summarised in the proposition quoted above. First comes the moral injunction to seek and, moreover, to seek oneself. This is defined in the sense that man should become something that he so far is not, namely, an egoist, and this egoist is defined as being an “all-powerful ego”, in whom the peculiar ability has become resolved from actual ability into the ego, into omnipotence, into the fantastic idea of ability. To seek oneself means, therefore, to become something different from what one is and, indeed, to become all-powerful, i.e., nothing, a non-thing, a phantasmagoria.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/w ... /ch03f.htm

On the MYTHOLOGY OF NEGATION AND DESPAIR, a quote from Nihilism Today (Y. Sogomonov, P. Landesman, D. Skvirsky): http://www.revleft.com/vb/threads/19544 ... oday-(1977)

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Besides, man continues to be wracked by boredom—-boredom laden with indifference and anxiety, with hardly concealed aimlessness and inner discontent with the course of life in capitalist society, a boredom that cannot be cured by distraction. Man who lacks originality and full-blooded relationships burns with the need to kill time at all costs, to make himself insensitive to the burden of existence. Torture by boredom is bourgeois society’s main form of suffering. It generates unmotivated crime, brutality and indifference to the sorrows and joys of others.

To free himself of the boredom of existence, satisfy the craving for an inner, cherished, intimate private meaning to his vital activity, which at the price of perseverance and intensive effort he has safeguarded against regulation by capitalist-serving rationalism, by official “scientific leadership" in the pseudo-collectivist organisations, man turns to the spiritual vacuum-filler obligingly offered him by mass culture. This “saviour” from the torments of boredom gives him the possibility (even if it is only a nightly possibility) of asserting himself outside the bounds of professionalism, outside the organisation forced upon him. This helps him to resolve the oppressive collision between impersonal contacts, in which he increasingly comes forward as a proponent of accurate knowledge (this is required by the scientific and technological revolution), and the sphere of general culture, in which he is a “mosaic individual”, a casually informed individual. He is, therefore, not put out by the fact that mass culture, with all its fictitiousness, only “envelops the audience in a warm bath, making no demands except that we all glow with pleasure and comfort”. Further, the attraction for the crude pleasures of mass culture is due to the need to stifle latent fear, the sense of uncertainty, the thirst for relaxation by the least possible mental and emotional effort. Antonio Gramsci wrote that there is boredom making the adventurism of the imbibed culture a need.


Report On Our Organisation, Founding Congress Of The KPD (Spartakus) 1918, on how the SPD during the Second International was boring:

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[..]there existed a little life in the organizations only just before and in the middle of the election campaigns. The rest of the time it was deserted and dead in the organizations. All means were searched for in order to fill up the time in-between the elections. Through the years the organizations of the social democratic party were transformed more and more into education societies, in order to have something to fill up these empty times between the different election campaigns. But we have seen, that also the educational work in the organizations have been defective,[..]


https://www.marxists.org/subject/german ... zation.htm

Employing the word 'jejune', Lukács in HCC:

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On the one hand, we find the utter sterility of an ideology divorced from life, of a more or less conscious attempt at forgery. On the other hand, a cynicism no less terribly jejune lives on in the world-historical irrelevances and nullities of its own existence and concerns itself only with the defence of that existence and with its own naked self-interest. This ideological crisis is an unfailing sign of decay.


-- And on the screen, Woody Allen's Love and Death:

Kelsey Grammer as Frasier:

Steven Seagal's Today You Die:


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