Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Dialectic, or, Scholars are Stooopid!

"You’re using words for which you don’t know the definitions." — Boxer (Boxer is a career student who after fourteen years of study - ten of which he claims are about Marxism - still doesn't have a Ph. D.! Can you say "Worthless?")

The Reply:

Or maybe I’m simply following Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, and choosing to find words that communicate clearly rather than impress people.

Sure, Boxer. The Dialectic merely means an argument. Hegel didn’t invent it. If Position A (Thesis) is correct (1+1=2) then traditional logic dictates that Position B (Anti-thesis) is incorrect (1+1=3). Easy Speazie! No need to carry on.

Hegel took Position A (Thesis) and Position B (Anti-thesis) and equalized them in value, claiming the truth lay in the Synthesis, or compromise/consensus, that arises out of the two. [(1+1=2) + (1+1=3)] divided by 2 = 2.5 (Synthesis). This synthesis now becomes the new Thesis and another anti-Thesis is pitted against it, creating yet another Synthesis, and so on, and so on, and so on. It works in a “staircase” fashion over history, one new truth building upon another – more or less like when a precedent gets set in a court of law, it becomes a “new truth” that is the basis for future court cases.

eg. Since we’ve already established that 2.5 is the new Thesis, we can now go [(1+1=2.5) + (1+1=4)] divided by 2 = 3.25 (Synthesis/New Thesis)

This is the foundation of Hegel’s work, which ultimately boils down to “The Truth is Relative.” This was fundamental and groundbreaking at the time, because up until Hegel did this, the Western World followed the standard of Absolute Truth, because they were following the Bible (God is a representative of the Absolute Truth – no truth can over-ride him, not one). This is why Christianity and Marxism cannot co-exist in the same philosophical space. They are 100% contradictory.

Now, keep in mind, that is only what Hegel did. Next is where you get into manipulating the Dialectical Argument. (Hegel’s version finds the synthesized truths in a “natural” or haphazard fashion).

Marx then came along and said, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways. The point, however, is to CHANGE it.”
Marx says, “Hey, you know, how can I use Hegel’s thing-a-ma-jiggy to bring about the goals I want to see in society?”

So Marx BEGINS with what he would like to see, and then thinks of the arguments, or a series of arguments that will lead people to that conclusion.

Marx says, “How can I convince society to believe that/ask for the 3.25 synthesized truth to appear, and he purposefully thinks up arguments – sometimes 3 or 4 or 5 steps ahead, which will lead society to this conclusion. So, in other words, while Hegel’s version finds the “truth” in a haphazard fashion, Marx’s version already has a predetermined goal. Marx works the equation backwards, or more accurately (if I could put diagrams in this comment instead of math) from the “top down” while Hegel works from the “bottom up.”

“Dialectical thought is related to vulgar thinking in the same way that a motion picture is related to a still photograph. The motion picture does not outlaw the still photograph but combines a series of them according to the laws of motion.” — Leon Trotsky

Of course, the purely accurate term for the whole crapola is Dialectical Materialism.

But then again, hey, what I just described above is just so flippin’ easy to understand and, well, it’s so positively engrossing for the average reader, why not throw in big words that mean nothing to laymen, like Dialectical Materialism, which really don’t mean jack-shit to anyone but those airheads who think fancy degrees and big words make them above others.

I’d rather clearly communicate ideas, than impress with vast knowledge coupled with big words and not get my point across but to only 1% of the people who read it – also known as Academic’s Disease (See again, Politics and the English Language linked above).

Not that the men on this board are children, but think of it this way:

If you are teaching a child to cross the street, you want him to be able to identify what a car is. All I am concerned with is that he understands what a car is (it has four wheels, moves fast, goes vroom vroom, and is dangerous). That is what is needed to get my point across.

It is completely unnecessary, at this point anyway, to also explain that a car has an exhaust system, shock absorbers, a radiator and a fuel injection system. And also, that it technically ought not be called a car but rather an “automobile.”

I long ago decided that if I was to speak of complex issues to the MRM, I was going to stop trying to impress people with big gobble-die-gook terms, and rather bring things to them clearly, by talking like a trucker or a farmer.

And boy oh boy, can I sometimes talk like a farmer in the barn or a trucker in a traffic jam!

Besides, I have so much disrespect for all things Academia, that I just love watching their nerdy little heads explode over the minute details that really don’t matter a whit to 99% of the population, nor should they.


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