Monday, September 11, 2017

Karl Seldon’s Succinct Formulation Regarding ‘Capitalism’s Fatal Flaw’ and the Phases of Capitalism -- Ascendence Phase [~1500 C.E. to ~ 1900 C.E.] ---> Descendence Phase [ever since]. GLOBAL STRSATEGIC HYPOTHESES.







Karl Seldon’s Succinct Formulation Regarding Capitalisms Fatal Flaw and the Phases of Capitalism -- Ascendence Phase [~1500 C.E to ~1900 C.E.] ---> Descendence Phase [ever since].  GLOBAL STRATEGIC HYPOTHESES.







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It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an Officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
Such a release is that entered below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].

Earlier entries to this blog which provide evidentiary background for this formulation include --







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Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.







GLOBAL STRATEGIC HYPOTHESES:  ... The dialectic of capitalism vies in an ‘intra-duality’ of/between capital as “self-expanding value” [Marx], e.g., by reinvestment of profits of enterprise into new industrial capital plant and equipment [“capital formation”/“accumulation”], versus capital as ‘self-contracting value’, e.g., by pre-amortization write off of industrial capital plant and equipment, due to obsolescence depreciation vis-a-vis competitors’ installations, “moral depreciation” [Marx], or ‘technodepreciation’.” 

“Such fixed-capital asset write-offs, part of gross losses, arising prior to any full recovery of the value of the obsolescent capital plant and equipment by means of “wear and tear” depreciation charges -- in the later-capitalist context of accelerating technological progress in fixed capital design, and of ‘capital-plant legacy-less’, because newly industrializing, new entrants into world market competition, who may start with the most advanced capital plant and equipment, as well as with lower wages -- can overwhelm gross profits.”  

“They can drive a secular fall in the rate of return on capital investment for “core” capital, eventually driving those return-rates deep into negative profit territory, in the absence of extraordinary and catastrophic interventions on the part of the core ruling class faction owning the most ownership-concentrated, most ‘technodepreciation-vulnerable’ industries.”

“In the early stages of the development of global capitalist society, growth of ‘product productivity’, i.e., “growth of the social forces of production” [Marx], and therefore also, tendentially, of humanity’s self-productivity’ -- including the self-expansion of objectified human subjectivity, of objectified labor -- in short, the ‘self-expansion of human socio-mass’, tendentially increases rates of returns on capital.”

“This tendency of rising capital-profitability forms the ‘‘‘ascendence phase’’’ of global capitalist society, a phase dominated by “absolute surplus-value” [Marx] as the primary source of profits on capital.”  For a time, “the growth of the social forces of production” adds more new capital than it destroys old capital.”

“The next phase, the ‘‘‘descendence phase’’’ of capitalist humanity, is dominated, instead, by “relative surplus-value” [Marx] as the primary source of profits.” 

“This also means that the self-devaluation of competitive capital, of competing industrial plant and equipment capital-value, becomes an increasingly threatening reality for the owners of core concentrated industrial and loan capital.  For the working class, on the contrary, it lowers costs of living, and tendentially increases our prosperity, forming democracy-demanding “middle class” working classes world-wide, especially in the ‘‘‘capitalist core’’’ nation-states.”

“Beyond a certain stage, this growth of these “social forces of production” puts the capital “social relation of production” in dire jeopardy.  Further growth of this ‘self-reproductive self-force’ of humanity periodically subtracts more old capital-value, by ‘technodepreciation’, than it adds new capital-value, by reinvestment of profits augmented by increased rates of “relative surplus-value”.  It ‘‘‘dis-accumulates’’’ more old capital than it accumulates new capital formations.  It destroys more capital than it creates.”

“The core ruling class “political” and ideological reaction to this, their [circa 1880 C.E.] “top secret”, “economic” discovery that this is the case [e.g., their Nazi/“Eugenics” genocides; their “Third World” underdevelopment-enforcing, poverty-enforcing military dictatorships, funded and armed from the “First World”; their “People Are Pollution” pseudo-Environmentalist “movements”; their Zero [i.e., negative] Population Growth “movements”; their Zero [i.e. negative] Economic Growth “movements”; their “Small Is Beautiful” ideologies; their “Limits to Growth” ideologies, their “95% global population reduction” demand, etc., etc., ad nauseam] creates the ‘‘‘descendence phase’’’ of the capitalist epoch, with all of its acceleratedly-deepening horrors, which surround us, and permeate our lives, today, and which threaten a new and, this time, likely final, ‘“Dark Age”’ -- the self-annihilation of humanity -- if the working class does not awaken to this ruling-class global pogrom in time.”

“This ‘technodepreciation de-profitability’ “law” of capitalism is still a ruling class “top secret”, withheld from most of humanity even today.”

This ‘‘‘descendence’’’ will end either in the accession, of and by the majority of humanity, to ‘Global Renaissance’; to the next higher possible stage of global human society, the one that we call ‘Political-ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY’, or it will end in ‘‘‘the mutual ruin of the contending classes’’’ [Marx and Engels], i.e., in the ‘self-extinction’ of the human «species». ...







Saturday, September 09, 2017

Part 06 -- ‘The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole’.







Part 06 -- The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole.







Dear Readers,



FYI:  Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] has, recently, continued the postings, to the Application Page of the www.dialectics.org web site, of a new series of JPEG images, presenting The [Meta-] Systematic, Presentational Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole, by means of a sequence of [ostensively] improving NQ_ dialectical-mathematicalmeta-models of the [tables of] contents of Marx’s immanent critique thereof, both completed and planned --



For your convenience, I have also posted this sixth group of images in this new series below.


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Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison, and
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.
























Friday, September 08, 2017

Part 05 -- ‘The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole’.







Part 05 -- The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole.







Dear Readers,



FYI:  Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] has, recently, continued the postings, to the Application Page of the www.dialectics.org web site, of a new series of JPEG images, presenting The [Meta-] Systematic, Presentational Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole --



For your convenience, I have also posted this fifth group of images in this new series below.


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Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison, and
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.

























Monday, September 04, 2017

Part 04 -- ‘The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole’.







Part 04 -- The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole.







Dear Readers,



FYI:  Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] has, today, continued the postings, to the Application Page of the www.dialectics.org web site, of a new series of JPEG images, presenting The [Meta-]Systematic, Presentational Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole --



For your convenience, I have also posted this fourth group of images in this new series below.


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Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.

























Saturday, September 02, 2017

Part 03 -- ‘The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole’.







Part 03 -- The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole.







Dear Readers,



FYI:  Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] has, today, continued the postings, to the Application Page of the www.dialectics.org web site, of a new series of JPEG images, presenting The [Meta-]Systematic, Presentational Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole --



For your convenience, I have also posted this third group of images in this new series below.


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Regards,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.


























Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Part 02 -- ‘The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole’.








Part 02 -- The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole.







Dear Readers,



FYI:  Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] has, today, continued the postings, to the Application Page of the www.dialectics.org web site, of a new series of JPEG images, presenting The [Meta-]Systematic, Presentational Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole --



For your convenience, I have also posted this second pair of images in this new series below.


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Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.























Monday, August 28, 2017

Part 01 -- ‘The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole’.








Part 01 -- The Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole.







Dear Readers,



FYI:  Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] has, today, begun to post, to the Application Page of the www.dialectics.org web site, a new series of JPEG images, presenting The [Meta-]Systematic, Presentational Dialectic of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Political-Economics as a Whole --



For your convenience, I have also posted the first two images of this new series below.


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Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.























Sunday, August 27, 2017

CHARLES Fourier’s ‘‘‘Serialism’’’ -- ¿Precursor/Anticipation of the Seldonian Dialectic?








CHARLES Fouriers ‘‘‘Series-ism’’’ -- ¿Precursor/Anticipation of the Seldonian Dialectic?







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FYI:  A passage from a new, 2017 book on Marx’s «Das Kapital» has “caught the eye” of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] research community, with a passage on its page 36.

This passage intimates the existence of a Fourierist, and Proudhonist, ‘serial laws’ anticipation of the Seldonian Dialectic, one that may have also influenced Marx in his ‘‘‘systematic-dialectical’’’ construction of «Das Kapital».

More specifically, this passage intimates that the Fourierist and Proudhonist concepts of ‘serial laws’ may have anticipated the multi-categorial, poly-qualinomial series qualitative superpositionings’ [“superpositions” or “sums” of qualitatively differing terms -- not of purely quantitative terms, as per JOSEPH Fourier’s famous series], or non-amalgamative sums -- i.e., the multi-ontic cumula -- of ontological-category-representing symbols, as generated by a ‘‘‘Seldon Function’’’ -- i.e., by a self-reflexive function of an «arché» ontological category.

I have reproduced this whole passage, including its footnotes, below.

Elements of the F.E.D. research community are now seeking to corroborate, or to falsify, the claims of this passage.

The book is:  Marx’s Inferno:  The Political Theory of Capital, by William Clare Roberts, Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2017.

The findings of the F.E.D. research on the claims of this passage -- one way or another -- are likely to influence the further development of the content of the www.dialectics.org methodology page --




Dialogically Yours,


Miguel Detonacciones,

Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.







[pp. 36-37:]  There are in Proudhon’s writings of the 1840s numerous invocations of the promise of an economic science that would reveal the tendency toward order in human society and catalyze the development of that order.60

“In Qu’est-ce que la propriété? he summed up this prospective development by coining a phrase that would have a long life as another socialist myth:  “the sovereignty of the will gives way to the sovereignty of reason and ends up being replaced by a scientific socialism.”61 

“Proudhon’s notion of this incipient social science was heavily indebted to Charles Fourier’s conception of the “series,”62 the sum of an ordered succession of elements.63

The underlying idea is that the successivestagesorperiods” (époques) of history exhibit, in turn, successive principles, and that only at the end of the series will these opposed principles come into a harmonious interrelation.” [Emphases added by M.D.].

“As Proudhon put it, “while in nature the synthesis of contraries is contemporaneous with their opposition, in society the antithetic elements seem to be produced at long intervals, and to be resolved only after long and tumultuous agitation.”64

     “Because science is supposed to grasp the series, it must proceed through the elements of the series in turn, showing how any partial summation of the series, including any element on its own, is self-contradictory and inadequate from the point of view of justice.”

“Hence, science, in Proudhon’s sense must proceed methodically, following a determinate path, and may be said to pass from appearances -- the partial aspects of the world presented by each époque -- to the reality of the whole series.”

“As Proudhon put it, “to explain the system of the world, . . . one must leave the circle of appearances.”65

“This was the task Proudhon tried to accomplish in his Système. 


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60For examples, see What Is Property?, 17-20, 208-11; OC Oeuvres Complètes»; the Complete Works of Proudhon], 4:136-41, 338-42; System [System of Economical Contradictions:  Or, the Philosophy of Poverty.], 1:44, 55, 388-97; OC, 1:66, 75, 337-44; OC, 5:80-100, 405-51.”

61What Is Property?, 208-9; OC, 4:339.”

62Coincidentally, there were two Fouriers obsessed with series:  Charles, and the mathematician Joseph.  Victor Hugo, in Les Misèrables, wrote that “There was a celebrated Fourier, at the Academy of Science, whom posterity has forgotten; and in some garret an obscure Fourier, whom the future will recall” (I.III.1).  This prediction has turned out to be very nearly the opposite of the truth, as the Fourier series is integral to mathematics [and to contemporary physics -- M.D.] while the other series, and the other Fourier, if not forgotten, certainly have no import in the social sciences [the latter being, at least in part, a critique of the contemporary, ruling class ideologically-engineered, so-called “social” “sciences”, i.e., the capitalist ideologies of ‘linearoid’, ‘individualoid’ atomism, reflecting the profound mutual alienation among selves, and the self-alienation, that vitiates sociality, and human solidarity, in the modern, capitalist époque -- M.D.].”   

63Hoffman, Revolutionary Justice, 106-9; Crowder, Classical Anarchism, 112.”

64System, 1:129-30; OC, 1:135; compare What Is Property?, 19; OC, 4:19.”

65What Is Property?, 18; OC, 4:138.  Proudhon’s self-conception as a scientist has not aged well.  Even scholars very friendly to Proudhon, claim, e.g., that Proudhon’s “‘synthesis’ is quite artificial, claiming that it integrates without really doing so.” (Hoffman, Revolutionary Justice, 109).  Indeed, Proudhon himself may have been dissatisfied with this pretense for he largely dropped his claims to science after the disappointing reception of De la creation de l’ordre and Système des contradictions (Crowder, Classical Anarchism, 112).  There was, however, no point at which Proudhon either gave up his notion of historical development or his valorization of science as the outcome of that historical development.