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Why Class Matters
Just to reiterate my main point: real utopias become viable when they span these two strategies, taming and eroding capitalism. That’s why it’s different from old-fashioned Bernsteinian evolutionary socialism. The role of the state in such a transformational project is to defend and expand the spaces in which alternatives are built from below, rather than for the state to provide, to be the central actor in the provision of needs.
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yesterday by petej
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Smoked BBQ pork loin with honey-orange glaze and grilled veggies, all on the with some cherry wood.
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october 2018 by jerrythepunkrat
What did Max Weber mean by the ‘spirit’ of capitalism? | Aeon Ideas
This modern ‘ethic’ or code of values was unlike any other that had gone before. Weber supposed that all previous ethics – that is, socially accepted codes of behaviour rather than the more abstract propositions made by theologians and philosophers – were religious. Religions supplied clear messages about how to behave in society in straightforward human terms, messages that were taken to be moral absolutes binding on all people. In the West this meant Christianity, and its most important social and ethical prescription came out of the Bible: ‘Love thy neighbour.’

The proliferation of knowledge and reflection on knowledge had made it impossible for any one person to know and survey it all. In a world which could not be grasped as a whole, and where there were no universally shared values, most people clung to the particular niche to which they were most committed: their job or profession. They treated their work as a post-religious calling, ‘an absolute end in itself’, and if the modern ‘ethic’ or ‘spirit’ had an ultimate found­ation, this was it.
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june 2018 by aries1988
Approaching awe, a moral, spiritual, and aesthetic emotion (Keltner and Haidt)
Gives an analysis of prototypical awe as being characterized by vastness (in size, social rank, etc.) and accommodation (inability to assimilate an experience [to existing mental/conceptual structures]) (as opposed to elaborated). Also analyzes primordial awe (as opposed to elaborated awe) as being the phenomenon of someone's superiority in power causing feelings of fear, threat, and dread.
Interesting examples from Bhagavad Gita (Arjuna) and the Bible (St Paul). Also good points from Weber about the social and 'inside-out' nature of awe.
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may 2018 by nikomoeller
Marx, labor and the problem with Kathi Weeks | The Real Movement
Marx’s own criticism of labor had nothing to do with this — he argued the laborer herself would become superfluous under the capitalist mode of production. Postone, who Weeks cites at one point, make the same point in his own book. The idea that labor and the working class itself would become superfluous — i.e., that a great mass of workers would themselves become unnecessary to the production of material wealth — never appears in Weeks’ book. The desperate demand of the working class for jobs is but a reflex of the material reality that, for the production of real wealth, it is entirely redundant.

Is there a connection between the superfluity of labor and the sudden cessation of labor’s demand for fewer hours? How would we know, since Weeks has no idea these two events meet in the Great Depression; when the overworked millions, who took to the street of Europe and the United States to demand reduction of hours of labor, were replaced by millions of unemployed workers in every advanced country, who no longer demand freedom from work but were forced to beg for work — any work, even in the defense industries where the means for their own destruction were built.
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march 2018 by petej
Carl Maria von Weber Gesamtausgabe (WeGA)
This digital edition of Carl Maria von Weber's works - currently in progress - will complement the printed critical edition of his compositions. The edition will include his correspondence, diaries, and other writings, in HTML and XML transcriptions, as well as in facsimile (when possible). The site also includes biographical information, images, an index of works, and indexes of people, places, and works mentioned in the writings.

Maintained by: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
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february 2018 by HarvardMusicLib

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