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By Max Haiven

This day, while it sort of feels like every thing has been privatized, whilst austerity is simply too frequently obvious as an fiscal or political challenge that may be solved via greater coverage, and while the belief of ethical values has been commandeered by means of the ideal, how will we re-imagine the forces used as guns opposed to group, unity, ecology and lifestyles itself?

In this stirring name to hands, Max Haiven argues that capitalism has colonized how all of us think and convey what's priceless. taking a look at the decline of the general public sphere, the corporatization of schooling, the privatization of creativity, and the facility of finance capital against the facility of the mind's eye and the expansion of up to date social activities, Haiven offers a strong argument for growing an anti-capitalist commons. Capitalism isn't in main issue, it is the problem, and relocating past it's the in simple terms key to survival.

Crucial interpreting for all these wondering the imposition of austerity and hoping for a fairer destiny past it.

Listen to Haiven talk about the ebook at the KPFA (Berkeley, CA) convey Against the Grain

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National sovereignty may be spoken of in the sense that a nation is indeed an independent unit in its external relations and constitutes a state of its own", etc. 28 Karl Marx That is triviality. If the king is the "actual sovereignty of the state", it ought to be possible for "the king" to count as an "independent state" also in external relations, even without the people. But if he is sovereign inasmuch as he represents the unity of the nation, then he himself is only the representative, the symbol, of national sovereignty.

And from the particular nature of the state, but from the general relationship of necessity to freedom. It is exactly the same transition as is effected in logic from the sphere of essence to the sphere of the concept. T h e same transition is made in the philosophy of nature from inorganic nature to life. It is always the same categories which provide the soul, now for this, now for that sphere. It is only a matter of spotting for the separate concrete attributes the corresponding abstract attributes.

But, firstly, "it", "the abstract actuality" or "substantiality", is the state's necessity. Secondly, it is it ["the abstract actuality" or "substantiality"] which "divides u p into the conceptual differentiations of its activities". The "conceptual differentiations" are "by virtue of that substantiality equally actual, concrete" attributes, authorities. Thirdly, "substantiality" is no longer treated as an abstract attribute of the state, as "its" substantiality; substantiality as such is made the subject, for we are told, finally, that "this very substantiality, having passed through the phase of education, is mind knowing and willing itself".

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