[Marxism] From a Notebook on Dialectics

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Fri Feb 28 09:54:45 MST 2014

To paraphrase, please use that conception of the dialectic in a 
completed practical problem; say for instance, a socialist approach to 
the conflict in the Ukraine and the IMF in the appropriate economic and 
social context. Anything such as that would do, anyplace where one feels 
one has sufficient knowledge of the variables, but how is such a 
description/elaboration of dialectical thought, however useful in 
perceiving abstractly the world in motion, practicable in action is my 
question. I would like to see it performed, credibly and clearly, in a 
contemporary context. I can't be the only one here for whom that's a 
problem, although presumably it was not a problem for Marx.
shaun may wrote

Taken in its movement, any object is a unity of arising and vanishing 
moments: a movement that identifies a passage from existence to 
non-existence with a passage from non-existence to existence. Thus 
in-itself every point of time is the relation of past and future (Hegel)

Every something, in its movement, is a synthesis of that which is coming 
into being and that which is passing away. The appearance of new 
determinations in the life of the 'something' is inextricably connected 
to the disappearance of other determinations. In their relation with 
each other, these determinations exist in conflict with each other. It 
is this conflict which animates the movement of the 'something' as a whole.
The movement from existence to non-existence is a passing away. The 
movement from non-existence to existence is an arising. Any moment of 
change is a unity of these opposed movements i.e. each moment of change 
in anything unites within itself these opposed movements. That which is 
coming into being is identified with that which is passing away and vice 
versa. However, at the same time, these movements are mutually distinct 
from, and opposed to, each other.

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