On labels, tactics, understanding reality, and strains in the leftward progression

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ERIC SCHECHTER—The first kind is regarding attitudes and intention. At the far right are the politicians of the Democratic and Republican parties, who want to make the rich richer, and have no concern at all for anyone else. The people who I would call “centrists” in attitude are the people who believe that life is unavoidably a race with winners and losers, but at least we should try to give everyone an equal start…



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3 thoughts on “On labels, tactics, understanding reality, and strains in the leftward progression

  1. I too play chess on an amatuer level and appreciate it for its order and symmetry. I play every day with my wife or a member of my extended family. I am one of the best and enjoy winning but it does not break my heart when I lose. One thing is certain: chess is a brutal, cruel and competitive game and the punishment is loss. However, my wife whom I taught to to play chess several decades ago is pretty good, sometimes beats me in our daily bout and is happy when she wins and asks “Am I brava?” But she does NOT feel the competitiveness. Most in my own family do feel competiveness and create a certain “chess” heirarchy. But I have almost learned from her not to feel dejected or inferior after a loss . In that sense I, like Eric, desire to lose the sense of competitiveness, which is inherent in those steps toward Socialism, he sketches. My own development has been toward a complete rejection of reformism even though it would be a very good thing to have a free for everyone National Health Service, a meaningful step towards which would be to stop using this Single Payer Heath euphemism.

    1. I agree with Eric that chess, like math, has a certain intrinsic beauty–and as with math, one doesn’t discover that beauty without making a certain effort to “play” it WELL. And it strikes me as pretty obvious that those who play it best (in chess, if not necessarily math) tend to be pretty competitive. All you have to do is watch online coverage of world championship or of an elite invitation-only grandmaster event like the Sinquefield Cup (held annually in St. Louis) and hear the interviews afterwards to realize how true that is. Yet many of these players, fierce rivals while a game is in progress, are even close friends; even when that isn’t the case, they manage to show a fair bit of civility and respect for one another’s talent and skill.

      Depending on their metaphysical commitments, people can debate endlessly whether humanity is just another animal species. But it’s undeniable that our evolution as animals is important in determining what and who we are. I believe the animal evidence confirms that BOTH competitiveness and caring are significant parts of our animal heritage. It’s also clear that we as a species have a certain amount of PLASTICITY: we’re not deterministically bound by any particular trait of our animal makeup. But that DOESN’T mean we can easily escape the features of our evolutionary makeup, nor that we should quickly conclude certain prominent features of that makeup are worthless.

      Both evidence-based reason and our moral impulses (or instincts?) should exercise sway over what we do with the various traits conferred by our evolutionary heritage. I believe reason counsels, among other things, that human plasticity is NOT unlimited. So we should also consider that excessive attempts to renounce our evolutionary “purely animal” heritage might return to haunt us.

      I actually suspect that the (friendly) argument between Eric and me here is really in its infancy as an evidence-based study and is FAR from being settled in favor of either party. I simply counsel respecting cautions about thinking ourselves above our evolutionary heritage like the one I cited in the two paragraphs above. Simply denouncing all competitiveness as evil may TRAGICALLY backfire on us–as the attempt to impose sobriety through prohibition backfired on U.S. society.

  2. For me, it was figure skating until I realized that I don’t want to compete. Such a notion is almost blasphemy in our culture! I skated for the personal physical challenge, and as a way of expressing joy for the beauty in life itself, in spite of all the darkness and evil — a sort of defiance to evil. If we had a reality-based culture, we would find a balance between competitive and cooperative efforts, and value both.

    That said, no, I don’t see any indications of interest in outgrowing the “race, with winners and losers.” In this era, we are called upon to Stand in Solidarity with the middle class (recently revised to “working class”), discarding those who lose (the poor). Think back to both Occupy and “the Berners.” Occupy began as an extraordinary people’s movement. But it was quickly redefined (by Dem pols and liberal media) as a middle class movement alone. The rest of us — the poor, and those who get why today’s war on the poor matters — finally walked away, and that was the end of Occupy as a movement. Sen. Sanders used to espouse democratic socialism, and spoke out powerfully about US poverty and the poor. He recognized that poverty is proof of the failures of our capitalism, and called for legitimate poverty relief and programs. That doesn’t sell to post-Clinton America, so he dropped the issue with his 2016 campaign. Many noticed.

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