Mnogostradalnaya: The Left and the Russian Revolution

November 6, 2017 Mbeljac 0

November 07 2017 marks the centennial of the putsch of Lenin and Trotsky, sometimes called the “Russian Revolution” and at other times “The Great October Socialist Revolution,” which could only end in the imposition of terror as it in fact did. I am interested in making some, brief, remarks about […]

Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

October 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too weird for so august a prize although oddly quantum mechanics, […]

On Philosophy With An Emancipatory Intent

July 9, 2017 Mbeljac 0

For those who hold that intellectual endeavour with an emancipatory intent requires adherence to this or that polysyllabic babble, and that analytic philosophy somehow necessarily entails conservative, at best, or reactionary, at worst, social and political dispositions and positions might want to consider a good interview with Noam Chomsky at […]

An Association of Ecological Socialists?

July 2, 2017 Mbeljac 0

I am thinking of helping to form a small affinity group of ecological socialists. The group could engage in political actions in solidarity with those conducting traditional forms of class struggle, most especially those possessing as their objective the emancipation of the working class, and ecological activism in solidarity with […]

The Limitations of Libertarian Municipalism

June 15, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Murray Bookchin is one of the 20th century’s most well known anarchists. His Post Scarcity Anarchism and Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism are by now anarchist classics. Furthermore, Bookchin played a very important role in the advent and development of the ecological movement. His ideas regarding “social ecology” there too […]

Thought Experiments and Epistemological Naturalism

May 7, 2017 Mbeljac 0

We tend to forget that thought experiments have a rich history, and moreover that they played a critical role in the scientific revolution. In my opinion, a critical reason why their role in the scientific revolution has not been emphasised is because of the dominance of empiricism in Anglo-American philosophy […]

Radionuclides and The Anthropocene

November 6, 2016 Mbeljac 0

We like to use the expression “the nuclear age” to describe that period of history following the detonation of the first nuclear explosive device. The nuclear age is one we continue to experience. I think it is best to view the “nuclear age” in a much broader context, what we […]