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The phrase “cultural Marxism is a conspiracy theory” (or the claim that cultural Marxism is a “myth”) has become a mindless meme (or simply a cliché) in many circles. This is odd. There have been literally thousands of self-described “Marxists” in academia and other parts of UK and US culture over the last nine decades or so . And there are thousands of quotes from such people in which they’ve been very explicit about what it is they want to do.

What is it they wanted to do?

Such people wanted to bring about a cultural revolution. (Sure, they may not have always used those exact words.) Others Marxists believed that — in a traditional Marxist manner — it is political (i.e., violent) revolution which is really what’s needed. Thus Trad Marxists believed that tinkering with culture is to tinker with mere epiphenomena. Nonetheless, when it comes down to it, both cultural Marxism and political (or Trad) Marxism are accepted by nearly all Marxists. In other words, this is the political tactic of embracing “any means necessary” (as Franz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre and Malcom X put it) in order to destroy capitalism. …

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It seems bizarre that the very idea of a deep state is automatically deemed to be a “conspiracy theory” when all that term means is (on most definitions at least) that there are many individuals, groups and institutions which are separate from — and independent of — governments but which still have varying degrees of political power. In addition, it’s most certainly the case that these individuals, groups and institutions directly (or indirectly) influence governments. Either that, or they assert their political power directly (i.e., by simply bypassing governments entirely).

But firstly let’s clarify the title of this piece.

I use the plural “Deep States” in the title because I don’t believe that there’s a single Deep State —i.e., the Deep State — at all. There are many groups, institutions and even individuals that and who can be said to fulfil that role. Of course it can now be said that if that’s the case, then why use the word “state” at all? Surely a state is a single somewhat politically homogenised and circumscribed entity. Well; yes and no. That is, even when the singular Deep State is referred to, it can still be argued that this state isn’t entirely homogenous either. There will always rough edges around such a state. And there’ll also be conflicting definitions as to what the Deep State is. Indeed all that can even be said of the (as it were) Actual State — i.e., the state we read about every day and which we all know. When it comes to the State (i.e., not the Deep State) itself, arguments also arise as to what it is and what belongs to it. So states aren’t entirely homogenous and circumscribed either. Indeed on some — or many — accounts, literally “all citizens belong to the state”. This renders the ideas of both a state and the Deep State problematic. …

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Left: Badiou’s book ‘In Praise of Mathematics’. Right: Alain Badiou in 2011 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Alain Badiou (1937-) is a French philosopher. At one point he was the chair of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure (ENS) and founder (with Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Jean-François Lyotard) of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Université de Paris VIII. He’s now René Descartes Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School. Badiou has also been involved in a politics and political organisations since early in his life. Indeed he has often commented on both French and global political affairs.

More relevantly to this piece, Badiou has a strong mathematical background. He’s the son of the mathematician Raymond Badiou (1905–1996). And, according to Badiou himself, by 1967 he “already had a solid grounding in mathematics and logic”. Badiou again describes his own history when he tells us that he studied “contemporary mathematics in greater depths by taking the first two years of university math”. He then goes on to say that “[t]his was from 1956 to 1958, my first two years at at the École Normale Supérieure”. …

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Medium articles have a “Responses” option after every article or post. And I’ve received my fair share of responses to my articles. Indeed I’m very happy to receive both critical and positive feedback. I also reply to nearly all responses… Or, more accurately, I reply to nearly all the responses which mention at least some of the detail in the article itself.

The problem is that I’d say that 8 out of 10 of those who “respond” (note the scare quotes) to my political articles haven’t read them. So they didn’t actually respond to the articles at all!

My guess is that, at best, such people read the title and then they emotionally responded to it. And, partly because of that quick-fired emotional response, they then very quickly glanced through the article. But, at worst, many people have clearly only responded to the title alone! …

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The following words are some of the things said in a video which was posted on YouTube on the 15th of November, 2020. The video is called ‘So what exactly are white people superior at?’. The words are all spoken by black people and they’re all aimed at white people:

White people are “ignorant” and “dicks”. They “lack empathy”, suffer from “self-delusion” and indulge in “manipulation”. White people are “superior at” such things as “lying”, “pretending”, “blame”, “feeling victimised”, “cheating”, “withholding information”, “violence”, “being killers”, “stealing ideas”, “the destruction of humanness”, “insecurity”, “fear”, “letting their egos control their every move”, “congratulating themselves over shit that they’re incompetent at”, “lack of empathy”, “self-delusion”, “lying, stealing, and cheating”, “genocide”, “taking our ideas”… Indeed “white people are not superior with anything”… ad infinitum. …

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The following piece explains a particular symbolic expression (or version) of Kurt Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem. It also includes a particular expression (or example) of a Gödel sentence (i.e., “This statement is false” — this link takes you to a humorous entry!). In terms of the actual symbols used, this representation of the theorem expresses a (slight) philosophical and logical bias. So it’s worth noting that almost every symbolisation of the theorem is unique — if sometimes only in tiny detail. (In logic and mathematical logic there’s the common phenomenon of various symbolic “dialects” competing with — or simply complementing — each other.) And this representation and explanation exclude all the other details which surround the bare theorem itself. Indeed this symbolic representation alone doesn’t prove or demonstrate anything. And even when the symbols are defined or interpreted, that’s still the case. …

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i) Introduction
ii) Only Rightwingers Believe in Conspiracy theories?
iii) Marxist (Conspiracy) Theory
iv) Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories
v) Conclusion

For a long time I had a serious problem with conspiracy theories*. Almost all of them! Indeed I still do. Yet in recent years - or even in recent months! - the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” have become omnipresent. It seems that far too many people have started throwing these terms around like confetti. (*I’ve written five articles on the subject — all with a basically negative slant on conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists. See, for example, my People’s Politics Determines Their Conspiracy Theories’ and ‘Conspiracies vs. …

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Terrible news has just come in about the tragic death of Edith Tanner. Due to the pandemical Covid-n-n-n-n-19, Edith died at the young age of 105. She was suffering from brain cancer, severe respiratory problems and lung disease at the time of her death… And she’d also been shot through the head five times and then run over by two artic lorries just before dying of Covid-n-n-n-n-19.

So what should we do to save the world from the Great Covidation? How should we rid our nice world of this Terrible Plague?

I believe that the lockdowns should be a lot severer and far more all-encompassing than they now are. I believe that the universe itself should be locked down. I also believe that God Himself should wear a mask and self-isolate. Indeed I believe that everyone should stay at home for — at the very least!— then next 50 years. And anyone who doesn’t stay at home should be put in the Gulag and medically experimentally upon in the hope of finding a vaccine to cure this terrible problem of life — Death. …

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“The paradise offered by the culture industry is the same old drudgery.” ― Theodor W. Adorno

“When I made my theoretical model, I could not have guessed that people would try to realise it with Molotov cocktails.” — Adorno

“The distinction between true and false consciousness, real and immediate interest still is meaningful… Men must come to see it and to find their way from false to true consciousness, from their immediate to their real interest. They can do so only if they live in need of changing their way of life…” — Herbert Marcuse (from his book, One-Dimensional Man)

Two definitions of “false…

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Penrose in 2011 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Roger Penrose is not only a mathematical physicist: he’s also a pure mathematician. So it’s not a surprise that Penrose expresses the deep relation between mathematics and the world (or nature) in the following way:

“[T]he more deeply we probe the fundamentals of physical behaviour, the more that it is very precisely controlled by mathematics.”

What’s more:

“[T]he mathematics that we find is not just of a direct calculational nature; it is of a profoundly sophisticated character, where there is subtlety and beauty of a kind that is not to be seen in the mathematics that is relevant to physics at a less fundamental level.” …

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