June 4th, 2012


Camofalanged as Science

Brief meditations on a common, usually-misleading tactic in discourse;

Predicting a response from a particular (type of?) opponent and mentioning it before that response, often using the opportunity to characterise it.

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I've read enough of Eduard Bernstein to feel that he's a central figure in socialist theory and someone I could claim as being inspirational for my politics. Our intuitions are similar enough that I have found criticisms I've made of Marxian thought done back before the turn of the 20th century with almost the same details in Bernstein, despite my having independently developed them.

As of present, I can say that if I wanted to quickly describe my politics in terms of existing political philosophers, I'd say:

Begin with Trotskyite-flavoured Marxism, then abandon dialectical materialism, democratic centralism, and marxian economics, incorporate the revisionism from Bernstein but hedge on his commitment to democratic means for a transition to socialism, adopting an interest in either revolution or gradualism as determined by pragmatism.

I do have substantial other developments, such as the critical importance of social-value reform and the central role of universities/academia/personal development in enacting socialism, but so far those are ideas I have not seen from others.

If you want to read Bernstein on a fairly obscure topic (that has long been interesting to me), there's his analysis of the Christian communist movements in the time of Cromwell I.

If you have any question about my political philosophy, my thoughts in general, or anything, ask in a comment (on the LJ mirror of my blog) and I'll probably answer you.


Powershell and talking to running apps

I am committed to Unix, but sometimes I worry that the development culture we have is leading us to fall behind on some important fronts. We have a great commandline (and OSX, being a Unix, shares ours), but it looks like PowerShell might be pulling ahead of us in its ability to talk to running apps. In theory we could fix this; KDE apps generally have this capability, and some non-KDE apps (like firefox and GIMP) have a limited command-ability via scripts, but that's not good enough; it's not competitive with the Windows PowerShell infrastructure at this point, and I'm not sure how we can fix it. In theory we have three frameworks that might be an adequate foundation for what we need; KDE-dcop, GNOME Bonobo, and GNOME D-Bus. Are they good enough? How can we make their use for this as common as PowerShell's snap-in infrastructure?