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A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies(II): Ultimate Faith (4-5)
By Sherwin Lu   2019-04-16
... aspects of ultimate faith -- limited possibility and misleading ambiguity of verbalization, and its symbolic and intuitive nature – inevitably lead to the diversity in ways of presentation... Given the differences in geographical environment, cultural tradition and other subjective and objective conditions, the above-said diversity is not only natural but necessary and beneficial, not detrimental, to the sublimation of human spirit in general....
Mature Ultimate Faith in the Undivided “One” -- A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies (III-1)
By Sherwin Lu   2019-04-01
A mature ultimate faith transcends all binary oppositions, including that between “mind” and “matter”, or between “the subject” and “the object”. What is believed in as the ultimate reality must embrace whatever is imagined to be existing, not missing anything. It must be all-in-one without distinction between “primary” and “secondary”.... This “unity” must not be presented only as a juggling of words but first be realized in cognitive understanding, that is, be understood as an ultimate unity of everything without any kinds of differentiation, such as between a physical world (e.g., “matter” as opposed to “mind”) and a specific form of spirit (e.g., “God the creator” as opposed to creatures or “the created”).
Multi-Dimensional Balance out of Ultimate Intangibility -- A Critique of Rationalism in Modern World Ideologies (III-2)
By Sherwin Lu   2019-03-16
The ultimate origin of all existence is not anything substantial or tangible; it is only unlimited potentialities, neither material nor spiritual,... The basic principle of ultimate rationality is actually determined by the causal conditions for the emergence of the human-perceived world, i.e., by the limitedness of human consciousness, as is manifested in the multi-stage structure and outcome of human cognition.
DAOIST-LEGALIST SOCIALISM: One with real Chinese characteristics (Table of contents)
By Sherwin Lu   2019-03-01
Though socialism in the Marxist sense has suffered serious setbacks, it is still a new and vibrant thing if viewed in the macro-historical perspective. It’s practice over half the world for almost a whole century has left behind a rich treasury of both positive experiences and negative lessons. When the wisdom from such newest human experiences is combined with that from the long-standing tradition of the only one surviving ancient civilization, the spiritual power thus produced, one can imagine, must be world-shaking and long-lasting. Therefore, as more and more people over the globe are looking for ways different from liberal capitalism for running human affairs, what this book presents will surely provide much needed food for thought, to say the least.
Eastern Wisdom Can Help Solve Today’s Global Problems -- A Study of the “Dynamically-Balanced Multi-Dimensional Whole” World View
By Sherwin Lu   2019-02-01
we need a comprehensive world view which can be used to best analyze all natural and socio-historical phenomena. Fortunately, there is one, which can be summarized as the “Dynamically-Balanced Multi-Dimensional Whole” world view, or the Dynamic-Whole view for short.
Equality in Political discourse vs. Inequality in Economic Relations (3-4): False dichotomies between false concepts
By Sherwin Lu   2018-11-06
Since labor and capital should “share some common interest”, business management is a kind of “public” matter and should be run on the political principle of democracy, which latter depends on equal rights to social-economic resources. Therefore, genuine freedom and democracy must be based on labor-capital equality in ownership of means of production.
David Kotz speaks on the demise of the Soviet Union and its impact on the Socialist Movement (video)
By David Kotz   2018-04-26
Re-Present the History of Global Civilization with Qinghai-Tibet Plateau as the Coordinate Center
By Zhai Yuzhong (翟玉忠)   2018-03-01
I hope we Chinese will free ourselves from the limit of the Western perspective and learn to view the world from the standpoint in the outer space high above us. Then we will see that it is none other than the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Earth’s third pole, that is the dividing point between different human civilizations... When you tour through the mountains and rivers all over the earth, looking again into the global mosaic of diverse ethnic cultures with a heart full of brotherly feelings, you will find a totally different world and that will be a new start of mankind’s future...
Go beyond Physical Short-Sightedness and Return to the Metaphysical Ultimate
By Sherwin Lu   2017-02-01
Chinese civilization never depended for the spread of its culture on military power but on the moral strength of its thought tradition. Military actions should be adopted for self-defense only, just to counter anti-Dao violence. Any thought or culture that attempts to impose itself on others would never belong to nor represent traditional Chinese civilization – it would just be an ideology. History has proved once and again that any thought, culture and civilization that embodies the ultimate moral justice would unfailingly be transformed sooner or later into undefeatable material strength which can resist or absorb any vicious force that runs counter to the Supreme Way, even though it might, possibly due to its own faults, be subjected to temporary setbacks by momentarily powerful enemies. Just as what Lenin once quoted from Krylov’s Fables, the eagle may sometimes fly lower than a chicken, but a chicken can never soar as high as an eagle.
Traditional Socialism(3): Unidimensional Political Economy & Dualistic “Democratic Centralism”
By Sherwin Lu   2017-01-01
Marxist political economy, by revealing that capital, with its domination over labor, has usurped the whole surplus value from social production, has successfully provided in economic terms the theoretical rationale for the final elimination of the exploitation system rooted in private ownership of means of production... However, there are deficiencies in this theory due to lack of dimensions in the way of thinking... ...Just as the philosophy of dialectical materialism is dualistic in failing to unify mind and matter into a transcendental oneness, the traditional socialist principle of “democratic centralism” as an application of that philosophy, phrased as “centralism based on democracy and democracy guided by centralism [the center]” is also dualistic in evading the fundamental question: Which of the two, “democracy” or “centralism”, or something even more essential, should have the ultimate authority?
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