Philosophy: Prologue - The Value of Power - A few introductory thoughts June 6, 2013Read Now
A prologue of sorts by way of an explanation.
This blog is dedicated to the people of the world and to their hopes.
I have been thinking of starting this blog for sometime now, and finally, here it is. I admit, I have been prompted by the current event happening outside of my own window nightly here in Istanbul, Turkey. The Gezi Park protests continue to grow and, in m my opinion, in a manner strikingly similar to many other protests around the globe, what is happening here is exciting and dangerous, breaking new ground in the focus, force, and potential of massive political dissent.
To begin, two basic questions are on the table based upon the title of this series. One, what do I mean by the value of power, and two, does the answering of the first question carry any practical meaning, apart from theoretical bantering? Over the course of my attention span to this blog, I will answer both of those questions. To do this will require several vantage points, and the main structure of my argument will be based upon three "conceptual-chapters."
PLEASE NOTE: I will not be writing of these chapters in order as they appear. They are overall guidelines that I will later organize into their specify "conceptual chapters" in an actual book, hardcopy and layer out for your enjoyment.
This blog series will actually begin by covering Conceptual Chapter Two.
The Conceptual Chapters (Main Ideas) include:
In Chapter One, Psychological Metaphysics, I will argue that the ontological base of 'everyday reality' is organic in essence, and that this has practical effects on our social construction and sense of identity. (Phenomenological Oppression)
Chapter Two, God and the State, concerns the historical rise of modern economics, politics, and religion, and how these interplay with the phenomenology of experience as explored in the previous chapter. (Relational Materialism and the creation of 'citizen X')
Chapter Three, Authority and Citizen X, deals with the practical considerations of the previous two chapters, and explores possible questions and solutions raised by my thesis. (practical revolution action)
I will be discussing a wide range of authors and philosophers, from Freud, Skinner, and Darwin to Hegel, Bartky, and Foucault, and my entire concept is informed by two basic assumptions:
One, that the essence of human existence is organic, incompletely defined for now as "functioning as a symbiotic whole."
Two, that meaningful social change is possible and requires a political structure adapted to the new paradigm of socio-political interaction. In short, a revolution. Not necessarily of the people against the state, though that has happened, is happening, and will continue to happen, but a revolution of the state against itself, we could say, a re-valuation of direction, organization, and scope.
My feeling, based on recent global events from Tunisia, Syria, and Egypt as well as on consideration of the growth of Occupation movements in The United States and Turkey, is that a paradigm of thought has shifted in the younger generations, the gençler, and the existing political mechanisms and conventions are at radical odds with the needs of the people on a global scale.
This is why the question, what is the value of power, is important to me, why it is worth asking and exploring, because the answer to these questions will help shed light on important considerations for the possibility of foundational and meaningful large-scale social change.