202208102148 plan for all resources

3 Video Types

  1. 📈 Presentations (covers 1. and 2.2 of [[ 202204260021 Different video types|difference video types ]])
  2. 🪞 Reflections-into-self (2.1 of different video types)
  3. 👀 Speculations (2.3 and 3 of [[ 202204260021 Different video types|different video types ]])

(1.): technical introductions, historical discussions
(2.): self-reflections, the possibilities of the project
(3.): analyses of contemporary media / society
2022-12-11: (3.) consists in the explicitly downstream (=> analyses of discrete pieces of media) and the implicitly downstream (=> analyses of social phenomena writ large)
2023-01-21: expanded list of subtypes, here

¶1. The expanded and condensed divisions established in [[ 202204260021 Different video types ]] concern a fully developed YouTube channel, what I want to work towards. Thus, for instance, dialectics and analytics can be invoked once I have the technical introductions in place against which the audience can refer back.

¶2. I intend for the YouTube channel to be something like a hub of collective learning, not presenting. Hereby, the initial videos will both be (1) points of entrance for the viewers into the liberal arts (2) tools whereby they can begin to critically analyze my own videos (3) points of self-reflection to witness (a) the inadequacy of the liberal arts (b) the inadequacy of any synchronic presentation at any time (c) the need for constant revision with time. List-wise:

  1. entrance into the liberal arts
  2. tools for public discussion
  3. points of self-reflection on
    1. inadequacy of the liberal arts
    2. inadequacy of synchronic presentation
    3. necessity of constant revision

Online Resources

Reading List

¶3. Resource-development must have at least 2 stages, though more may be necessary. In the first stage, the 7 liberal arts will be expressed as ideal types of intellectual activity, with a view towards their position in the modern world; the first half of the video should concern key, core tactics for thought which promote individuality, resistance to external coercion 2023-01-02:

  1. grammar - clear word usage (sentence diagrams)
  2. logic - conceptual consistency (Porphyrian tree, Euler Diagrams)
  3. rhetoric - motive self-consciousness (Burke’s pentad)
  4. arithmetic -
  5. geometry -
  6. music/harmony -
  7. astronomy -

Both (1) a video and (2) a brief handbook on each topic should exist. Both the video and the handbook should include:

  1. Core tactics, as illustrated through:
    1. a brief survey of historical sources
    2. a narrative of problems and their solutions over time
    3. a brief survey of contemporary sources
    4. a conceptual toolkit from
      1. ancient sources
      2. contemporary sources
  2. promotion of individuality, mirroring the true whole
    1. Negating encroachments on individuality
    2. Positing a genuine individual freedom

A brief survey of authorities:

discipline authority
logic Aristotle, Kant; Boole, Frege, Wittgenstein, Peirce, Quine
grammar Miriam Joseph
rhetoric Aristotle, Cicero, Quintillian, Burke, I. A. Richards, Groupe µ
arithmetic Nichomachus
geometry Euclid, Riemann, Einstein
harmony Longinus, Vitruvius, Aristoxenus
astronomy Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton

¶4. In the second stage, the liberal arts will be expressed in their public-critical function; these again should proceed doubly, as (1)

  1. dialogic - clear word transmission (models of communication)
  2. dialectic - propositional consistency (syllogistic figures, propositional logic)
  3. persuasion and deception - self-presentation (Goffman’s diagrams)
  4. statistics
  5. reconnaissance
  6. performance
  7. theurgy

Again, the above should include a video and a brief handbook, composed of:

  1. Core tactics
  2. Promotion of cooperation, mirroring the true whole
    1. Negating of competitive-paranoid thinking
    2. Positing a genuine collective freedom
discipline authority
dialectic Aristotle, Hegel, Marx
dialogic Plato, Buber, Husserl, Levinas, Habermas
persuasion any contemporary business theorist
statistics Laplace
reconaissance Bible, Art of War
performance Greek Tragedians, Aristotle, Shakespeare
theurgy Proclus, Iamblichus, Emerson, Crowley

¶5. In the third stage, technical disciplines adjacent to the liberal arts but now endemic to the modern world will be introduced:

  1. economics
  2. ethics
  3. sociology
  4. anthropology
  5. psychology
  6. political science

¶5. In the fourth stage, technical aspects of each discipline will be raised:

  1. semiotics; semantics; argumentation theory
  2. linguistic “codes”; prescriptive/descriptive disputes
  3. mass media theory; discourse formation and analysis; marketing
  4. probabilistic inference; theory of groups
  5. urban studies; production of space; control of space
  6. race/gender theory; queering;
  7. human impotence; self-actualization
discipline authority
semiotics Peirce, Dewey, Hegel, Derrida, Saussure, Ogden/Richards
argumentation Toulmin
mass media, propaganda Baudrillard, McLuhan, Hitler, Bernays, Ellul
discourse theory Foucault, Agamben, Habermas, Adorno/Horkheimer, Latour
inference, groups Dewey, Bernays, Habermas, Lippmann
urban studies David Harvey, Lefebvre
queering Sedgewick, Paglia, Butler
impotence Freud
self-actualization Jung, Maslow, Kohlberg

¶6. In the fifth stage, philosophy will be presented as the queen of the sciences and debate. By this, I mean that thought itself will be shown to be the truth of all previous disciplines and that, thereby, the cultivation of self is the cultivation of thought, and these are identical with the cultivation of the species.

¶6. With these in place, and perhaps along side them, speculations can proceed as self-consciously informed by the entirety of the above. In this way, two things will be fulfilled. First, the public will have a concrete reference-point for the analytical possibilities demanded of speculative videos. Second, the public will be able to achieve a degree of self-edification in all of the liberal arts, a move which will speculatively elevate the entirety of the species above itself. Third, a new sphere of human actionability and research will be opened up - public liberation as a scientific enterprise.

¶7. Here we will conceive of the totality as determinately concerned with all aspects of human communication praxis insofar as they are human and practicable. That is, no special ethics or issues-at-hand need be raised other than that which makes communication and self-formation possible. The aim is to make the finality of the project political - the call for universal internet access. This will now be able to be said to be in place because a complete curriculum for self-edification, at its most basic level, will exist therein. This limited unity, it will be held, will neither be a set of skills aimed at the accrual of capital, nor at anything else but the final completion of the human spirit.

¶8. As these resources are put into place, the method of dialogical intercourse must also be installed, so, either on discord or on slack, common discussion may be had about the tasks of self-cultivation, human liberation, and perfection. These will ultimately be oriented towards the liberatory praxis of politics, but not as hitherto conceived. Rather, it will be oriented as politics already at work. Heron we will begin the rallying of human resources together for a new kind of engineering, a new kind of discipline, which will make possible human communication without the bounds of monetary intercourse. Minds at this time will begin experimentation on a new semantics of value, so that money as hitherto conceived will be rendered inadequate. Instead, we will take up something which will allow first the pooling of resources, then the pooling of opportunity, then the pooling of property. The pooling of property will be the final move, such that ownership and possession will be tied up with ethical dicta. Hereon we will begin the instantiation of a new period in human history, attempting to resurrect the past on new footing.

¶9. Indeed, instead of socialism based on the worker’s movement, whose end will be the freedom of all being the condition of each, we will instead say that socialism is to be based on the movement for concrete liberation of the working man, in whatever station he finds himself. Given that proletarianization is almost entirely complete, instead of the proletariat understood as a revolutionary subject per se, the concrete human person will be that subject, since he is everywhere a proletarian. The bourgeoisie has in this way sundered itself, rendering its contradiction even more intense than in the past. Though capital holders exist, the universalization of the production process has rendered their capital holdings subject to ever-greater accruals by competition, meaning that their holdings are unstable. What we must do is replace this proletarianization as an ontological state of universal human precarity with something transcending it. Instead of the workers’ calls for democracy, we will instead have the concrete working-man’s concrete demand for self-actualization, a demand he has already begun to fulfill through the universal introductions to the liberal arts.

¶10. Hereby we will establish a new kind of social credit, the credit of liberation itself. Though the details must be engineered in the midst of practice, for now we say that this will entail the institution of a new mode of social epistemology. Rather than epistemology being semiotically couched in ontological precarity, vis-a-vis the cash-nexus on pain of death, we will instead adduce a social semiotics of ontological stability, of abundance, vis-a-vis our new instrument on pleasure of life. This, that we will measure value not negatively towards-death but positively towards-life, is the embryonic form of this liberation. Men will not act out of fear that they cannot survive. Instead, their survival voluntarily guaranteed, life and its free spontaneity will dissolve the fear of death in itself as a finite moment of its infinite power. Love will win, and nothing will be left but to act in a virtuously self-reconstructive cycle of mutual, interactive love. All fear of want, all greedy impulses, will be suffocated beneath the bureaucracy of love, the rules and procedures engineered so that the system itself cannot be broken, the checks and balances of moral self-movement.

¶11. What will follow herefrom is, I hope, a semiotic explosion. With a mass line in place, a revolutionary party will be free to form itself on its material successes. Hereon the bourgeoisie will be liquidated, all assets will be transferred to the structures engineered before. Previously ‘free’ market mechanisms will be under the control of social abundance, so that being-towards the thing in question will, once more, be positive and not negative. All things will be free, insofar as they can be “had.” One, on this new view, cannot have whatever invokes a negativity in some other person. This will deeply circumscribe market possibilities, since hitherto desire and death have been in an endlessly obscure dialectic.

¶12. The most difficult move will be making food and housing available for all members of the society, though this is a task which we cannot avoid.

a full list of videos:

  1. logic
  2. grammar
  3. rhetoric
  4. arithmetic
  5. geometry
  6. music/harmony
  7. astronomy

  8. dialectic
  9. dialogic
  10. persuasion and seduction
  11. statistics
  12. reconnaissance
  13. performance
  14. theurgy

  15. economics
  16. ethics
  17. sociology
  18. anthropology
  19. psychology
  20. political science
  21. semiotics; semantics; argumentation theory
  22. linguistic “codes”; prescriptive/descriptive disputes
  23. mass media theory; discourse formation and analysis; marketing
  24. probabilistic inference; theory of groups
  25. urban studies; production of space; control of space
  26. race/gender theory; queering;
  27. human impotence; self-actualization

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