from the New Deal to Donald Trump:
the work of transcendental empiricism so far
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"Thoughts without intuitions are empty; intuitions without concepts are blind."

"Philosophy always arrives too late . . . .  The Owl
of Minerva takes flight only as the dusk begins to fall."

"Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic
facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add:
the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

History without philosophy is only a screen
on which to project the shibboleths of our time

Hitler is to Trump as tragedy is to farce
"The Origins of the Welfare State: The Keynesian Elite and the Second New Deal, 1910-1936" (manuscript, 1987)


U.S. Political Economy by Sector, 1910 to 1939
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Sectors of Capital, 1910-
Figure 1.  Keynesian Elite in New Deal State, 1910-1939
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Source: "Membership List, May 1927," in the Morris L. Cooke Papers, box 66,
FDR Library; and
United States Government Manual 1937
for more info on Fig.2 click on Keynesian Elite: Career Matrix
also: the Papers of John M. Carmody
Joanna Bockman. Markets in the Name of Socialism: The Left-Wing Origins of Neoliberalism (Stanford University Press, 2011): three reviews 
a catastrophic decline in cognitive performativity?
Ong, Luria, and Piaget; Wittgenstein and Austin; Wolf and Olson:
Donald Trump as Performative Complex
The election of 2016 occured in the context of the situation indexed by Figure 2, and is inconceivable outside this context.  Many have commented on the cognitive performativity of the candidate and then the President, but don't take seriously the historicity, fragility, and reversibility of cognitive development as a cultural-historical phenomenon.  Figure 2 is an effect of cultural-historical developmental processes, of which schooling itself is only one of several key inputs affecting the cognitive and cultural development of situated organisms (not Cartesian selves).  Cognitive development is not a normative, inevitable process.  It is an effect of history and politics, as well as evolution, and can suffer reversal or collapse.

Cognitive development is also not a solely ontogenetic process: the contextual and embedded character of mind; the social character of mind and agency; and the institutional and historical contexts of cognitive performativity must be borne in mind. (Jan Derry, Vygotsky, Philosophy, and Education, Wiley, 2013, pp. 17, 24)

Figure 2 suggests that a catastrophic decline in cognitive performativity preceded and made possible the fascist-patrimonial victory of November 2016.  (An alternative title for Figure 3: From the New Deal to Donald Trump.)

Focusing on the person of the Chief Executive and his various performative moments obliterates the cultural-historical dimensions of history.  The brutishness in language and behavior that are the chief characteristics of Trump's mass-oriented performances must be understood as manifestations of something of great ontological significance.  To understand this, thinking must first emancipate itself from the Cartesian presuppositional matrix--the ontological presupposition of the Cartesian self and its associated rhetorical elements of consciousness, belief, motive, ideology and interest.  Failure to do so has the effect, a priori, of blocking conceptualization of questions of ontology, agency, intentionality, habitus, networks and contexts.  And thinking must approach the question of "ontology" as a question of genetic ontology (see below): the performative dimensions of ontology.

see The President Who Doesn't Read
                 Figure 2.  PISA Math Scores, 2003 to 2015:
             21 Developed Nations & East Asian Cities and City-States
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Agency and Ontology: The UAW Interviews as Dialogical Field
These interviews are a set of dialogic unfoldings that form a lens through which to examine the ontologies and events, the transformations and reactions, that are subsumed under the term unionization.  The factories, meeting halls, and neighborhoods of southeastern Michigan are laboratories in which to investigate the play of forces: first, the deep structures, the genetic ontologies (the principles of the production of practices) that dominate the manifold areas of human activity; and second, the irruption of forces of an entirely different kind (Bordieu), referred to variously as agency, bildung and the will to power--aufheben, emergence, praxis, agency (,jouissance)--these concepts are entangled in a common vitalist sensibility.

This first block of interviewees were all early leaders of the emergent forces that came to be known as the UAW.  Most of them were "Debsian" Socialists, others were Communists.   I refer to them as bildungs-proletarians,

Frank Fagan (Murray Body) provides both a synoptic view of the operation and is in fact an embodiment of the kind of bildungs-proletarian who were at the center of agency.  He is an actor in his time, and a collaborator in mine the extended mind of the unity caucus

Most of them were part of the trans-Atlantic population movements out of central, northern, and western europe.

They were, most of all, intensely rather that merely literate. 
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Most of them were neither skilled workers in the sense as it was understood at the time (skilled trades & tool & die), but neither were they laborers or assemblers.  Some were press operators: they were welders, trimmers, semi-skilled skilled machine workers and repairmen.



Michael Tomasello, Becoming Human: a Theory of Ontogeny (Harvard, 2019): Shared, Collective intentionality; the cultural intelligence hypothesis

Marshall W. Alcorn, Jr., Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric, Text, and Subjectivity (New York University Press, 1994)

Simon Jarvis, Wordsworth's Philosophical Song (Cambridge, 2007): Beyond the transcript

Jerrold Seigel, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience since the Sesventeenth Century (Cambridge, 2005)

  Schiller in Barnow 





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RE. THE JOE ADAMS RATIO/

Paul Silver--Edmund Kord--John Anderson--MIDLAND STEEL
MST on relationship between Bildungsproletarian(s) and Plebeian Upstarts


FLYING SQUADRON

Victor Reuther: Andeson, Indiana
Bud Simon: re Saginaw.  Run out of town (almost lynched)
Paul Silver: Dodge Main Flying Squadron to the picket line
Paul Silver: the Ford Strike
Robert Travis to Chas
Bud Simon on workers from Toledo
Edmund Kord on the picket line

the Taking of Chevy 4

BILDUNGS-PROLETARIANS AND THEIR OTHER

Bill Jenkins on Bulgarians
Herman Burt on Polish women
Edmund Kord on the "gray mass"
Cliff Williams, Claude Henson and one other on Hillbillies in Pontiac


THE JEWISH QUESTION IN FLINT

Larry Jones re. Van Zandt
Norm Bully on CP and City College

Frank Fagan on LIST 1943


PLEBEIAN UPSTARTS

BILDUNGSPROLETRIANS AND PLEBEIAN UPSTARTS: THE QUESTION OF CHARISMA


COMMUNISTS IN PACKARD AND ALIS CHALMERS

Garrison to FF re. Christoffel
James Lindahl Collection
John Anderson on communists in geneal;in Midland Steel in particular

THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS ORDER

Chris Johnson/Maurice Sugar: on size of CP in Detroit



Detroit East Side: UAW Locals: interviews
Leon Pody*
Murray Body
UAW Local 2
Frank Fagan
Murray Body UAW Local 2
Frank Fagan*
Murray BodyUAW Local 2
Lloyd Jones*
Murray Body UAW Local 2



Dick Frankensteen Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Dick Frankensteen*Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Charles Watson Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Harry Ross*
Dodge MainUAW Local 3
Richard Harris*
Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Joe Adams Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Joe Ptazynski
Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Earl Reynolds Dodge Main UAW Local 3
John Zaremba*
Dodge Main UAW Local 3



Sam Sweet
Plymouth
UAW Local 51



John McDaniel Packard
UAW Local 190
John McDaniel*Packard
UAW Local 190
Harry Kujawski Packard UAW Local 190
Eddie Dvornik Packard UAW Local 190
Adam Poplewski*
Packard UAW Local 190
James Lindahl***
Packard
UAW Local 190



Leonard Klue MICHIGAN STEEL TUBE UAW Local 238



Paul Silver
Detroit Steel Products
UAW Local 351



N = 35 interviewees
MIDLAND STEEL
UAW Local 410
John Anderson
CP, Midland Steel
MESA, UAW 155



Bill Jenkins Chrysler Highland Park
UAW Local 490



Tony Podorsek
body-in-white supervisor Dodge, Cadillac



Joe Adams, Interview re. distrust of written agreement

re. Allis-Chalmers, UAW Local 248 ➞ UE Locals: re. "CP"

Lloyd Garrison to Felix Frankfurter, April 29, 1941
Felix Frankfurter to Lloyd Garrison, May 14, 1941

Packard: Proceedinggs 1943; James Lindahl papers (Reuther Archive)


A Wartime Strike





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Barney Kluck on the Tool Room

Bob Brenner on switched vote, susequent investigation by PF




Detroit East Side: Midland Steel, UAW Local 410: interviews
Bob Brenner Tool and Die
Barney Kluk Tool and Die
Ed Tyll Tool and Die
Jim Peters
Chrysler line
Oscar Oden
Chrysler line
Ben WainwrightChrysler line
John PerryChrysler line
William HintzChrysler line
Joe BlockChrysler line
TiedermannChrysler line
George Bidinger
Large presses
George Borovich Large presses
Chester Podgorski Large presses
Louis VolettiLarge presses
Lawrence VolettiLarge presses
Herman BurtPaint Machine
Levi NelsonShipping & Recieving
Agnes Baransky
Small presses
Lotte Klas
Small presses
John Anderson
Organizer, Local 155



BRIGGS

Bill Mazey
Ken Morris



Detroit East Side.  Connor Ave: UAW Locals: interviews
Jack Zeller
 Chrysler-Jefferson
UAW Local 7
Ed Carey*
Chrysler-Jefferson UAW Local 7
Francis Moore
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Minnie Anderson
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Leon Pody*
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Leon Pody* Briggs UAW Local 212
Bill Mazey
Briggs
UAW Local 212
Ernie Mazey
Briggs
UAW Local 212
Ken Morris*
Briggs UAW Local 212
Art Vega*
Briggs UAW Local 212
Irwin Bauer
Budd Wheel
UAW Local 306



SHILLER HALL AS HABITUS/ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT

Ed Lock

COMMUNISTS OBSERVE RACISM

Herman Burt
Shelton Tappes

BILDUNGS-PROLETRIANS ON THE "AMERICANS"
Cosmopolitans vs. Provincvials

Frank Fagan
Bud Simon




Detroit West Side & Dearborn: UAW Locals: interviews
Ed Lock
Ford
UAW Local 600
Percy Llewelyn
Ford
UAW Local 600
Shelton Tappes Ford
UAW Local 600
Shelton Tappes*Ford
UAW Local 600
John Anderson
Fleetwood
UAW Local 15
Irene Marinovich (I)
Ternstedt
UAW Local 174
Mary Davis
CP

Stanley Novak
CP/UAW

Blain Marrin
Tool & Die
UAW Local 157




KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
(IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS)


FISHER BODY
MICHI STEEL TUBE


the Elder Report ⊗ the Ben Wainwright interview re. Homer Martin and UAW Civil War

what kind of white men are these

Flint and Pontiac: UAW Locals: interviews
Norman Bully
Buick (Flint) UAW Local 599
Arthur Case*
Buick (Flint) UAW Local 599
Larry Jones
Chevrolet (Flint) UAW Local 659
Bill Genski
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bill Genski*
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bud Simons*
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bert Harris**
Fisher Body #1 (Flint) UAW Local 581



Cliff Williams +Yaeger
Yellow Cab (Pontiac)
UAW Local 594
Charlie Yaeger*


Bob Travis**
Flint
UAW Local 581
Henry Kraus**
Flint




Toledo, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Cleveland
Wyndham Mortimer White Mtr (Cleve.), Flint
CP & UAW
Al Rightly
Studebaker
UAW Local 5
BOOK: The Auto-Lite Strike of 1934
Auto-Lite
AFL-18384
George Addes*
Willys Overland (Toledo)

Joseph Ditzel*
Chevrolet (Toledo)

James Roland*
Chevrolet (Toledo)
Roy H. Speth*
Seaman Body (Milwaukee)

BOOK: Stalin Over Wisconsin
Allis-Chalmers
UAW Local 248
Garrison to FF re. Christoffel
Allis-Chalmers