Instructions for use: first scroll down the page, paying attention to the graphemes in the right-hand column.  Then begin at the top.  This site is a rhizome.  A rhizome, by its very nature, wants to grow every which way, and is never finished.
Donald Trump and the abyss of decognification
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 XX Figure 0.  From the Origins of Language to the End of Literacy in the United States XX
The End: Language on the threshold of gesture and reflex.  Regression to infantile narcissism via processes of identification.
The war against reason and the politics of patrimonialism.  Civilization or barbarism.

The thinking behind Figure 0 is that contemporary questions revolving around sex and violence (fascism/r*c*sm), on the one hand, and cognition and organization, on the other, must be addressed within the dual context of  our primate  inheritance and our developmental capacity as the only symbolic species (Dupre) capable of self-transformation. 
1. on the Cartesian synthetic a priori

from
Levi R. Bryant, Difference and Givenness: Deleuze's Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence (Northwestern University Press, 2008)

. . . . so long as philosophy assumes that thought has a natural affinity with the true . . . a specific form of objectivity (natural common sense), and bases itself on the model of recognition, thought cannot help but become unconsciously trapped in its own implicit presuppositions which are culturally, historically, and socially contingent. . . .  Deleuze thus begins with a critique of the transcendental subject as a structure consisting of invariant categories. (17)

 . . . the error will arise in that Kant treats concepts and intuitions as differing in kind, and thus being externally related, rather than discerning the manner in which they only differ in degree. (28)

from Robert B. Brandom, "The Centrality of Sellars's Two-Ply Account of Observations to the Arguments of 'Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind', in Robert B. Brandom, Tales of the Mighty Dead: Historical Essays in the Metaphysics of Intentionality (Harvard University Press, 2002)

. . . according to Sellars's view, the difference between theoretical objects and observable objects is methodologcal rather than ontological.  That is, theoretical and observable objects are not different kinds of things.  They differ only in how we come to know about them." (362)

from Stephen Houlgate, "Hegel and Brandom on Norms, Concepts and Logical Categories", in Espen Hammer, ed., German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2007)

Hegel is a particular hero of Brandom's because he recognizes that concepts are not 'fixed or static items' but the changing products of social and historical practices. (p. 137)

from F. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (VI:3)

The “inner world” is full of phantoms…: the will is one of them. The will no longer moves anything, hence does not explain anything either — it merely accompanies events; it can also be absent. The so-called motive: another error. Merely a surface phenomenon of consciousness — something alongside the deed that is more likely to cover up the antecedents of the deeds than to represent them…. What follows from this? There are no mental [geistigen] causes at all.


Philosophy: Hitler is to Trump as Tragedy is to Farce
"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.


Graphemes . . .  this page uses figurative elements
This page uses figurative elements, including  graphs, tables, charts, and maps, to advance an analysis of the historical trajectory: the New Deal to Donald Trump.  These elements (all in the right column) are related to the text-boxes in this column. 

The rule governing this page is to think in terms of these graphemes, which form a set of synthetic a prioris.*  In certain cases a text is made to function as a grapheme.  The Lacan-Atwater Signifying Chain is one such a case.  It takes us to the very heart of white supremacy as symbolic activivity and politics.

Another is the Freud-Jamieson Black Hole of Liberalism.  This takes us to the heart of liberalism's failure to grasp the Lacan Atwater signifying chain, and thus its failure to understand the fascism that now holds of the nation in its grip. 

Figure 1 can also be taken as a synthetic a priori.  It is simply an organizational chart with specifics filled in.  Look at the Trump administration. (Do the work!)  OrgChart as synthetic a prior is deployed: it presents the Trump administration as a whole.  What do you get when you fill it in?  what patterns do you see?  A rogue’s gallery of scumbag capitalism(note).  A patrimonial regime of predators.  This regime then plays the further role of sado-sexual avengers--DHS seperating children from their parents in the theater of cruelty generated by the deployment of the sado-sexual eigenvector that is the essence of the GOP's rhetorical activity.

These graphemes are also elementary particles.*  That is, they are the building blocks of intelligibility within a hermeneutical modus operandi.  This may be what Deleuze means by transcendental empiricism, which is consistent with Hegel's notion of the concrete universal.  Also Alexander Luria's The Making of Mind:  Hermeneutical intelligibility vs. nomothetic explanation.

*synthetic a priori and elementary particles may appear contradictory.  Rather than explain this aparent contradiction on an abstract level, the actual deployment of these concepts is what this site is about.  The utility of this approach should then become clear.  Elementary particles usually refers to the building blocks of matter—the standard positivist-materialist reduction.  What possible meaning can the term elementary particle have when used in the context of the human sciences (Geisteswissenschaften)?

Figure 1. The Keynesian Elite in the New Deal state
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subjectivity and shared intentionality
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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

FF to FDR 11-21-34 re. Leffingwell (J.P. Morgan partner)

MEMO Corwin Edwards to Leon Henderson April 22, 1939


"The Origins of the "Welfare State": The Keynesian Elite and
the Second New Deal, 1910-1936" (manuscript, 1987)



Elites: Strategic and Otherwise

The first three graphemes are about organization

❖ The Keynesian Elite in the New Deal state
❖ Sectors of Capital
❖ The UAW: Bildungsproletarians and Plebeian Upstarts*

They provide a necessary framework and point of departure for dealing with the historical trajectory in question: from the New Deal to Donald Trump. 

The next two graphemes are about
cognitive and emotional processes. (click here)

❖ PISA math scores, 2003-2018 (cognitive)
❖ The Lacan Atwater Signifying Chain (emotional: sex and violence--> racism)

The grapheme at the right--Semiotic Regimes--combines cognitive and emotionalh processes.  Deployment of a concept of semiotic regimes enables making sense of media productions as a moral theater of ressentiment and complaint.  This is why the New Deal is not represented in the grapheme to the right (Semiotic Regimes).  So-called "conspiracy theories", when apprehended in the context of this grapheme, become intelligible as instances of the political mobilization of the paranoid-schizoid position. (Clarke and Umberto Eco)It is within this context that a concept of the sado-secual egenvector of republican perofmtiity.

Recent criticisms of MSNBC and the New York Times (that they are "biased") . . .


. . . miss the point.  It is not the mere fact of "bias": as we know from Immanuel Kant and the further ramifications
of the second Copernican revolution inaugurated by the publiciation of the Critique of Pure Reason (Hegel, Dilthey, Nietzsche, Heiddeger, Wittgenstein, Foucault), the question of presuppositions and synthetic a prioris, to which the unitiated are cognitively blind, is fundamental.

*Peter Friedlander, The Emergence of a UAW Local: a Study in Class and Culture (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1975)
Reginald E. Zelnick, ed., A
Radical Worker in Tsarist Russia: The Autobiography of Sėmen Ivanovich Kanatchikov (Stanford, 1986)
Interview of Saul Wellman by Peter Friedlander (1975/6)
Interview of Henry Kraus (U of M oral history project)

Semiotic Regimes: Psychological Correlates
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 LEFT*
RIGHT
Topology
            depressive
     paranoid-schizoid
Political style
 progressive
         proto-Dorian
Cognitive mode
     concrete & pre-op
    pre-op and gestural
Regime type
   rational-bureaucratic
patrimonial

Sources for this grapheme

conceptual elements

Elementary particles and associated comments, lists, transcripts, remembrances of things past (civic republicanism 1933-1943: Bildung + חֻצְפָ); cognitive regimes, intersubjectivity and shared intentionality, proximal processes, biocultural niche (Schiller Hall, Fox News, MSNBC), cognitive performativity*, paranoid-schizoid position and fascism (the sado-sexual eigenvector of “Trump” performativities: ressentiment and the mechanisms of defense), the depressive position and liberalism (nihilism, nietzsche, and you), the lynching for rape discourse, herding primates: semiotic regimes, patrimonialism and the fundamental incompetence** of the Trump regime.  Fascism.

* see Measures of Cognitive Performativity  The gap between Obama and Trump is two orders of magnitude.  Cognitive performativity is context-dependent (as Ceci speculated twenty years ago).  Consider the dramatic differences in cognitive performativity described by Nicholas Kristoff between the EU and the USA.

1.  "Fauci Says Trump's Attention Span Is a 'Minus Number,' Only Cares About Getting Re-elected: Woodward Book" from Newsweek 9-9-20

The infectious diseases expert told others that Trump "is on a separate channel" and called his leadership "rudderless."

Then these comments from the Woodward/Trump article


2. "Woodward book: Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans," Washington Post 9-9-20 LINK

In a separate conversation recounted by Woodward, Mattis told Coats, “The president has no moral compass,” to which the director of national intelligence replied: “True. To him, a lie is not a lie. It’s just what he thinks. He doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie.”  PRE-OPERATIONAL!

** the fundamental incompetence of the Trump regime is evident in the coronavirus debacle.  MSNBC talking heads say "Trump" should behave in a rational-bureaucratic manner.  But this is fundamentally impossible.  Trump appointees are capable only of predation.  The essence of their relatonship to the science-based rational-bureuacratic structures of modernity




The election of Donald Trump is a lagging indicator of
the disintegration of cognitive performativities
To call trump stupid (or “a moron”) is to miss the point.  Cognitive performativity is a biocultural historical phenomenon, hardly explicable within a discursive field shaped by the Cartesian synthetic a priori.  Indeed, The election of Donald Trump is a lagging indicator of the disintegration of cognitive performativities.  Preceding his election was the decline of mathematical competence indexed by Figure 3a and b.  which indicate that a catastrophic decline in cognitive performativity preceded and made possible the fascist-patrimonial victory of November 2016.  (see Prelude to Trump: the end of literacy in the United States).  The coronavirus debacle that is Trump is a product of and an accelerant of that decline.

Cognitive development is not a normative, inevitable process (Wolf).  It is an effect of history and politics, as well as evolution, and can suffer reversal or collapse.    It is this collapse that is manifest in the stunningly incompetent performance of the Trump administration's response to the existential threat posed by Covid 19. 

On a certain level of analysis Trump is little different from your average mover and shsaker, wheeler and dealer, of modern republican scumbag captalism.  A world of good ole boys governed by the logic of patrimonialism, good ole boys who never really learned what science and mathematics was all about, ns sdemnstate this cognitive incapacity whenever they discuss policy re Covid (Govs of Texas, Florida, Georgia).***

cognitive processes: the disintegration of cognitive performativity unfolds within distictive biocultural niches that correspond well to the discrsive-performtive patternsof the two party system (semioitic regoimes).

cog perform distinguished from emotional-symbolic


* see Measures of Cognitive Performativity  The gap between Obama and Trump is two orders of magnitude.  Cognitive performativity is context-dependent (as Ceci speculated twenty years ago).  Consider the drmatic differnces in cognitive perofrmtivity described by Nicholas Kristoff between the EU and the USA.

** the fundamental incompetence of the Trump regime is evident in the coronavirus debacle.  MSNBC talking heads say "Trump" should behave in a rational-bureaucratic manner.  But this is fundamentally impossible.  Trump appointees are capable only of predation.  The essence of their relatonship to the science-based rational-bureuacratic structures of modernity

***from Passi Sahlberg,

I was once with a delegation of concerned mathematics teachers and mathematicians who were meeting with their state governor and his advisors in the United States to hand over their appeal to improve mathematics learning outcomes in junior high school. Their main rationale was that mathematics performance, especially among boys, had decreased and attitudes toward learning mathematics were rather negative among all youngsters. What this delegation was asking from the decision makers was to add an hour of mathematics to weekly schedules for all students. The governor listening to the delegation replied: “Why do you think asking children to do more of those things that they don’t like and won’t learn well anyway would do any good for their learning outcomes?” He closed the conversation by suggesting that perhaps pupils should have less exposure to mathematics and more to something that they really like and were interested in doing in school.


Figure 2. U.S. Political Economy by Sector, 1910 to 1939
input-output matrices: capital formations and the two-party system
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Here are the sources for the psychological-emotional conceptualization of the Two-Party System: Semiotic Regimes:

Simon Clarke, Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism (Palgrave Macmillan; 2003)

Alain Ehrenberg, The Weariness of the Self: Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009)

Eli Zarestsky, Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis (Vintage, 2005)

Darrin M. McMahon, Enemies of the Enlightement: the French Counter-Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2001)
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*Note on use of the term "Left."

Progressivism and Liberalism are opposites, not twins.  The genetic ontology of Progressivism is Bildung and the Will to Power;
The genetic ontology
of Liberalism is Nihilism.  Today's liberalism is referred as the left, covering over the genetic-ontological transformation of the post-war years (see Hall et. al.)  The New Deal is not represented in the above figure and table, The Two-Party System: Semiotic Regimes.  Donald Trump is a result of this genetic-ontological transformation.







Prelude to Trump: the end of literacy in the United States

Nicholas Kristof, "McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us," New York Times, May 8, 2020

Think of it this way. Workers at McDonald’s outlets all over the world tend to be at the lower end of the labor force, say the 20th percentile. But Danish workers at the 20th percentile are high school graduates who are literate and numerate.

In contrast, after half a century of underinvestment in the United States, many 20th-percentile American workers haven’t graduated from high school, can’t read well, aren’t very numerate, struggle with drugs or alcohol, or have impairments that reduce productivity.

from Philip Roth unbound: interview transcript (Daily Beast, October 30, 2009)

Tina Brown: You said in an interview that you don’t think novels are going to be read 25 years from now. Were you being provocative or do you believe that to be true?

Philip Roth: I was being optimistic about 25 years really. No, I think it’s going to be cultic. I think always people will be reading them, but it’ll be a small group of people—maybe more people than now read Latin poetry, but somewhere in that range. . . .  To read a novel requires a certain kind of concentration, focus, devotion to the reading. . .  I think that that kind of concentration, and focus, and attentiveness, is hard to come by. It’s hard to find huge numbers of people, or large numbers of people or significant numbers of people who have those qualities.


from Maryanne Wolf, Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (Harper Collins, 2018), p. 179

The seriousness of the current reality means that at the present rate, the majority of eighth-grade children could be classified as functionally illiterate in a few years' time.


from Edward Frenkel And Hung-Hsi Wu, "Republicans Should Love 'Common Core'.  National standards can revive the way we teach math and science," Wall Street Journal, 5-6-13

Mathematical education in the U.S. is in deep crisis. The World Economic Forum ranks the quality of math and science education in the U.S. a dismal 48th. This is one of the reasons the 2010 report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" by the National Academies warned that America's ability to compete effectively with other nations is fading. . . .  [The report refers to] the current lock-step march to the bottom of international student performance in math and science.


conceptual elements

Elementary particles and associated comments, lists, transcripts, remembrances of things past (civic republicanism 1933-1943: Bildung + חֻצְפָ); cognitive regimes, intersubjectivity and shared intentionality, proximal processes, biocultural niche (Schiller Hall, Fox News, MSNBC), cognitive performativity*, paranoid-schizoid position and fascism (the sado-sexual eigenvector of “Trump” performativities: ressentiment and the mechanisms of defense), the depressive position and liberalism (nihilism, nietzsche, and you), the lynching for rape discourse, herding primates: semiotic regimes, patrimonialism and the fundamental incompetence** of the Trump regime. fascism.

Fascism and Patrimonialism

fascism
racism
patrimonialism
white supremacy
racism
white supremacy
fascism
patrimonialism
patrimonialism
fascism
white supremacy
racism
white suspremacy
patrimonialism
racism
fascism



the mid-nineteenth century turn: socialism vs. populism
ultra-nationalism vs. Social Democracy


Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852)

Gareth Stedman Jones, Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion (Harvard, 2016), "Bonaparte and Bonapartism," pp. 334-344.

Christian J. Emden, Nietzsche on Language, Consciousness, and the Body (U. of Illinois, 2005); Nietzsche's Naturalism: Philosophy and the Life Sciences in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge, 2014)

Philippe-Joseph Salazar, "Reconnaissances of Marx", Philosophy & Rhetoric, Vol. 48, No. 4, 2015

Jerrold Seigel, Modernity and Bourgeois Life: Society, Politics, and Culture in England, France and Germany since 1750 (Cambridge, 2012)


Figure 3.  The UAW (Unity Caucus): Bildungsproletarians and Plebeian Upstarts, 1933-1943: Detroit and the lower great lakes.
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Orality vs. Literacy: the Great Divide

from James R. Flynn, What is Intelligence?  Beyond the Flynn Effect (Cambridge Univesity Press, 2009)

Our ancestors in 1900 were not mentally retarded.  Their intelligence ws anchored in everyday reality.  We differ from them in that we can use abstractions and logic and the hypothetical to attack the formal problems that arise when science liberates thought from concrete situations.  Since 1950 we have  become more ingenious in going beyond previously learned rules to solve problems on the spot.  pp. 10-11

The scientific ethos, with its vocabulary, taxonomies, and detachment of logic and the hypothetical from concrete referents, has begun to permeate the minds of post-industrial peoples.  This has paved the way for mass education on the university level and the emergence of an intellectual cadre without whom our present civilization would be inconceivable. 29

Science altered our lives and then liberated our minds from the concrete.  This history has not been written because, as children of our own time, we do not perceive the gulf that separates us from our distant [circa 1900] ancestors: the difference between their world and the world seen through scientific spectacles. . . .  As use of logic and the hypothetical moved beyond the concrete, people developed new habits of mind.  They became practiced at solving problems with abstract or visual content and more innovative at administrative tasks." 172-174


Midland Steel/UAW 410: work-flow and extended mind
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Michigan Steel Tube/UAW 238/
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Images of Cognitive Complexity and the fundamental divide
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fascism
racism
patrimonialism
white supremacy
racism
white supremacy
fascism
patrimonialism
patrimonialism
fascism
white supremacy
racism
white suspremacy
patrimonialism
racism
fascism






the Lacan-Atwater Signifying Chain
racism, white supremacy, and fascism in the USA today
from Wikipedia: (Lee Atwater's Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy)

As a member of the Reagan administration in 1981, Atwater gave an anonymous interview to political scientist Alexander P. Lamis. Part of the interview was printed in Lamis's book The Two-Party South, then reprinted in Southern Politics in the 1990s with Atwater's name revealed. . . . Atwater talked about the Republican Southern Strategy and Ronald Reagan's version of it:

Atwater: As to the whole Southern strategy that Harry S. Dent, Sr. and others put together in 1968, opposition to the Voting Rights Act would have been a central part of keeping the South. Now you don't have to do that. All you have to do to keep the South is for Reagan to run in place on the issues he's campaigned on since 1964 and that's fiscal conservatism, balancing the budget, cut taxes, you know, the whole cluster.

Questioner: But the fact is, isn't it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger"—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a by-product of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."





KEUAW (MAP 1975-2010)-ABSOLUTE

Deep structure of ressentiment and the precarious cultural-historical achievements of “civilization”: defining barbarism (while being mindful of James C. Scott’s discussion of the “barbarians” in Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (Yale, 2017)).  The collapse of a civilization in the context of advanced capitalism; regression to primate; collapse of cognitive performativity across the board by one order of magnitude* in post-Fordist USA


Detroit News, May 2, 1937
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click here for full text


the KKK in Packard, circa 1942
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In the matter of  . . .

Preferment of Charges against Frank Buehrle by Kurt Murdock, President of PACKARD LOCAL U.A.W.-C.I.O. #190, held at the local Headquarters of the Locall at 6100 Mt. Elliott Avenue, in the City of Detroit, Michigan.  April 3rd, 1942, at 7:30 P.M.
the Green New Deal

1. FF-FDR
2. LDB-TS: ERC
3. WWI/WIB

Figure 3a.  PISA Math Scores, 2003 to 2018:
21 Developed Nations & 4 East Asian City-States (SHMC)
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note 1.   . . . several limitations in the data used in non-response-bias analyses submitted by Hong Kong (China) and the United States.  see"inexplicable anomalies"

Figure 3b.  PISA Math Scores, 2003 to 2018:
           18 Anglo-European Nations
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see"inexplicable anomalies"
Problems with the U. S. Data:
Political (2006) and "Technical" (2018)







the decline of cognitive performativity . . .

Prelude to Trump: the end of literacy in the United States
Nicholas Kristof, "McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us," New York Times, May 8, 2020

Think of it this way. Workers at McDonald’s outlets all over the world tend to be at the lower end of the labor force, say the 20th percentile. But Danish workers at the 20th percentile are high school graduates who are literate and numerate.

In contrast, after half a century of underinvestment in the United States, many 20th-percentile American workers haven’t graduated from high school, can’t read well, aren’t very numerate, struggle with drugs or alcohol, or have impairments that reduce productivity.

from Philip Roth unbound: interview transcript (Daily Beast, October 30, 2009)

Tina Brown: You said in an interview that you don’t think novels are going to be read 25 years from now. Were you being provocative or do you believe that to be true?

Philip Roth: I was being optimistic about 25 years really. No, I think it’s going to be cultic. I think always people will be reading them, but it’ll be a small group of people—maybe more people than now read Latin poetry, but somewhere in that range. . . .  To read a novel requires a certain kind of concentration, focus, devotion to the reading. . .  I think that that kind of concentration, and focus, and attentiveness, is hard to come by. It’s hard to find huge numbers of people, or large numbers of people or significant numbers of people who have those qualities.


from Maryanne Wolf, Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (Harper Collins, 2018), p. 179

The seriousness of the current reality means that at the present rate, the majority of eighth-grade children could be classified as functionally illiterate in a few years' time.


from Edward Frenkel And Hung-Hsi Wu, "Republicans Should Love 'Common Core'.  National standards can revive the way we teach math and science," Wall Street Journal, 5-6-13

Mathematical education in the U.S. is in deep crisis. The World Economic Forum ranks the quality of math and science education in the U.S. a dismal 48th. This is one of the reasons the 2010 report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" by the National Academies warned that America's ability to compete effectively with other nations is fading. . . .  [The report refers to] the current lock-step march to the bottom of international student performance in math and science.


articles:
Flynn (cognitive): "Does your family make you smarter? Ask the IQ expert," Jun 21, 2016 Irish Times
Zaretsky (emotional)
Damasio (cog-emotional)
Cruelty
Felix Frankfurter Papers (Library of Congress, manuscript division)
for more info on Fig.2 click on Keynesian Elite: Career Matrix;
also see 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

MEMO Ben Cohen to Leon Henderson, June 12, 1939
MEMO Corwin Edwards to Leon Henderson April 12, 1939
FF to FDR 11-21-34 re. Leffingwell





Rhizome


from John Marks, Gilles Deleuze: Vitalism and Multiplicity (Pluto Press, 1998), p 45

The rhizome is a figure borrowed from biology, opposed to the principle of foundation and origin which is embedded in the figure of the tree.  The model of the tree is hierarchical and centralized, wheas the rhizome is proliferating and serial, functioning by means of the principle of connection and heterogeneity.

Deleuze and Guatarri argue that the book has been linked traditionally to the model of the tree, in that the book has been seen as an organic unit, which is both hermetically sealed, but also a reflection of the world.  In contrast, the rhizome is neither mimetic nor organic.  It only ever maps the real, since the act of mapping is a method of experimenting with the real: and it is always an open system, with multiple exits and entrances.  In short, the rhizome is an 'acentred' system; the map of a mode of thought which is always 'in the middle'. 
cognitive-linguistic cardinality

a framework for evaluating American Exceptionalism in the context of:
Merlin Donald, A Mind So Rare, Table 7.1, p. 260
(Appologies to Georg Cantor)

אi




     cognitive-linguistic cardinality
אi
      index of cognitive complexity (אi)
i =  4      Internet and the Extended Mind
i =  3      Foucault (Kant Hegel Nietzsche)
i =  2      Formal operational
i =  1      Concrete operational
i =  0      Oral Mythic/pre-operational
i = -1     Gestural (homo erectus)
i = -2      primate semiosis


the essence of our situation: how to interpret Trump-talk
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MSNBC's error: takes scorpion-talk at face value, thereby obliterating the possiblity of understanding.  the ontological error of Cartesians: they assume a normative, universal human type (the Cartesian myth of the Enlightenment) capable at times of decent behavior.  Insoafar as we the poeple know Trump, he has never behaved in a decent way. What we should always expect is what he actually does

MSNBC's error: a frequent lament on MSNBC: "I don't understand why Trump is doing this.

what trump is doing.  what rhetorical performances are associated with the doing?

trummp is perofrming the sadao-sexual eigenvector of white supremacy/fscism.
the use of language reveals not huypocracy (you saay you dont hate children?) something akin the the sadistic tauntingof police officers performing the racist motherfucker routine
Patrimonialism, until fairly recently, seemed an archaic social form, largely replaced by bureaucratic rationalism. That confident view of modernity, in the histories that Max Weber and his followers wrote, deserves to be challenged as patrimonial regimes reappear in states and firms throughout the world.

Why Are Right-Wing Conspiracies so Obsessed With Pedophilia? xxxx
this is not consp theory.  It's the parnaoid-schizoid position orchestrated






Sources for Semiotic Regimes: Psychological Correlates
Here are the sources for the psychological-emotional conceptualization of the Two-Party System: Semiotic Regimes:

Simon Clarke, Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism (Palgrave Macmillan; 2003)

Alain Ehrenberg, The Weariness of the Self: Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009)

Eli Zarestsky, Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis (Vintage, 2005)

Darrin M. McMahon, Enemies of the Enlightement: the French Counter-Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity (Oxford University Press, 2001)

and for the cognitive developmental conceptualization of the
Two-Party System: Semiotic Regimes:

The Development of Children (Sixth Edition) by Cynthia Lightfoot, Michael Cole, and Sheila R. Cole (2009)

Development Through the Lifespan, Laura E. Berk (1998)

Piaget, Genetic Epistemology

Stephen J. Ceci, On Intelligence: A Bioecological Treatise on Intellectual Development (Harvard, 1996)

Walter J. Ong, Orality and Literacy (Routledge, 2002)

A. R. Luria, Cognitive Development: Its Cultural and Social Foundations (Harvard, 1976)

from Ceci:

The term intelligence is often used synonymously with "IQ", "g", or "general intelligence", especially in some of the psychometric literature. . .  however, the ability to engage in cognitively complex behaviors will be shown to be independent of IQ, g, or general intelligence . . . cognitive complexity will be seen to be the more general of the two notions and the one most theoretically important to keep in mind when referring to intelligent behavior.22


*Progressivism and liberalism are opposites, not twins.  The genetic ontology of progressivism is bildung and the will to power; The genetic ontology of liberalism is nihilism.  Today's liberalism is referred to as the left, thus covering over the genetic-ontological transformation of the post-war years (see Hall et. al.)  The New Deal is not represented in the above figure and table, The Two-Party System: Semiotic Regimes.  Donald Trump is an effect of this genetic-ontological transformation of progressivism into nihilism.  More on this later.





It is already clear that in the U.S. large numbers of unchurched as well as fundamentalist whites and blacks (and many working class Catholics) have been disgorged from the project of modernity, and now constitute, by twenty-first century standards, a barely literate mass, concentrated in central cities, inner suburbs, small towns, and rural areas, and removed in toto from the possibilities of cognitive development implied by the term "education." (see Wolf below)  This is what we see at Trump rallies.  As the old America dies a sociocultural death, it is being replaced by newer populations capable, for now, of cognitive development.  The "White" portion of old America is Trump territory.

The election of Donald Trump reflects and also will accelerate this degradation of cognitive performativity in American society.  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.  Modernity (suffering from itself--i.e., the nihilism implicit in commercial republicanism: Food article; Figures 3a and 3b), cannot resist fascism. 

and so cannot compete with the fascist performativities of today's GOP.  Nihilism vs. Ressentiment. (More later)
Essential to understanding this situation (wreckage, persistence, triumph): a concept of pseudo-speciation.  The "people" must be deconstructed; certain shiboleths (democracy, freedom, equality, justice) retired or at least desacrilized; and above all, the ontological presupposition of the Cartesian self and its associated rhetorical elements of consciousness, belief, motive, ideology and interest must be "bracketed", its fangs pulled, its spell broken.  This is the central strategy of the works listed above under Vygotsky redux ("escaping from our Cartesian prison requires more than a change in our academic language games."  How Things Shape the Mind).  Only then does reason stand a chance.

Be aware of the crippling effect of the Cartesian presuppositional matrix on the usefulness of texts.  This has the effect, a priori, of blocking conceptualization of questions of ontology, agency, intentionality, habitus, networks and contexts.

***Hence the concept of pseudo-speciation.  Homo sapiens is a species unlike any other, whose "nature" it is to be subject to cultural and historical development as a result of its own activity, to be subject to the psychological consequences of such processes and of other complications and developments, and whose behavior contains but cannot be reduced to the "biological."  Brain plsticity's consequences for the future of its species once appeared rosy

The “inner world” is full of phantoms…: the will is one of them. The will no longer moves anything, hence does not explain anything either — it merely accompanies events; it can also be absent. The so-called motive: another error. Merely a surface phenomenon of consciousness — something alongside the deed that is more likely to cover up the antecedents of the deeds than to represent them….
What follows from this? There are no mental [geistigen] causes at all. (TI VI:3)