Word of the Day: DIALECTIC


noun \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tik\

philosophy : a method of examining and discussing opposing ideas in order to find the truth

Full Definition of DIALECTIC

1 :  logic 1a(1)
2 a :  discussion and reasoning by dialogue as a method of intellectual investigation; specifically :  the Socratic techniques of exposing false beliefs and eliciting truth

  b :  the Platonic investigation of the eternal ideas
3 :  the logic of fallacy
4 a :  the Hegelian process of change in which a concept or its realization passes over into and is preserved and fulfilled by its opposite; also :  the critical investigation of this process

  b (1) usually plural but singular or plural in construction :  development through the stages of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis in accordance with the laws of dialectical materialism (2) :  the investigation of this process (3) :  the theoretical application of this process especially in the social sciences
5 usually plural but singular or plural in construction

  a :  any systematic reasoning, exposition, or argument that juxtaposes opposed or contradictory ideas and usually seeks to resolve their conflict
  b :  an intellectual exchange of ideas
6 :  the dialectical tension or opposition between two interacting forces or elements


Middle English dialetik, from Anglo-French dialetiqe, from Latin dialectica, from Greek dialektikē, from feminine of dialektikos of conversation, from dialektos

First Known Use: 14th century

One thought on “Word of the Day: DIALECTIC

  1. Negentropic says:

    “The technique of infamy is to invent two lies and to get people arguing heatedly about which one of them is true.” — Ezra Pound

    “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” — Voltaire

    The discovery of truth is not and never has been 100% ‘certainty’ but the knowable minimal requirement, that which is close-enough-to-truth to be counted on as firm ground, as a firm foundation for the health and wealth of civilization to maintain itself upon, for the logical structure and reasoning built on it to last.
    A civilized existence requires access to a reality of ‘knowables,’ not just enough half-truths to be comfortably numb in cages but for calculated, logical risks and disciplines of freedom (win-win dialectics, the root of all civilizations of any kind) to become possible and flourish, in short a reality knowable enough to provide possibilities of fulfillment of higher needs not even conceivable in lower states infected by disgustingly putrid belief-based viruses and other assorted retardations. Even the unreal fairy lands of programming, faux-freedom and silly degeneracy people like to populate today would be impossible without the firm ground built by the real truths of previous generations being steadily eroded year-after-year. This goes on until the bottom falls out and bam! no more fairy-lands for degenerates to take vacations from reality in. After that people have to start from scratch, rebuilding foundations of uncompromised principles once again.

    Subconscious conditioning is a given. It cannot be avoided even in the womb, but it can be steered inline with the dictates of nature with conscious willpower (provided the person is lucky enough to have the brain or the willpower in the first place) over what has access to exercise suggestive influence on our subconscious. In this way we decondition which means nothing more than programming our software with the natural to fit the hardware which is already natural.

    But regardless of who does the brainwashing and even in the most UN-BRAINWASHED system in line with nature itself, you’ll still need IMMEDIATE ACCESS to collective self-defense force backed by that un-brainwashed eternally-vigilant MAJORITY public opinion which will neither materialize nor maintain itself on its own and WHICH HAS TO BE REINFORCED DAILY through truthful propaganda spread by all honest people of goodwill in leadership positions in order to defend the win-win dialectic and the non-initiated-force-or-fraud (not strictly non-aggression, since defensive aggression is fully justified) principle against the win-lose of the parasitism which will always exist no matter what.

    The win-lose dialectic of parasitism can no more be eliminated than can natural inequalities between all individuals and hence groups of unequal individuals sharing similar principles or ancestry and ultimately groups of unequal cultures; the win-lose of parasitism can only be MINIMIZED, and this cannot be done without immediate PHYSICAL repercussions such as arrest, trial, prison time, deportation, capital punishment for serious cases, etc., the lethal and superior force behind which can only come from MAJORITY herd opinion ready for action. Ultimately even in a near-perfect society of nothing but anti-usurocracy Lysander Spooner individualists and anti-states, IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO GROUP FORCE by those who give it out of their voluntary choice, and therefore ‘governing’ and leader-ship-group-influencing of the minds of these individuals IN ORDER TO BE PRE-DISPOSED TO OFFER this voluntary eternal vigilance in defense of the win-win at all times is indispensable. Which is to say that manipulation cannot be eliminated from human relations but only used in service of protecting the true path of community synergy and MIGHT: the free and responsible choice for all individuals. This is a virtuous circle where the very superiority or adequateness of the protective-defensive force itself without which that culture and society wouldn’t exist depends on applying that force to protect only individuals. And any true protection of individuals does not put one out of balance or in disharmony with the social group by making neurotic extremists out of us.

    RESPONSIBLE means immediate and punishingly corrective RESPONSE when that free choice is used IRRESPONSIBLY to violate, exploit or apply a win-lose dialectic on others. Without a MEANS OF INSURING (access to MEDIUMS of communication to large numbers of people is the only means of this insurance) this IMMEDIATENESS in the coming together of voluntary force, it will never materialize because ANYONE can then use media to influence people to be once-more predisposed to all kinds of poisonous, exploitative and win-lose actions out of laziness and in order to spare themselves the effort of real productivity. In other words, the tip-of-the-iceberg of CONSCIOUS REASONING is always made in the context of a vastly more influential MOUNTAIN of SUBCONSCIOUS suggestion or programming that cannot be eliminated, only programmed as correctly and nature-dictated as possible. Scientific-in-the-widest-sense is the same as nature-dictated. Organized group actions and enforcements cannot be eliminated, only made voluntary and in service of the individual BECAUSE that path will in turn produce the most synergy and MIGHT OF THE GROUP for exactly that same community of similarly principled people.

    Lysander Spooner

    Vices Are Not Crimes

    A Vindication Of Moral Liberty


    “He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens.” – Carl Jung

    Memories, Dreams & Reflections by Carl Jung


    Instincts of the Herd In Peace & War by Wilfred Trotter


    On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense by Friedrich Nietzsche


    Anaïs Nin Reads from her Diary

    “This diary proves a tremendous, all-engulfing craving for truth, since to write it I risk destroying the whole edifice of my illusions, all the gifts I made, all that I created and protected, everyone whom I saved from the truth. What does the world need? The illusion I have in life or the truth I give in writing? When I went about dreaming of satisfying people’s dreams, satisfying their hunger for illusion, didn’t I know that this was the most painful and the most insatiable hunger? What impels me now to offer truth in place of illusion?” — Anaïs Nin

    Manly Palmer Hall – Destiny

    “Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.” – Charles Fort

    TRANCEformations – Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the Structure of Hypnosis by John Grinder and Richard Bandler


    “The art of living is based on rhythm — on give and take, ebb and flow, light and dark, life and death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good and bad, right and wrong, yours and mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, ‘the dance of life,’ metamorphosis.

    One can dance to sorrow or to joy; one can even dance abstractly. But the point is that, by the mere act of dancing, the elements which compose it are transformed; the dance is an end in itself, just like life. The acceptance of the situation, any situation, brings about a flow, a rhythmic impulse towards self-expression.

    To relax is, of course, the first thing a dancer has to learn. It is also the first thing a patient has to learn when he confronts the analyst. It is the first thing any one has to learn in order to live. It is extremely difficult, because it means surrender, full surrender.” – Henry Miller

    Henry Miller: An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere (1939)


    Frank Lloyd Wright interview 1957

    “Every idea that is a true idea has a form, and is capable of many forms. The variety of forms of which it is capable determines the value of the idea. So by way of ideas, and your mastery of them in relation to what you are doing, will come your value as an architect to your society and future.” — “Idea and Essence” September 7, 1958” ― Frank Lloyd Wright

    Confessions Of A Hope Fiend and the Politics of Ecstasy by Timothy Leary



    LSD — My Problem Child — Albert Hofmann



    Humanity’s Critical Path from Weaponry to Livingry by R. Buckminster Fuller


    The Grunch of Giants by R. Buckminster Fuller


    The Jews by Hilaire Belloc





    Secret Societies And Subversive Movements by Nesta H. Webster



    How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne


    An Introduction to the Economic Nature of the United States by Ezra Pound


    What Is Money For? by Ezra Pound


    100 Ways To Disappear And Live Free


    The Encyclopedia of Privacy – edited by William G. Staples


    The Divided Self by R. D. Laing


    Letter to His Father by Franz Kafka


    Disguise Techniques – Edmond MacInaugh


    Original Floating Cigarette Routine, the Final Word in Close Up Levitations – Steve Fearson


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