An Exercise in Dialectics 

In both classical physics and quantum physics dialectics involves the propensity of material and immaterial things to move. This motion is responsible for the development of both the material and the immaterial and their transformation from one state to another. Motion is the mode of existence of all real things. This motion is the result of struggle and contradiction between the positive and negative forces within everything. The resulting motion is of two types: movement through time/space and movement or transformation from one state to another.

In classical physics, a thing is what it is: a plant, a rock, or a horse. No two of these things can occupy the same space at the same time, and no single thing can be in more than one place at a time. In quantum physics, things that have no mass can occupy the same space at the same time, can be in more than one place at the same time, and can be this and that simultaneously. The difference between material things and non-material things is not to be found in the fact of motion but rather in the form that this motion takes. All things move, but material things move one way and immaterial things move in a different way.

Consciencism calls “dynamic human effort”, action. Action can be either positive or negative. Positive and negative action is both material and immaterial phenomena and therefore demonstrate characteristics of both classical and quantum physics. 

Positive and negative actions co-exist and interact in a multitude of ways. The thing Africans do to continue our existence is positive action. The acquisition and application of science and technology to meet the people’s needs is positive action. The creative labor of the masses that produce the material and immaterial requirements of life is positive action. All resistance to capitalism and imperialism and their ideology is positive action.

Positive and negative actions each have characteristics with a dialectical dual nature. Each is expressed in particular isolated incidents and, at the same time, in the general universal movement. Like the wave-particle enigma in quantum physics, focusing on a particular incident (particle) distorts your perception of the general movement (wave). Every Incident happens at a certain time & in a particular place. Incidents must be seen in the context of time and space to be understood. General movements, however, unfold over extended periods of time and are not confined to any particular space. To study the movement, you must use dialectics to assess all related incidences over time and throughout all related spaces. The dual nature of positive and negative action is expressed as incidents and movements simultaneously. 

An example can be made of Africans fighting police terror. Most Africans in the United States do not know that Africans in Haiti or Mali are also fighting police terror. They do not see the effect that the struggle in Haiti has on the struggle in the United States or Mali. They don’t see that the USA, Haiti, and Mali are all aspects of the same struggle against police terror, nor do they understand that the sum total of African struggles against police in every territory (known and unknown) is the worldwide African struggle against police terror. The police are part of an international complex. Every African fighting police fight against this complex. We are fighting the same enemy and its armed agents. That enemy is the Industrial, Police/Military, Intelligence Complex (IPIC). Agents of this complex confront us at every instance, with the objective of defeating our general movement. Fighting police terror anywhere is to fight police terror everywhere. It’s been an exercise in dialectics all along.

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