Rapper Prodigy, of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep, announced a new album. Its title? The Hegelian Dialectic.
New album “The Hegelian Dialectic” https://t.co/sPnqUvnuVs
— PRODIGY MOBBDEEP (@PRODIGYMOBBDEEP) 23 Août 2015
New album “The Hegelian Dialectic” A video posted by prodigy Mobbdeep (@prodigymobbdeep) on
In the brief teaser video Prodigy uploaded to Instragram, the musician included a slide depicting a dialectical schema.
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) 27 Août 2015
Agenda: Centralization of power
Thesis: Manufactured terrorist threat
Anti-Thesis: Repressive police state
Synthesis: Removal of freedoms, transfer of power from the many to the few
This isn’t quite the (idealist) dialectic in the sense in which Hegel himself originally conceived of it.
In fact, Prodigy’s example is closer to the (materialist) dialectic advanced by Marx.
As Marx writes in Volume I of Capital (emphasis mine):
The mystification which dialectic suffers in Hegel’s hands, by no means prevents him from being the first to present its general form of working in a comprehensive and conscious manner. With him it is standing on its head. It must be turned right side up again, if you would discover the rational kernel within the mystical shell.
My dialectic method is not only different from the Hegelian, but is its direct opposite. To Hegel, the life-process of the human brain, i.e. the process of thinking, which, under the name of ‘the Idea’, he even transforms into an independent subject, is the demiurgos of the real world, and the real world is only the external, phenomenal form of ‘the Idea’. With me, on the contrary, the ideal is nothing else than the material world reflected by the human mind, and translated into forms of thought.
Here’s hoping that Prodigy’s next album will be The Marxist Dialectic.