The Dialectic as learned from the Occupy movement is discussed here on FaceBook (where the "inquiry" was done) and the work-in-progress area is here on the wikiversity beta site.
This was my first opportunity to apply my dialectical learning from my critical inquiry into the Occupy movement in person to people who are generally seeking change for society (and civilization). What I learned this weekend is that the communist dialectic comes as a surprise to many (who should know better).
From my description of the Hegelian Dialectic (aproximately thesis, antithesis, synthesis), these progressives and hippies tended to associate the Dialectic only with capital structure, as I originally did. Apparently, there is a misconception that communism extends from socialism (probably perpetuated by communists) but, as it happens communism shares far more with capitalism than socialism. These commonalities include the ancient Socratic/Platonic (and others) oligarchic, and economics gleaned from the arch-dialectic Hegel who, apparently, learned economics from Adam Smith. After all, Marx's communist tome is entitled "Das Kapital."
When I described the dialectic to like-minded people (as I discovered it through critical inquiry into Occupy to highly-progressive concert-goers), they consistently saw in it terms of the current capital structure (a plutarchy), and some even confirmed the Hegel-Hitler connection. But, most important, none made the communism connection even though communism is defined in terms of the material-historical dialectic as learned by Marx and Engels from Hegel.
One older hippie said that Marx was the smartest person that ever lived (for inventing communism that attacked the capital dialectic) apparently without having read Marx or Engels. He had philosophic knowledge, so maybe he was misinformed by his professors. The Dialectic likes to hide in the shadows, as György Stiffel said about Hegel's people, so we can presume that dialecticians are liars. (This goes to the dangers of metacognition as the metacognitivists of cognitive behavioral theory follow Socrates religiously.
In fact, this progressive called me a communist (in a complementary way), but what I think he meant was "Utopian" socialist, which is precisely what Marx and Engels used the dialectic to attack and destroy. This was in Germany in the late 1800s. German socialism ultimately grew into National Socialism: NAZIs. So, it might be said that Marx and Engels created Nazism by destroying German Utopian socialism to create Communism. This also suggests that Nazism is equivalent to Communism in the big picture, which has been confirmed by the brutality of Stalin and Mao, for instance. It also speaks volumes about Rednecks, who, despite living close to nature, are purely synthetic with minds formed for them, largely by backwoods anti-pacifistic churches.
Metacognition is becoming increasingly important because misconceptions that are this wide-spread and complete can only be described as metacognitions, huge bundles of little persistent lies continually maintained by persistent liars: dialecticians.
Metacognition blends into the psychological study of "working memory" which describes the constructs in our brains that are the "information side" of thought. Working memory may describe thought itself (as the interrelation of small memories of things that happened and how they happened). Executive function is described as the "controlling mechanism" in the pre-frontal cortex that operates the working memory system, and therefore executive control. Thus, the dialecticans want to control that so that they can control the mind, and metacognition is becoming a replacement for didactic education.
It is safe to say that a metacogntion is what Carl Rogers defined as non-experiential introjection, false leanings pushed into self-concept by others that are sometimes synthesized experiences. Low self-esteem is an example.
Despite all this advancement, the dialecticians still hang onto Socrates as their guiding oligarchic philosopher, which gives them away as abusers as Socrates worked a tutor primarily to give him access to young boys for sex -- Western Civilization was a side-effect. I had some fum calling the Mt Allison University chapel (where some of the music was performed), the Socratic "man boy" temple --which everyone seemed to fully grok. Aboriginals would too, even more so, as they were raped by (Catholic) Socratics more than anyone in the residential schools.