It is useful, even if the idea of market neo-communism really suggests a revolutionary alternative, to propose directly its core themes as a remorphing of the Democratic platform now in motion in the week of conventions.
I see no inherent impossibility in an electoral path to the abolition of private property, the creation of a new constitutional government, and a the creation of the institutions needed to generate a new economic communism, with or without some form of markets.
Let us at least get the ideas mentioned in context…
In Last and First Men I brought in the idea of the Universal Class. I was righter than I knew at the time.
I think the marxist left’s preoccupation with the ‘working class’ is out of date, as it were. And the whole focus on the working class was subtly condescending and a way to disguise the class basis of the ‘vanguard’ (as Lenin later put it) of radical activists. The working class is an abstraction and it never came through in the way intended (although the early twentieth century up to the sixties showed that component clearly enough) as revolutionary. Now the status of the working class is almost pathetic and degraded. And it is disappearing. And we should hardly regret that. Civilization is creating one Universal Class, and the focus on the ‘working class’, despite its key realities in many sectors of the global economy, is confusing the issue.
We need a general movement of all classes taken as one class in a new form of equalization, in an economy where the working class is about to disappear.
The working class was an abstraction and abstractions can’t lead revolutions. And the reality we see in Trump is the inferiority complex of the working class exploited by a complete moron like Trump who can speak from a level of equal stupidity.
Let’s face the reality: class warfare has foundered in intelligence differentials. That might be the source of handwringing in some quarters, but the concern would be misplaced. Human populations are in motion and moving to the status of a new universal class of higher intelligence and potential. We thus need not regret the passing of the working class. Behind the pathetic remnant seduced by Trump, the real core former ‘working class’ is mutating along with everyone else into a new humanity.
It is significant to watch Trump’s sense of being stupid and being suddenly intelligent (??), or so he thinks: it is ugly to watch in his case, but the working class is in general leaving behind the degraded remnants of itself to the likes of Trump as it lays the foundation for the successor to the working class.
We need a movement on the order of the marxist type prescriptions, but updated, with the idea of the Universal Class. The working class concept was subtly degrading and its failure is evident in retrospect…
Universal men of the Universal class Unite….
While capitalism has brought unprecedented development, this same motor of development is now driving towards ecological collapse, threatening to doom us all.
Source: How Individualist Economics Are Causing Planetary Eco-Collapse
WASHINGTON, DC –(ENEWSPF)–July 21, 2016. Donald Trump just delivered an acceptance speech which was leaked earlier tonight. Despite soaring, record temperatures and a deepening climate crisis, his speech does not even mention the word “climate” a single time. In Response, Sierra Club Political Director Khalid Pitts Released the Following Statement: “Donald Trump has never been at a loss for words, but his address tonight was silent on the rising climate crisis threatening American communities across the nation. In one of the most dark and foreboding nomination speeches in our history, its tone foreshadows the fate which awaits environmental protections if he is elected president.”
Source: Sierra Club: Trump Speech “Silent on the Rising Climate Crisis Threatening American Communities” – eNews Park Forest
The Democratic platform contains the strongest statement about the urgent need for climate action ever issued by a major U.S. party.
Source: Democratic Platform Calls For WWII-Scale Mobilization To Solve Climate Crisis | ThinkProgress
The real action, to the extent that it can get going in a world fumbled by New Scientist types, is rethinking evolution in the light of new information.
Source: New Scientist peddles Darwinism even now. | Uncommon Descent
With the Republican convention just concluded, and the Democrat party nominating convention around the corner, it has now become clear that the 2016 U.S. presidential election is unlike preceding e…
Source: Trump, Trade and Working Class Discontent
Seen live, Trump’s speech hits 7.5 on the Nuremberg scale, and the nightmare scenario inches closer to reality.
Source: After that Diabolical, Masterful Performance, Donald Trump Could Easily End up President | Alternet
Thursday night, Trump spent considerable air time speaking (more like yelling) about how America’s steel and coal workers have been ignored and sold-out for decades by both political parties. He promised to bring back those long-disappearing jobs and to put their needs front and center in his administration. As the daughter of a steel worker, I admit it was nice to finally hear someone talk about how the old industrial working class was robbed of their dignity and livelihood, with little regard for the devastation left behind.
Source: The Lopsided Political Dialogue With the Working Class | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
The democratic foundational moment of the American Revolution is taken as an exemplar of democratic emergence in world history, but a closer look shows an outcome so embarrassing we might recoil in shock with a sense it was nothing of the kind. The Brits warned at the start: you will create a republic on the foundation of Indian genocide, voiding the result.
In fact, thus, it created a fake democracy, a not inconsiderable achievement in the realm of the bluff and a loan against the future: that promissory note is really coming due now with a preposterous, but very logical enjoinder: create that democracy and get that debt paid. The first part was paid with the Civil War. The next requires dealing with economic foundations. The ‘real democracy’ requires dealing with corrupt politics and a poorly defined political system, and most importantly with the runaway economics of capitalism/imperialism next to the genocide of the american indians/
We see that our ‘democracy’ is just a promissory note, one that should be paid in due order, soon. The Civil War came swiftly: there was no other possibility. The issue of the economic system is not coming so easily, in part because the expression of capitalism was an historical opportunity (a world market from a continental market, etc…), maybe. But this system cannot idle much longer: the note has come due, and we see that oblivion is becoming the real outcome.
Let’s make the point clear: the American revolution simply issued a promissory note on democracy. The Civil War paid the first installment. The final installments are not so easily defined. But we have a system now that is discredited by its genocide, among other issues. That means it can’t be the solution.
This and related questions are a warning that the system we live in can’t be reformed. It must start over, paying its notes that have come due…
The first and best option is economic democracy as a foundation, and we can derive logically the basic format of communism from the issue of ‘primitive accumulation’: the basis of capitalist wealth was created by extraction from the Commons. A real democratic starting point requires its return to the Commons.
http://darwiniana.com/2016/07/22/market-neo-communism-for-the-dems-a-third-party-a-revolutionary-guerilla-war-an-internationalist-initiative/ After this proposal we must ask if the electoral equivalent of revolution is possible?
We confront a dangerous situation: democracy no longer exists and the electoral equivalent on any level is illusory. If x is not a democracy then we have to use other means to create that democracy. That was the point of the communist critique: democracy requires an economic transformation. On that basis we proceed with the requirement that whatever we do we must create freedom.That was the point of the garbled ‘end of history’ debate. Clearly ‘freedom’ is more than ‘free markets’. There is every possibility of a communist system doing that. But we can’t expect a fake electoral system to accomplish that. Then again it might. A time of desperation is coming, and we must consider the revolutionary, but we will have electoral options we didn’t predict as the crisis unfolds. That’s why a progressivist platform is insufficient. Let’s ask for what is needed, not just what is supposedly ‘possible’.
Reich wants us to wait until after November for this party. But why not wait for four years, or eight, to be sure.
I think we should act immediately starting with the convention next week: let us propose a brand of market neo-communism addressed to the platform changes of the Democrats. Failing that we don’t vote for Clinton.
Our formulation of market neo-communism wasn’t directed to hopeless cases like the Democrats, but it is a spectrum of approaches and there is no reason we can’t at least reshuffle a throwaway version for the Convention, to create at least a sense of tension:
a new platform that advocates the abolition of private property (industrial scale)
that proposes new forms of corporate organization (with ownership in the Commons)…
that demands a new politics beyond legalized bribery
that demands a new constitutional foundation…
etc…we have many such lists of what can be proposed. There is absolutely nothing in our demand for revolution that is embarrassed by an attempt to at least toss a paper airplane reference to postcapitalism at the convention, viz. market neo-communism. Sanders raised the question of revolution and socialism and he can’t ask anyone to give up those ideas: his endorsement of Clinton is not a well defined stance…
A small step: market neo-communism proposed for the DNC platform. In your face…embarrass the Dems, noise, guffaws, ..for myself, I have noone to vote for…
Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos,…
The real history of the communist manifesto goes back to the early modern and the prophetic mysticism of Munzer and Winstanley, and Marx/Engels must have sensed this.
This is a curiously apt discussion and history of the famous Communist Manifesto of Marx/Engels. The notion of the ‘poetry of the revolution’ springs from the classic 18th Brumaire written in the wake of the failed revolutions of 1848. The idea springs to life in the way Marc criticizes the 1848 revolutions as being stuck in the past, attempted imitations of the French Revolution. The notion is really a demand to project a poesis or creativity in the revolutionary future. Here the curiously significant connection with art manifestos such as the manifesto of Futurism puts the exclamation mark to the need to transcend revolutionary dynamics with a creative action that realizes a real future as an aesthetic challenge to mechanics, and the exposure of the false present as a zombie of mechanized ‘faces/persons’.
Although I only became aware of this book after writing Toward a New Communist Manifesto (Amazon/John Landon) it expresses well the idea that the marxist left is in danger of making the same mistake seen by Marx in the period 1848. The left is looking backward at the creative manifestations of the early internationale. But history is in motion and at the end of capitalism a futurist vision of its successor must be more than Marx shibboleths and be able to bring an aesthetic in the real sense of praxis as ‘poesis’ to the creative future.
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