Marx’s overconfidence about the stage of capitalism, despite its horrors, leading to its successor is causing many to hesitate at the key moment. There is no law of history of the kind Marx thought real. And his sense of capitalism was actually too compliant with its destructive potential.
Every stage of capitalism has indulged in a form of cultural rape. At this point the game has consolidated immense power over the past forty years, and is getting ready for cultural super-rape, what to say, of environmental destruction. The strong promotion of Ayn Rand with Nietzsche in the background suggests the gestating aims of fascist eugenics, far beyond mere working class/middle class/upper middle class destruction. Note that the upper middle class is still in the peanut gallery zone.
We think this impossible, but the twentieth century shows how that kind of cultural rape can emerge from the right.
The idea of a gedanken experiment for a New Communism, however allergic Americans might be to such an idea, is an important ‘duty’ taken as a failsafe, like installing fire-extinguishers. From there practical action can proceed where necessary.
Even if it makes you queasy try to think through the potential for really dealing with rogue capitalism, which is acting like a runaway freight train, with nothing to stop it.
This system is close to the point of no return as you wait for some response from conventional government…