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Red Fortyeight Group: Neo-communism ersatz

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Abrupt Climate Change is Here
Is abrupt climate change already here?
There are some serious scientists who believe it is already here. If their analysis is correct, the world could turn nearly uninhabitable within current lifetimes.

I think that almost as alarming as the climate calamity is the newly deadbeat character of marxist activism at a time when radicals in propeller caps should be on the verge of storming the West Wing. I have tried to analyze the reasons here multiple times: marxism has lived through, or into, a cultural ‘paradigm’ shift that doesn’t quite digest historical materialism or the assumptions of much nineteenth century scientism/darwinism/reductionism.
I have thus proposed a way to carry the core issues of a ‘neo-communism’ in a postmarxist direction, and that without necessarily rejecting the whole legacy. Something has to change, fast, or the moment is going to be lost, as the elite powermoguls of neoliberalism rewrite communism for the 1%. The issue on almost all marxist dogmas is ‘who cares’ and we need a rough and ready set of non-theory protocols that are clear, simple and direct descendants of the golden oldies of marxist, in a new language.

We have looked at the connection with modernity, and antiquity, and sought three religious tie-ins, neo-buddhist, islamic, and xtian, in the context of a fourth purely secular perspective based on a purely historical reckoning of civilization. The four things, to which more can be added (viz. Confucianism) can allow an ‘assembly’ of co-communists to move together toward postcapitalism.

All this should have been done long since, and it looks like the thirty five years since the fall of bolshevism has been a waste. Not a single activist group can get its act together, and we are left with the puzzle that the OWS completely illuminated: a sudden surge of energy followed by immediate blowup on the launch pad. The OWS,to me, in retrospect, seems to have spread a set of false assumptions into the activism sphere. Perhaps these were there since the sixties. But the need for a large scale formation that is not going to do chapter and verse on historical materialism or marxist shibboleths is critical, and the whole protocol of the Second Internationale needs to be recast. Hey, capitalist automotics (?) has a new model every year, out by october of the prior year. A new model of neo-communism is needed stat as the climate calamity threatens: it is clear, no, that capitalism has proven the prophets of its doom more than right.

Red Fortyeight group: revolution 101, gedanken experiments //West Wing and economic planning
White House West Wing - 1st Floor with Cabinet Room highlighted
The gist of Last and First Men can be taken as a gedanken experiment (please be wary here of active intent, I need hard remind radicals) as a stage toward an active movement. People are too paralyzed with inertia to do anything else, for a start. The odds seem overwhelming against any kind of revolutionary movement. We can’t even figure out which movements (especially in the war on terror) aren’t really seeded by covert agencies. But this situation leaves the groundwork needed to the future, when it will be too late.
I have made the case that marxism is slightly dated, and the way its core can be salvaged very easily. People will simply not deal with marxism until its core is translated into a new canon.
What we need to do in this early phase is to create a viable perspective on communism, marxism, scientism, religion and secularism, the nature of modernity, and much else. A prime task is to put marginalist economics under the microscope and produce some versions that people can study with or without mathematics: the nature of the capitalist con game is unknown even to most marxists because they are in the nineteenth century.

The approach of LFM is a bit odd for many but it shows how one can deal with evolutionary theories, historical dynamics and ‘end of history’ issues, the nature of revolution in the early modern, and the way in which a challenge to capitalism was embedded in modernity even before the industrial revolution. This approach has all the advantages of a high powered theory, but without the fragile theory.
The dynamics of the ‘macro’ effect in world history shows how the modern transition creates a clear slot for a revolutionary movement without the details being given in advance. And then as a parting shot the modern transition concludes with a dual capitalist/communist dual exit game. We need to see that capitalism has no teleological future. It will go on and on and destroy the planet without blinking and finally degenerate into the absurdities we see in the previous post with the privatization of prisons. We are in danger of dangerous delay and the result will be a heartbreaking moment of absolute authoritarian power given to the Ayn Rand mindset. At that point an elite class far more frightening than anything in the medieval lords and ladies world will have almost total control, and gosh knows that the neuroscience revolution will cook up. Downton Abbey apotheosis, upstairs/downstairs made real. Yeah, you thought those movies were nothing but PBS entertainment.
One good gedanken experiment is whether the dynamics of computer tech acceleration, Moore’s Lae will allow the equivalent of old-style economic planning in a space the size of the West Wing. Very soon this will be more than mere speculation after the fashion of Toward a New Socialism, with its discussion of this question in terms of 1970’s computers. The mainframes of that era can now put their software on laptops. This is a symbolic question, to be sure, but the point is dawning that capitalism has to be dealt with: our choices are dwindling.

White House West Wing - 1st Floor with Cabinet Room highlighted

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