For Leibowitz to cite the evolutionary path of Marx/Engels is going to be the nail in the coffin of any serious postcapitalism. I could be wrong, and find the exploration of this aspect of Marx in the post 1848 era a challenge to thought. But the reality we face is stark and tragic. How can we hope to deal with the coming tragedy with this one aspect of Marx? Reactionaries are going to have a field day with Leibowitz’s version of the Bernstein thinking. But, of course, a revolution would seem almost impossible. And yet the moment did come.
I think we must be prepared and have all the plans ready at all times, including the Lebowitz versions. The powers of Capital are getting stronger and stronger and it is barely possible to even stage a street demonstration. We must be wary of nineteenth century conclusions one way or the other….But the idea the neo-liberal nexus is going to allow a piecemeal transition to socialism in a capitalist context (if that is what Leibowitz is talking about) is fantasy.