We won’t answer the question just yet, here: the basic answer being ‘no, but’….But these situations can suffer sudden unraveling and the ‘no’ answer should not under any conditions forestall preparations for the social calamity that will hand those ready a revolutionary opportunity. The fascists will be ready, so the left had best have everything ready.
We have mostly confined discussion to producing a more up to date ‘popular’ post-marxism that can distill the gist of Marx and Engels and create something that will be usable by a broad spectrum of world views: historical materialism was too limited and, while it is fine the way it is as an historical classic of economic/historical analysis, seems like an episode in early positivism. The left needs to talk a broad list of languages beyond its interior jargon, religious, philosophical, mega-secular, etc… It is very easy to create the net equivalent for our time, with its changed cultural mix, from new agers to a host of new cultural types. We have in Last and First Men tried to create a superset model of history, useful, and not especially controversial, save to darwinists, to integrate ideas of modernity, revolution/evolution, and the place of the left in the context of the explosion of capitalism in the period synchronous to the French Revolution, etc…
The point here is that this model can embrace true ‘dialectical’ (we don’t use the term) pairs of historical generators: here capitalism and its communist counterpoint born together and multitasking in parallel.
Using new materials we can change the mechanized habits of the old left which are defunct and unable to respond to the current crisis. Some of the issues integrated are:
history, historicism, and evolution
world religions in the dynamic of the axial age
economic determination vs macro determination
modernity in terms of a finite transition model
a kantian socialism remembered as the parallel to marxism
The question of practical revolutionary action invokes the impossible, waiting on possibility, in the nonce compiling the docket of charges against the American system, at the least: beyond a general examination of capitalist limits in relation to communist challenges we have
the legacy of rising imperialism since the end of the nineteenth century
the moment of the Gilded Age
the ambiguity of the New Deal
the onset of neoliberalism
the invention of covert agencies
the legacy of antidemocratic coups
the legacy of assassinations, exterior, interior: the JFK evidence
the criminality of 9/11 and the coverup of the criminal conspiracy
the question of Israel and its influence
the place of wall street, finance, etc…
From this we can document a charge of governmental racketeering and grounds for what the Founding Fathers demanded (given a republic if you can keep it): a new revolution if you can’t keep it.