This post sets a harsh moral tone in the context of the hopeless morass of Machiavellian politics in a period when even the Bolsheviks ended up in this morass, making it worse.
The left has to perform a difficult transition to something better than ‘bourgeois democracy’ and ‘totalitarian communism’; it must make communism more democratic, and democracy more communist. It is important to shake oneself: the record does not show what is needed, and neither marxism nor leninism has a monopoly on the subject….of postcapitalism. One feels like the BlackLivesMatter group: the conventional left is unable to deal with its own struggle, or anyone else’s.
It is hard to imagine the success of post-machiavellian politics, but the transition to a postcapitalist democratic neo-communism is the task of the impossible, and the only way forward. History is pitting man against his own extinction, as if indifferent to the result: do it right or drop dead.
A New Communism must cure the disease of the covert agency wresting control of government and creating a monstrosity of psychopaths. Leninism failed here and made the problem worse. Strike one. Let us note however that the US has brought the genre to the stage of fake democracy disguising outright fascism in a mafia reign of murder. We cannot expect a revolutionary transition to forego intelligence actions, but surely a first step in a serious postcapitalist system is to tear down the CIA, dismiss its operatives and start over with something better than Murder Inc disguised by James Bond fantasies.
We have little choice: in a last ditch effort we could wrest this system from its mafia and stop the rush to 4C plus!! The point is that we don’t know what neo-communism must be at the stage of postcapitalism, nor do we know what a revolution is, and realizing our ignorance can help the dangerous passage, with little guidance from the alarming derailment of the Second Internationale. we have no guides here.
Look at the remarkable case of Kant, with his challenge to politicians to not lie. This produces laughter now (and I think Kant didn’t fully grasp his own categorical imperative??) but if you consider the state of psychopathy brought into existence by people (we don’t even know who they are) who staged the 9/11 conspiracy. It is not use saying Machiavelli got government right by facing reality. His compromise has reached the stage of cancer in a system created by people who were naively able to create at least a crude start on a democracy. Noone in our current system has a clue to that as drone Murder One in the White House becomes an issue of National (In)Security. The whole thing is rotten beyond repair.