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The last revolution

May 21st, 2016 · No Comments


We have been dealing with the ‘what next’ question here from the start, from even before the start of the Sanders campaign last year. Our thinking is a streamlined take on the classic mainline of radical movements since 1848 in the grand cliches of the the tide of that symbolic year: the world is readying for what successors to the French Revolution called the coming of the ‘last revolution’. That time seems to have arrived as we confront the ternminal case of globalization, capitalism, and now climate change. But the older format of the classic marxist brand seems unable to meet the situation now. We should nevertheless consider the generalized core of that remarkable legacy beginning in the 1840’s and climaxed by the Communist Manifesto whose core idea, the expropriation of the bourgeoisie seems remarkably appropriate now. Much of the theoretical baggage of marxism however seems less useful now, save as background. That’s a warning it is not ready at the moment of truth to do anything but repeat old slogans. They should be repeated, but the overall initiative must chance a rewrite of the classics, without coopting their basic grit, e.g. the drift into social democratic hype zones. We have suggested a redefinition of communism, or new communism, with a variant ‘market communism’, the latter perhaps a transitional phasing of economic legacy capitalism under the condition of the abolition of private property. Nothing in the definition of communism forbade, as such, the operation of markets, which could operate under conditions of the Commons. Note that the Commons is not the same as ‘state socialism’: we need to consider the analogous separation of powers in a neo-communist system, without or without vestigial markets. The ‘one party state’ is a classic ruin scenario and a new kind of constitutional axiomatics is needed. And this must be a global action. All the radical upsurges we have seen, like OWS, have generated global echoes, and that is the premonition of transnational radicalism coming into its own, once again. We have moved beyond the question of populist demands in a local national economy. We confront the larger system of exploitation on which the US system depends.

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