I missed Jameson’s book, An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army, so it is strangely odd to have produced my own manifesto in about the same time frame. I have not read this book, but from the discussion here, and the post at Counterpunch today (scroll down for link, or go to http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2016/08/fredric-jamesons-war-machine/) one can get some idea.
The discussion of this book is unclear: what is he talking about? Universal conscription, perhaps a gedanken experiment… It seems the discussion is in a state of postmodernizing verbiage?
But I object to the way the discussion is pegged to the illusions of ‘utopia’. The whole question of a communist utopia was ill-conceived from the start and created confusion. If anything we see now that it is capitalist globalization that is utopian: a globe of universal free market capitalism is undergoing failure and miscomputes the limits of such a utopian vision. We need a new system that is decidedly less utopian and which can be more than still another social democratic illusion. We need a first exemplar of communist system. In the form I have considered this is a practical construct that speaks of the expropriation of the bourgeoisie, creates a constitutional foundation for a neo-communism that leaves the question of markets to a semi-autonomous state inside that framework. This is different from ‘market socialism’, although the resemblance might be close. There are many descriptions here: http://darwiniana.com/?s=market+neo-communism+communism.
It is a myth created by the right since Mises et al that socialism is impossible because of the market calculation issue. But a close account of that debate shows the case has never been conclusively made. The capitalists are operating with a notorious set of fraudulent theories that prove nothing about markets versus planning. But in any case our framework is a hybrid that can experiment with remorphed versions of markets that can evolve possibly into more planned versions. But the point is to create a from of communism as a constitutional given. That is not utopian. Whether it could come by an electoral path is unclear, but surely the issue is less utopian than what we are stuck with now. Such a thing is possible because it is a remorphed version of democracy with a constitutional communism. The outline is the same as the american revolution to create democracy. Its constitutional second phase could create democratic communism instead of the democratic capitalism of the earlier brand. This is a little harder than the original, but what we have now is becoming a monstrosity.