I am starting on Jameson’s An Amercian Utopia, and already don’t feel hopeful I will be able to handle it: it’s the postmodern mind in action, a mind somewhere near Ginsburg’s Howl and, well, who knows, the supermuddle of Foucault and Lacan. I am fortunate. I missed all that.
The issue is simple: utopia isn’t the issue at all. We need practical praxis, and realizable constructs. Utopias are unrealizable, and target practice for the right. Why would Jameson use such a term.
Meanwhile proposals given are idiotic, apart from bread and butter issues like a basic income. Bravo for that, at least. However, there is nothing wrong in principle with the discussion of ‘dual power’. It is an entirely straightforward enquiry for those disillusioned with the legacy of revolution, etc…
But I think that we cannot evade the need for a revolution at this point. Our loss of the concept is only temporary. The concept was lost after the English Civil War in the platitutes of the Restoration and beyond.
No, the idea of revolution is gestating another comeback. Because it is logically the solution to the problem. We will know for sure when it happens, but we should ready for the occassion. And we are not.
The issue is over-analyzed and here riddled with postmodern jargon and concepts. Drop them. Postmodernism has exhausted the common sense of a whole generation, and its proponents are muddle has beens.
But I got the message from the foreword by Zizek. There will be blood, he says. Not mine, I hope.
The issue is the basic one of proto-marxism before that too was muddled:
the French Revolution exposed the class aspect of revolution
but all the revolutions of the early modern failed, and then succeeded and democracy was achieved. We must see the reality of revolution.
so the issue of Babeuf the phantom at the end of one revolution and the beginning of another, the last revolution
but we must have our story straight. Marxism is a great resource, but it confused people. We need a simple and clear view, the kind of transparent view adopted by early revolutionaries who didn’t deal with complex theories.
we need a revolution to succeed the French that will deal with class, capitalism, and the structures of power. It might have a authoritarian transition, but it must become democratic.
In general my idea of a market neo-communism shows one approacy. It has nothing to do with utopia. It is a question of a new kind of democracy, and this involves communism.
That’s it. We should not say this is utopia. I see no reason why such a communism can’t come about via an electoral process, but in reality the issue as noted always was and is about a revolution.
That can be achieved in many ways. But let us note that democracy involved revolution. The same will be true of democratic communism in the dual problem rendered of capitalism, and democracy…
Marxism is hard to assess, but overall it has confused many issues. Simply start over and clarify. Postmodernists are almost in the morgue already. We need no worry about them.
There people are academic celebrities and class snobs in disguise. They don’t concern us.
Se we can restate the problem and solution in one paragraph, with marxism and postmodernism sidelined.
Slavery was finished because dirt farmers fought a war that was a revolution. They charged into battle and died. At the end slavery died. So for the revolution to postcapitalism. It may not happen, but we must not be couch potatoes too much longer:
Lincoln near the end game:
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
A planet without elephants is a symbol of our true desperation, and not worth living in. We each get one good chance to die for the future.