We can propose a very simple, streamlined and ultimately elegant new approach to the question of history, economics and capitalism/communism. We don’t need to either reject or accept the canon of marxism. We can adopt multiple points of view in a subject left as a reference source. The many confusions of that source can be simply bypassed. We can’t waste time in arguments that are useless.
Using an ultra streamlined version of the model in WHEE we can say empirically that world history shows a progression of epochs, and that modernity is the lastest phase of the process. Modernity shows an integrated complex of cultural/political innovations and these are far larger than the economic factor, and includes religious reformation, philosophical advances, science, the idea of freedom and its social vehicles, especially the revolutions of democracy, socialism/communism, and abolition in the early modern. The stream of proto-capitalist economic action crosses a threshold in the era of the industrial revolution and this full blown capitalism is met at once with a dialectical complement: socialism/communism. The onset of the new era will thus mediate the outcome of this dialectic (not to be confused with the dialectical mysticism of marxists, the term means the dynamic interaction in search of a resolution). We can derive the logic of a communist inevitability from the empirical circumstances of the action of the capitalist process: the crisis of climate alone tokens the end game, but there is much more, and the issue of the Commons shows that capitalism was always a rogue operation with no properly founded rationale. We can found the communist stance on property by examining the legacy of primitive accumulation and a deduction/axiom set based on a derivation of the reality of the Commons. The dialectical component of communism is a version of the democratic revolution in response to the action of rogue capitalism. The transition to post capitalism will conclude the epochal transformation of the economics of the new era.
That is all we need for a post-theoretical economics/communism. We deal in specific categories, not theories. The ‘theory’ of epochs isn’t even fully formulated but is simply a terrain survey of world history. Communism is not a stage of modes of production but a logical derivation of a stage of economic democracy. Capitalism cease to be a stage of history and is seen instead as both a dynamic of economic development and over and over again a rogue process flying out of control. The epoch of modernity is destined to bring this aspect under the aegis of civilization for the first time in the return of primitive accumulation to the Commons.