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Notes toward a new blogbook: the endgame of capitalist globalization

December 19th, 2016 · No Comments

We whipped up a quick first take on our new blogbook and this will be the path to a new an expanded manifesto of the type already created.

One shift out one idea per section in a booklet of three chapters…

Notes: Outline of a new blogbk:

1. Capitalism: an endgame
Capitalist globalization is reaching its endgame
as the status of the overall system becomes a question mark

1.1 the crisis of climate
The crisis of climate catastrophe to which
the economic system cannot respond demands we
stand out from our ‘alienation’ as economic agents

1.2 the blindness: ideology
We must ‘get the message’ of ideological hypnosis
as we observe the inability of the members of the capitalist cult
to see reality

1.3 Smith to Ayn Rand
We see the dangers of our situation in the progression
from Adam Smith, controversial enough, to a new toxic brand, the Randism of crackpot anti-communism

1.4 economic theories
We are mired in a vast confusion of economic theories which claim science but which are nothing of the kind.
Finding a zone of theoretical sanity requires a new almost ruthless streamlining of methodologies…
No more crackpot economics…

1.5 1848
We look backward to see we are the prophecy of the era of the 1848 revolutions when the conjunction
of capitalism as political economy undermining democracy became apparent. We have reached
the prophecy’s period of realization…

2. History and evolution
2.1 historical materialism
We need a broad perspective on history and evolution that can reconcile, or at least mediate, issues of
secularism, religion, evolutionism, philosophies materialist and idealist.
We sense that historical materialism is a marxist classic but in many ways too narrow for
the global diversity we see in global modernity.

2.2 economic determinism
We must wrest economic thinking from deterministic models with a Kantian consideration of free agents
who must take control of their economic subjection. They are not bound by laws to a predetermined outcome

2.3 stages of production
We can both embrace and transcend marxist stages of production theory:
the base and superstructure have a correlation, but no more
We have a relativity of stages with the mediation of a postcapitalist projection into the future
as the the dialectical challenge to any such progression. A postcapitalist communism, rightly conceived,
can act as the induce endstate of formats of production
2.4 a new model of history
We need a new model of history, clarifying issues of evolution and able to deal with the place of values
in the realm of fact…
2.5 materialism/idealism
The old debate of materialism and idealism is obsolete now: we can change gears at this point between
multiple perspectives, and this can show us the deeper currents of modernity behind the onset of scientims

3. Solutions/resolutions
3.1 epochs in transition
We see instead of stages of production a series of epochs in transition
and the progression from Axial era to the modern era reifies this progression.
The issue is not capitalism versus communism
but the realization of modernity as a form of postcapitalism that also realizes the democratic core of modern revolution

We can stop here but bookmark a future set of discussions
bringing together the issue of religion, evolution, and
the future evolution of man in a culture liberated from economic obsessions…
3.2 religion in world history
3.3 human evolution
3.4
3.5 Last and First Men

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Introduction….
We have already noted the many problems with the marxist theory of history and suggested a simple alternate approach. You can’t proceed to a communist settlement using a marxist theoretical package that has been the object of so much refutation. Simply drop the theory and proceed with the elements of the discourse, class, ideology, etc…They work fine as empirical discourses.

The advantage of this approach is that it can be taken as a simple outline given empirically with theoretical elements taken as suggested insights. And virtually all of the marxist legacy can be reanimated inside the model, save only the claims of hard theory, and the elimination of free agency. The whole argument about base and superstructure can be restated as an empirical account of particular societies/economies, with a statement of correlation, not determination/determinism. The stance of Kant was always far superior: take ‘free will’: its fundamental status, yet even in the context of Kantian antinomies, should remain a part of any social theory.

The model given https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/75650151/XML_DARW_GC_Axial/WHEE_abrdg_kindle_johnlandon_PDF2A.pdf looks very complicated but as noted a simple outline of history is enough: we can take the early modern as a transition to a new era and in that context we see the system moving toward a possible steady state in the interplay of capitalism and communism, as vehicles to realize the democratic revolution.
This model has all the properties espoused by Hegel and answers much more simply the question of the place of freedom in history. It is also neutral with respect to materialism and idealism, in fact the model inherits all the views of all civilizations mediated via modern perspectives. Marx added an emphasis on materialism to the mysterious dialectic of Kant/Schopenhauer and Hegel/etc…
That completed a large spectrum dialectic (beginning with Spinoza) of the early modern. The point is that the transition to a postcapitalist culture has to have a very broad base and the narrow materialism of the post-Hegelian era was too constricted. A problem easy to solve with anything but a cult of hard marxists.
In any case, the issue is to define what constitutes a secular modernity: it is far more complex than the constellation of reductionist scientism, darwinism and Iron Cage-ism. Look at the emergence of the idea of freedom in the early modern. Is this to be eliminated in the name of physics? The early modern stages a dialogue of causality and freedom. This climaxes in Kant. To throw that away in the attempt to impose physics on all thought was a huge blunder of the early nineteenth century contraction into scientism (which really emerged in the early modern also)…
There is a lot more in this vein, but the basic point is that marxism is very flawed but easy to repair, but not so easy to convince diehards here.
to be continued…

Outline of a new blogbk:
1. Capitalism: an endgame
1.1 the crisis of climate
1.2 the blindness: ideology
1.3 Smith to Ayn Rand
1.4 economic theories
1.5 1848

2. history and evolution
2.1 historical materialism
2.2 economic determinism
2.3 stages of production
2.4 a new model of history
2.5 materialism/idealism

3. Solutions/resolutions
3.1 epochs in transition
3.2 religion in world history
3.3 human evolution
3.4
3.5 Last and First Men

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