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R48G: a short blogbook in search of a title: modernity, capitalism and the ends of history…

February 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

We have another upgrade of our blogbook, and can proceed with a partial version to consider the need for a new set of activist groups that can reanimate the original vision of the nineteenth century…

1. Civilization in Crisis
The era of capitalist globalization has signaled that its world historical phase is approaching an end. In all of the discussions of the end of history we have failed to foresee that we could be left with no choice but to move beyond the era of capitalist markets. The question of climate change alone forces the issue: whatever the nature and future of ‘markets’ the stark reality confronts us that completely ‘free’ markets are a malevolent anti-ecological force. We need to define an exit strategy from the obsessive generation of ecological and economic chaos generated by the ideology of such free markets.
More generally the whole foundation of secular modernity is threatened by the cult of capitalism.
1.1 On the threshold of climate catastrophe
The system of capitalist economy has defaulted to a runaway ecological nemesis controlled by an monopolist class mesmerized by ideological economics now determined to drive the system over a cliff. The prescient warnings of the prophetic early socialists have never been more relevant: this system will create its own dooms day scenario. Tragically the onset of the neo-liberal era in the 1970’s was synchronous with the first realization of the threat of climate change. The first warnings were sounded in the early stages of that economic counterrevolution, and an entire generation has been lost as the warnings have fallen on deaf ears. A series of limited measures have nonetheless been enacted, and a series of technical innovations have begun to show the way to a post-carbon era, but the capitalist capture of governmental action has produced a situation in the critical red zone: the ominous question emerges. Is it too late? We can see that without a revolutionary action to take control of the capitalist psychosis.
1.2 Capitalism and Empire
The history of capitalism has seen a series of imperialistic economic phases, from as early as the Spanish empire of the sixteenth century.
The global system is now beset with the american juggernaut: a combined capitalist and imperialistic system transfixed by a militarism that has become malevolent. We confront a sphinx-like system beset with a cabal of industrial, capitalist, and military factions in league as they pursue nothing less than a series of ‘wars for profit’. The famous military industrial complex of Eisenhower has graduated to the status of a new and elusively covert tyranny.
1.3 The Deep State
This evidence shows that the american system has been taken over by a mysterious entity or entities often described as the ‘deep state’, but in different senses, from Peter Dale Scott’s version to that of Lofgren in his analysis in The Deep State. The period of the second world war and after indicates the threshold of the process of capture and control, although the course of american history from its beginning shows the process gestating from the start, with an early version of the disease in the Gilded Age.
But the period of the creation of the first atomic bomb shows the onset of the stranglehood of covert action, secrecy, national security and techno-capitalist collusion. The Manhattan project sowed the seeds of what was to come.
1.4 9/11, Covert agencies, and Drug Mafias
This period produced the first version of covert action, which soon was transformed into the CIA, and a host of other intelligence agencies. The rogue character of the CIA has been documented from the start with such egregious actions as the destruction of Iranian democracy and the many coups and interventions globally by an out of control agency whose legal foundations were botched from the start.
The later stages of the disease are grotesque. The evidence of a 9/11 conspiracy, shockingly missed by the general left, the history of the CIA and the ‘national security state’ and an almost inconceivable corruption of government in the connection with the drug mafias. It is a significant indictment of the system as is that we cannot properly diagnose let alone deal with the corruption of the american government by the war on drugs taken as a cover for its actual pursuit by government agents.
1.5 The coming of Postcapitalism
Almost from the start of the industrial revolution in the eigtheenth century when the era of capitalism in its current sense began the destructive and exploitative character of its action was seen as a prediction of its eventual end. The early movements of the socialists and communists produced the first abortive challenge, one that was almost terminated by the distraction of the bolshevik fiasco. The failure of that movement was a tragic delay in the formation of a genuine movement able to become the successor to the original process.
The question was never resolved by the russian era of revolution and has resurfaced as the question of the future of a planet.
The coming of postcapitalism is ironically prefigured in the ‘end of history’ moment of 1989: the russian system collapsed on the way to a truer end of history! The era of postcapitalism is being rendered inexorable given the emerging catastrophe of planetary destruction…

2. History and Evolution
The issue of revolutionary communism needs a new historical framework, one that has create a superset to the classic marxist legacy which can remain as a resource…
We can suggest a new lightweight version of the ‘eonic model’ which can be a useful guide to historical and evolutionary thinking…
2.1 the politics of evolution, the falsification of darwinism
The question of evolution has been controversial from the start, but became institutionalized around standard darwinism, to the dissent of many. The critique has been expropriated by the right which has expanded the challenge to darwinism with a version of the classic design argument.

2.2 a new model of history
How do we resolve the confusion over evolution. Biology is slowing undergoing a transformation of its internal theory but there is another way to get a rough glimpse of dynamics of evolution by looking at history…
This new model of history is based on the evidence of world history and its dramatic non-random aspects, which can be roughly systematized in a version of historical directionality…
This approach suggests the efficacy of a plan vanilla ‘discrete/continuous’ systems analysis which can show the teleological character behind historical chaos and in the process force us to take seriously ideas of the ‘evolution of freedom’, a useful end run around the usual ‘end of history’ propaganda…
2.3 epochs in transition, modernity, divides
Our model can be reduced to the simplicity of a rough outline of world epochs with the transition to modernity in the most recent transformation of civilization…This analysis distinguishes the early modern, as a transition, and the new era itself which begins in the early nineteenth century in the wake of the immense transformation from the sixteenth century onward. This model considers then the ‘divide’ point at the end of the transitional period: it leaves a question, why was the period just before and after 1800 so massively gifted with innovations? Our model suggests an answer. And it suggests the tandem emergence of a capitalist and a challenger, the socialist/communist movements whose prophetic action constitutes a chase plane action in the chaotic phases of free markets and their ideology…
2.4 secularism and religion in world history
Our model gives us a clear rendition of the issues of religion, the Axial Age, reformations and the emergence of the secular framework. The left is the inheritor of the void left by the waning of Axial Age religion but its early Feuerbachian versions suggest the need for a larger framework. These issues were actually well analyzed by such as Kant, Schopenhauer and Hegel who brought the reformation to a close and set the religious legacies into a new evolutionary phasing still underway in our present…
2.4 end of history, evolution of freedom, free agents
Our model gives us another version of an ‘end of history’ argument in its examination of the rising effects of free agency in a system of macro action. The association of democracy and capitalism is seen to be arbitrary and the domination of free markets and its ideology, exposed as a planetary threat, falsifies the simple equation. From the beginning of the socialist movements the obvious counterargument has suggested a socialist foundation for real democracy…

3. Out of revolution
Our model gives us a better insight into revolution in the association of revolutionary action with the early modern period…
3.1 1848
The symbolic year 1848 shows the spooky timing of the emergence of communism in the ambiguous revolutions of 1848, just after the ‘divide’ period of our transition. This is hardly coincidence and shows the reification of a prophetic action in pursuit of the runaway capitalist frenzy…
3.2 TNCM
The year 1848 issued the classic manifesto of Marx and Engels. We can both echo and update/virtualize a new manifesto that attempts to realize a set of ‘hyparchic futures’, a term to be explored in another text…
3.3 econo theory, market socialisms
We need to upgrade classic marxist legacies with a close analysis of the neo-classical economic farce and its ‘theories’ as ideologies. We can also profit from study of the critics and proponents of market socialism and its brouhaha over the so-called calculation debate. This debate was won then lost by the left but was then won again in various considerations of computational economics…A clear and effective strategy as to ‘market calculation’ is needed on the left. In the age of computers, AI, and increasing insight into economic action the solution is at hand in various experimental post-Keynesian/socialist strategies…Since the capitalists have no serious theory of economic systems we are under no obligation to submit to critiques of socialism based on the sophistries of the calculation debate.

3.4 DMNC
We begin to consider a practical version of a system that can mediate capitalism and communism, taken as ‘democratic market neo-communism’, a transitional system that can provide a resolution of the crisis point…We have a system that can mediate both markets and planned economies, next to a third autonomous sector with a degree of anarchist free for all. The combination of strong regulation, strong communist authority and a reflected set of opposites in balance, with an especial focus on the creation of a Commons of shared resources beyond capital as private property and an ecological legal system that can assist the passage beyond the crisis of climate…
3.5 Last and First Men
Man is proceeding as a species in transformation with the emergence of civilization seen as a new phase of human evolution. The almost inconceivable complexity of human evolution presents a challenge for a new civilization in the era of postcapitalism. Our challenge to darwinism was at least appropriate to the task of evading oversimplifications. Man is emerging from an embryonic phase of so-called civilization to a new form of society that can resolve both economy and democracy in social commune vested in the Commons…

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