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Blah blah blah, workers’ coops, etc…slow/fast evolution/revolution…

June 11th, 2017 · No Comments

We linked to this already and it is not without interest or cogency. (often get the feeling people have read this blog and turn around to try and produce a new hodgepodge of Marx). I doubt if it is possible to fine tune marxism. The rigidity of the cadre of diehard marxists will prevent that from happening and here the attempt to critique a passage from Critique of Political Economy seems to perpetuate the muddle. The whole issue of relations of production is mostly unclear and a sign of Marx’s developing obsession over theory, a theory he never completed…It is imnpossible to clarity the marxist theory in the form that has come down to us.

As to the issue of slow evolution/revolution, we have discussed that here at length and I would offer the caution that Marx/Engels were revolutionaries through 1848 and then turned to the opposite, maybe (Marx on the Commune sounds like a relapse). Whatever the case, the issue of slowly evolving to a new social system is an illusion. We can see that it isn’t happening and we confront a terrible crisis in our inability or cowardice to act in a revolutionary manner. We are not evolving to a new socialism. Its stages must be attempted with decisive action in our present. Once we bring the revolutionary element to bear we can then turn around a see that revolutions can themselves generate the very ‘slow evolution’ that produces the result. It is worth studying the revolutions of the early modern. They often failed but their impetus produced the result in the end, a clear case of hybrid revolution/evolution. But by that token we should not be naive about our current situation. The bourgeoise is not going to sit back and watch a bunch of socialists create workers’ cooperatives. The critique of the essay at the link could have a point, but the reality is that if democracy was jumpstarted by revolution the same will be true of socialism: the two are variants. Once we face the reality of revolution we might find the simple challenge of revolution enough.
In any case we should consider the early modern: look at the birth of democracy in the English civil War (with a lot of proto-communism coming down the pike), followed by its cooptation in the Restoration. It does not inspire confidence in slow evolution. Or in revolution, which was so soon reduced to a new domination by the bourgeoisie. We live now in an analogous situation where the bourgeoisie has regained control after a period of revolutionary ‘something’. We have no choice but to fight back. The powers that be have with a gleeful glance at postmodernists doing their work for them are hoping to undo modernity (but not technology/capitalism) and via fascist reaction restore a system of caste. Here we must be ready to fight, and here the reality of the English Civil war, or better, the American Civil War, should remind us of the inevitability of that fight. But at this point the resolve to revolution just might produce the equivalent result in another fashion. We must learn from the reality of our situation without the fantasies of slow/fast fallacies…

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