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R48G: overcoming the fragmentation of platforms…

August 15th, 2017 · No Comments

The american system confronts an historical crisis at its foundation even as the potential of social evolutionary/revolutionary change seems to fade before the rise of an immense system of power. In a way the idea of ‘revolution’ belongs to the early modern: an aspect of the eonic transition that generated modernity, leaving the question, can we replicate that and more generally can we find the path to real social change or are we condemned to a system that is degenerating before our eyes and in which we are trapped. The issue is not funny: as we see from history, once a system becomes corrupt and yet nearly all-powerful there is little recourse. Consider the case of the roman republic… We should not give up: we still have time and opportunity…

We nee in any case a new spectrum of movements that are comprehensive, and protest with or without the expectation of foundational change. In fact, the system in place is very vulnerable because it proclaims what it isn’t, democracy…Before we blame the external system we should blame ourselves as an inadequate left: a clearly formulated platform will resonate with context in which it is embedded and sooner or later precipitate real change. We have tried in our two manifestos top think holistically in a way that can communicate with the current left but in the process invoke a new way of thinking. We have suggested a series of proposals:

moving from socialism(but only because the term has become ambiguous) to a real democracy that is a form of communism. the left like a dog chasing its tail invokes democracy against a system that already proclaims itself as democratic. We must define ‘democracy’ as if the term were a neologism. One suggestion is that unless their is an equality at the level of property in the creation of a Commons the terms of ‘democracy’ will undergo their libertarian capture where freedom is really that of capital…Democracy must therefore presuppose a form of (neo-) communism, being clear that we must treat that term as another neologism.

enlarging the focal point of class struggle beyond the ‘working class’ to a larger ‘universal class’. We can easily redefine ‘class struggle’ in that context and in the process do better service to the working class by not turning it into a fetish proletariat that no longer really exists. We can certainly, however, use both concepts: the ‘working class’ along with a host of other social sets all belong to the larger superset of the working class. The whole concept of the working class no longer makes sense in its classic form and an immense ‘proletariat of another kind’ is neglected in the classic formulation. Those who invoke the working class end up in fruitless handwringing because of the assumption that the working class is revolutionary and should be the exclusive focus of all activism. It won’t work. consider the issue of climate change: it requires a larger communication to all classes and an initiative that is not necessarily going to plead for a growth economy, etc…

we need a simultaneous fix on both a national and an international aspect…the older left has outstanding understandings in this direction…

since we are talking about the US we confront the additional burdens of the US covert agencies and their gross corruption, the military-industrial complex that is a violent faction connected with wall street as the de facto hidden government. To this we must add the hidden control of american politics by the israeli fascist rogue state that has used the american system to fight its wars in the middle east…

we need to break the israeli lock on, dismantle and rebuild the covert agencies, create a government free of big money, …

in a neo-communist system we will of course expropriate capital, to begin, on a national level and reconstruct economy around a new kind of production system, but one that can cleverly recycle much of what went before, e.g. markets, but now in the context of the Commons, etc…

The current left has lost its bearings, but a radical break with the old left and a new conceptual framework can jumpstart a new cycle on the left…We should consider that a truly comprehensive platform will reinvigorate the currently feckless left.

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