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 an exercise in dialectical ‘heresy’: reaching communism: working class or universal class…?

September 8th, 2017 · No Comments

We will comment one more time on this stupid remark by Cockburn. It is completely wrong to pit the conspiracy theory meme against the core marxist meme of the working class as some kind of historical dynamic…

Let us note in passing a dialectical challenge to marxist theory here: strictly speaking the issue of class struggle and the working class are misanalyzed by marxists. The question of the working class and class struggle in history are dubious theory. As strategy, it is another matter, and Marx’s analysis of working class revolution was brilliant strategy for its time. But now the issue has shifted (at least in the US and advanced capitalism) because the working class is really case of the middle class. The point is that class struggle isn’t really driving history in the sense of historical materialism.

In any case the case of the covert agencies in the US is a danger gone critical and it is absolutely absurd to try and leave this out of the analyis.

Note the point: the left could just as well promote communism in the name of the ‘universal class’ (or move to create one as it goes along) and it might actually help to deal with the disappointment over the failure of the working class to be revolutionary….

On November 28, 2006 Alexander Cockburn wrote an article titled “The 9/11 Conspiracists and the Decline of the American Left” that interpreted the rise of conspiracism as the result of a dwindling number of leftists learning “their political economy from Marx via the small, mostly Trotskyist groupuscules.” This created a theoretical and strategic void that was filled with “a diffuse, peripatetic conspiracist view of the world” that understood historical change as driven by CIA skullduggery rather than the class struggle or inter-imperialist rivalry.

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