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R48G: a hybrid of bourgeois and working class revolution?

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Confusion over the ‘bourgeois revolution’ has been the undoing of democracy, as socialists pointed almost immediately in the wake of the revolutions of the early modern. It is useful to study the English Civil War as a sort of ‘Cambrian’ moment before the ‘revolution’ was coopted by the bourgeoisie.
But at this point we consider a new hybrid of working class and bourgeois revolution: in the final analysis segments of the bourgeoisie are actually not insane and can see quite clearly the coming failure of their capitalist boondoggle and just might, pace Engels, assist in the passage to postcapitalism, especially given the way a place is given in our DMNC to markets under a Commons…An intelligent cadre of the ‘bourgeoisie’ might see the way to a future beyond capitalist domination. They should ‘invest’ in the revolution.

archive: Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding Fathers

August 13th, 2017 ·

Beside books like Davidson’s tome on ‘bourgeois revolutions’ we have books such as this (I unexpectedly found a copy on my bookshelf),

a text that is breezy enough but which unwittingly exposes the contradictions at the base of modern politics: to dismiss the English Civil War as some kind of near communist aberration and to call the Glorious Revolution the first revolution requires either brazen distortion of history, or else a degree of ideological/’liberal’ mesmerization that is, well, par for the course, a frequent state of mental affairs…
We have lost the use of the terms ‘liberal’, ‘democracy’, ‘revolution’, along with ‘socialism’ and ‘communism’: the term should coexist in greater harmony and the cooptation of the English Civil War should become the basis for a rebirth of terminology that sees the reality that socialism and democracy lie in the future and must emerge together….

Source: Amazon.com: Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America’s Founding Fathers (9781400097920): Michael Barone: Books

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