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R48G: the old guard…the revolutionary option?

December 13th, 2017 · No Comments

We have frequently discussed the revolutionary option here, in and of itself, and also in relation to the idea of ‘virtual revolution’, which is actually a way to address what this article points to: the lack of any revolutionary idea in most of the activist left. We have created twin evolutionary/revolutionary potentials.
Of crucial importance however is the need to reexamine the leftist platform in relation to marxism and the history of the internationals: what is needed is not a rerun of 1917 via a leninist strain but a complete rethink of the idea of communism, with a viable economic platform and a better integration of socialist and democratic thinking.
Two Manifestos
The question remains: is a revolutionary action realistic?
https://www.marxist.com/let-s-leave-depression-to-the-old-guard-and-make-our-own-revolution.htm

Left-wing let-down

This experience of not belonging politically is something we have the left-wing establishment to thank for. Pessimism is a quintessential feature of the left-wing establishment. It has abandoned all hope of change.

The vision of a socialist revolution has been replaced by a pious wish for a return to the good ol’ days, when the Social Democrats were ‘real’ social democrats and reform was something that improved our welfare: not Orwellian newspeak for austerity measures.

As they gradually give up on the idea of a socialist revolution, they try to fit into the system and adapt to public opinion. Anything hinting at a revolution is immediately shut down.

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