Free agents and postcapitalist transition

Free agents and postcapitalist transition
February 24th, 2018

We are caught in the downspiral of what constitutes the ‘endgame of capitalism’.
But for some reason the left, under the influence of marxism, seems unready for the challenge. Part of the reason is the simple inability to attract an audience at this point. In the period of the early internationals the canon of Marx/Engels rapidly spread and created a global audience. Now it appears unable to do so, for reasons that are in a way obvious: the factor of bolshevism is a fatal blight on the legacy. These points are actually obvious, almost cliches, but the solution seems to elude the left, which is mostly a remnant as the majority has moved on. But unfortunately activist groups end up floundering in eclecticism without an organizing framework. And the canon is itself flawed and needs to be recast, a very difficult task that is more likely to produce a confused rendering. We have suggested a new approach: move beyond historical materialism to broader view of history, eject from ‘stages of production’ theory to a view of capitalism that is ad hoc, not systematic. There is no stage of history that is capitalist and capitalism was not the prime destroyer of feudalism. Capitalism was simply a striking amplification of the capitalism that had existed since the Neolithic in primitive stages. The point was/is to create a social system that can buffer the new economic processes in an intelligent way. In many ways it is a question creating a real democracy, a system of equality in the context of market economies moving beyond that to a higher synthesis.
A new formulation is needed that doesn’t require the constant dogmatic reiteration of blanket marxism, which doesn’t mean that legacy can’t be cited. But the left is saddled with endless futile attempts to defend their mistakes. In a way the obsessive celebration of the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution is a distraction. We need to act as if socialism/communism were being considered for the first time, and to be able to simply shrug when critics point to mistakes/flaws/failures of the older left: the stance should be, not of our doing, and our principles won’t lead to a repetition there because our formulation is a new one.
Our formulation here is based on the idea that free agency is a key factor in historical realization. That economic systems don’t determine history as such, despite their huge momentum, and that instead of waiting on the ‘next epoch’ of communism men have to act as free agents to conceive and realize a system that is not letting capitalism to run amok. Calling capitalism a stage of history was a monumental blunder from the start. Rather we should consider that a communist foundation is needed to create democratic equality. We must as free agents design a system that can match those axioms.
It is a fallacy to think the system of capitalism is evolving to communism: we must instead assume we are free agents an act to create a sane future.

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