Red Forty-eight Group: the question of revolution…that would mean ‘now’
May 24th, 2016 •
As our discussion today makes clear Marxism is stuck in another century. The gist of our manifesto is to take the core paragraph of the original: the expropriation of the bourgeoisie, and set the rest to one side. We don’t need a theory of historical materialism, dialectical materialism, such a strong prejudice against idealism. We need simple praxis not trying to convert everyone to a new philosophy.
We need a core movement that has some Marxist dna, but which operates with its own version of communism, able to decipher the neo-classical economic illusion, ready to fight for control of the industrial apparatus in motion, and ready to create a market communism, possibly on its way to full communism. A market communism with a Commons, as opposed to state control by a one party bourgeoisie calling itself radical, with a cut off point below which some forms of commerce, industry, and agriculture operate independently would be nice. Issues of constitutional balance of powers, core rights (without liberal economic rights of capital), newly defined democracy, national/transnational action to create a global federation….
This movement needs to be fair, republican to carry a future partial democracy, ruthless, non-violent or violent as needed, and with a strategy to limit its own one-party state malfunction. We know such a revolution is possible because all of our modern states began with revolutions, and the core issue of Marxism was to create a form of communism in order to save the bourgeois revolution for ‘real democracy’.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/reform_or_revolution_20160522: Hedges has some good ideas, but we don’t have the luxury of Lenin versus Luxembourg. We need a revolutionary movement that can bring the US dot.gov to its knees. The result will be (market) neo-communism on its way to a new form of society, postliberal democracy, and an economy that can support a large population without growth.
This requires a criminal indictment of the gangster government that wrought 9/11
a position on nuclear questions (disarmament)
a willingness to try and control population
a no growth economy that is able to provide a basic income
an indifference level below which people can live in a hybrid non-totalitarian mode with respect to the state