A liberal (neo-) communism and a communist liberalism…


One of the confusions of the left is the inertia of marxist thinking and the fallacies that tend to cripple the application of a socialist or communist project. The public is completely alienated from the idea of communism, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The russian revolution was discombobulated by the idea that a bourgeois revolution should proceed a communist one. Lenin cut through this thinking, not surprisingly but the idea had already performed its mischief here.

The solution is simple: set aside the old marxist dogma and consider that there is only one system that needs realization: we have tried to stylize this with our idea of democratic market neo-communism. This formulation is designed to be a genuine communism, but in a form that is more sensible than the rigid idiocy that cursed the bolsheviks. Instead of state capitalism we simply establish a Commons in which all parties have equal access in principle to social resources in a scheme of economic populism and economic rights. If we establish a Commons then the dilemma of planning versus markets tends to fade in the background, we need both. There is no reason why a type of market and planned economy can’t coexist under a neo-communist Commons. We need a system where communism has a liberal look, and liberalism has a communist look. In the russian case the issue of what was to be done should have been a unity of thinking from the start with the February revolution initiated a version of our platform in the context of a unified liberal/bourgeois and communist revolution simultaneously…


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