marxism/leninism is almost a bigger obstacle than capitalism…//Should leftists disown the Bolshevik lagacy? 

We have been consistently critical of marxism here, even as we transmit the core of its legacy, but in the form of an independent ‘neo-communist’ perspective that doesn’t have to answer to the whole range of Marx dogmas. Marxists often don’t get it: in ’emperor with no clothes’ fashion they fail to realize what the general public knows: bolshevism was a total failure and the fault probably lies with marxism itself.
We have pointed to the flaws in Marx’s theories: why inflict historical materialism on the public, especially given the lead boot effect of its misperception of world history as a series of economic epochs. The transition from feudalism to capitalism to communism doesn’t work because the scheme of historical epochs is fallacious. Feudalism is a phantom of medieval decline and the realm of antiquity was in many way more advanced, while the history of capitalism shows its gestation before feudalism. Capitalism is confused by Marx with modernity itself, and that doesn’t work.
You can’t promote a mistaken schematic on the public at this point, they just stay away in droves.
The left needs a new upgraded and streamlined interpretation of capitalism and a very specific definition of a neo-communist system that is not the dysfunctional muddle that took over bolshevism…
In many ways it is marxists themselves who are an obstacle in the way to socialism…

We have often cited, and critiqued, this site, because its cultic adherence to the confusions of marxism render its advocacy problematical.

Source: Should leftists disown the Bolshevik lagacy? – Darwiniana

4 thoughts on “marxism/leninism is almost a bigger obstacle than capitalism…//Should leftists disown the Bolshevik lagacy? 

  1. Maybe too fast to attack. Bolshevism disposed a tyrant fool who sent millions to fight in a war in Europe on the premise that loot can be found amongst the warring nations. The bolshevik movement was anti-war and effectively curtailed government and swayed the public to question the Romanov rule.

    Collectivism was the largest mistake. There were better ways to handle the kulaks than the early and Stalin era purges. Of course, try telling that to the League of Nations, which was still a hub full of pro-monarchy aristocrats.

    Bolshevism was many things. A total failure is too brutal. If left to Kropotkin’s types or Luxembourg, many would’ve met the same fate as Rosa’s party in Germany in the early 20th.

    Reforms arent going to work and to a reactionary right, warfare is something that is permitted. Bolshevism was, at its core, a declaration of war against oppression.

    A militant society, at the least, has unity. In many ways, the utopian notions of freedom held by the left are held by the right, too. Each just has varied opinions how to get there.

    Capitalism itself, as Marx wrote, is not even an obstacle. He praised it frequently in Kapital. The bourgeoisie have created wonders beyond commonfolk imagination. Capitalism is not in itself even too inefficient, it just suffers from a fatal flaw that Dharmic Faiths and utopian idealists fail to understand: humans have a good and bad nature.

    In this, ML is an obstacle only because its legacy is corrupted and because Marx was misinterpreted frequently. Capitalism is corrupt because it will naturally create unequal societies.

    I say no. We shouldn’t disown. We should reevaluate.

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    1. Good comment which we reproduce. Perhaps it is unclear that I am critiquing bolshevism from the left. And because we need to disentangle ourselves from previous thinking which is often too ridden with controversy to be usable.
      We need a fresh definition of socialism/communism with its own strategy, something new that is faithful to a legacy tradition yet freed from historical liabilities…

      We turned your comment into a post

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  2. Aye. Seems. It is true, though. I don’t deny that Bolshevism is not relevant in the information age. Marxists today have a means to truly open a new dialogue on people’s science but are not seeing that a polarization of liberal openness and conservative hypocrisy is creating the conditions for that dogmatic alignment. Difference is that bolsheviks still maintained logic in their dealings. The new reds seem to be obsessed with the fruits of neoliberalism and the social degradation that comes, such as identity politics. In a lot of ways, we need to look forward but the matter is…

    Our ideas are mostly dead. China, Nam and Laos have all been admirable on the upholding of their principles (social existence is not one where only few determine structure) of economic justice. China may be lagging behind in that regard due to logistical issues, but one cant deny China is closing a gap quickly.

    Regardless…abandoning them in itself might be a good idea, but it assumes cooperation between individuals is not only plausible but assured.

    Vanguardism should stay for a time. Though I am divided. I don’t think militant atheism is a good thing. I also think this late in the game, economic withdrawal would put too much pressure on countries seeking to break from the globe.

    I will read more into it. I have been at a point lately where my religious sentiments and my beliefs that Yeshua sought economic justice in his time. Marx denounced religion. Engels and Lenin sympathized with it.

    Have you read the Peasants War of 1525?

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    1. Interesting post. My critique of bolshevism is not that it was ‘communist’ but that it wasn’t really communism at all. I have many discussion of that here in terms of what I call democratic market neo-communism. The issue is not so many to criticize bolshevism as such as to ask why it failed in practice and how it might be possible to do the job right.
      The world of Munzer is very much a part of the discussion here…

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