In many ways the left’s perspective should be about more than just capitalism: the real issue is ‘modernity’ itself and here the so-called ‘eonic model’ can be useful by showing how the division into epochs, turned into a confusing analysis by marxist theory, can be set aside, or better yet made into something very obvious and intuitive. The rise of the modern is almost mysterious and it is wrong entirely to equate that with capitalism.
In many ways capitalism has smothered modernity and turned it into something contracted into economic domination and obsession. Liberating the deeper potential of the modern transition requires a changed focus from the hypnosis of market mechanics toward the larger balance of social categories: consider the explosion of fine arts in the rise of the modern, compared to the commercialization of the whole field in a striking decadence, and early death…
R48G: modernity, revolution and postcapitalism… March 13th, 2017 · https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?preview=The+Crisis+of+Modernity_ver6.pdf https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?preview=Two+Manifestos+version+2.pdf
Our discussions today reinvoke our discussions of modernity and revolution with a focus on the
possibility of postcapitalism.
There is nothing simple about this and we have suggested a hybrid in our manifestos that evades the ‘utopian’ fallacy with a combination of democratic/republican politics, blended market and planned economic organization and a ‘dialectical’ balance counterpoint in an autonomous low threshold semi-anarchist sector. A ‘revolution’/transition to such a system would correct the flaws of the misconstrued Russian/Bolshevik revolution. Such a transition might be chaotic but the framework would contain that chaos as the system stabilized around a set of ‘communist’ axioms in the idea of the Commons: this system doesn’t pit capitalists against communists so much as create a constitutional version of basic communism that can balance markets and socialism with an experimental transition to postcapitalism…The charge of ‘utopia’ won’t work here because we have carefully remorphed
something that we know has worked (in quotation marks): the American republican experiment which morphed into democracy of a kind with a capitalist hybridization never taken into account by the constitutional foundation.