A generation after 1989 the left is starting to pick up again but whole effort requires disavowing the older legacies even as their core ideas are carried over in a new format. Too many marxists even as this late date have failed to realize that simple references to leninism/bolshevism alienate those who might well (as the second international era shows) be enthusiastic on the spot for socialism as a real futurism.
One result is the relative strength of piecemeal reformist activism as the feckless marxism-dominated ‘real radicals’ go nowhere.
We have suggested a complete transformation of the whole legacy of socialism based on our present using the history as reference/footnotes.
Marxists need to molt and one can only recommend self-retransmogrification into the Red Forty-eight Group…
The failure of capitalism and the return of socialist failsafes
January 23rd, 2016 ·
Much of the debate over socialism/communism was on the defensive after the fall of bolshevism, but the debate has changed once again. It is no longer credible to say that socialism has failed and there is no alternative to capitalism. Capitalism has itself failed, and more disastrously than socialism, and in a way, that is even more disastrous in its totalitarian grip on global society, one that
makes its ‘runaway freight train’ effect very difficult to stop. We see now that we should always have
had a growing parallel movement of socialist/communist action as a reserve social construct.
The list of failures is long…here are a few points:
Socialism was said to fail over planning. But capitalism both plans its own profit expansions at the expense of the whole and yet fails to plan its relationship to society, and throws society out of balance
Capitalism has produced extensive development, but has failed to really develop huge sectors of global civilization
And it is beginning to de-develop that which it developed, e.g. the American middle class capitalism cannot produce full employment and leaves millions as derelicts in a mode of the
Capitalism has perverted governments and destroyed their ability to function
Capitalism has perverted biology, coopted its development of evolutionary theory for social darwinist legitimation of the exclusion of the artificially created ‘losers’
Capitalism has therefore corrupted science and created an ideological exploitation out of its method
Capitalism has created pseudo-sciences of economics using a mythology of calculus, in the process creating an implicit worldview of economic determinism
this method has produced pernicious mystifications that has confused its smartest students who cannot debrief it
…there’s more…the classic issues of class, etc…
Capitalism has promoted the corruption of society ended by calling this success, the way things
Capitalism is very dangerous and is probably fatal…