What is the Red Forty-eight Group?
It is a hypothetical radical left movement echoing the whole set of legacies since 1848: revolutionary action is more than socialism, it is socialism as social reconstruction of modernity itself. The core theme of modernity in terms of politics was democracy and the attempts to replace that have always failed because they need to transform it. There the bolshviks were perhaps the right group in the wrong place, and time. The only chance for a socialist revolution is the transformation of democracy. The point was obvious to the early socialists but the bolshevik struggle with Tsarism muddled the issues. Tsarist dna, starting with its secret police, flowed into the outcome. Americans must wonder at the similar corruption of their governmental dna since the onset of the intelligence agencies in the fifties. The task of social transformation becomes more difficult at the point where gangsters and psychopaths take over. And that happened in short order to the yankee republic. This gang fooled even the left with its grand finale, the 9/11 conspiracy courtesy the ‘deep state’ (haha, define your terms) in league no doubt with Mossad. In fact, the US is now a curious colony of the Israel zionist mafia and its failed rogue state. The hopeless difficulties mount up and soon the prime candidate for socialist transformation is almost more trogloditic than the Tsarist monstrosity. But in the end the liberal dna remains and if we envision, not a total transformation, but the transformation of a liberal state into a (neo-) communist state, and vice versa, we have compromise that isn’t a compromise that is basically the much ridiculed social democracy that has crossed the boundary into real socialism via the expropriation of capital.
The moral here is only that the left has one last chance and needs to be able to produce a successful new social system and economy on the basis of socialist axioms. It is not anything like the muddled state contraptions that rose in the wake of leninism. Best to just forget all that, change labels and start from scratch.
In our time the prevalence of pseudo-democracies captured by capitalism brings into range the earliest left format of the socialist spectrum, birthing in the generation up to 1848. The point is that we must reconstruct modernity itself, and we have the knowledge and means to do that save that all parties are bemused by the capitalist mesmerization that blinds all parties. It is worth recalling that at the dawn of modernity at the start of the Reformation the figure Thomas Munzer gave birth to communism. A century before liberal democracy, so beholden to the cooptation of the failed English Civil war and Restoration that produced the political hybrid we have lived in since. So communism is the first born of modern political thinking.
Now we know: capitalism is a destructive force. It should have been socialist democracy from the start. We don’t have to live to the end of some fiction of a ‘capitalist epoch’. We will be dead by then: we should act now, if it is not too late.