R48G: from ‘critical (post-)marxism to a new kind of (r)evolutionary left  

We have been critical of Marxism and there is a danger there in feeding opposition to the left, such as it is. In reality, the older Marxism doesn’t need much opposition from the bourgeoisie: it is its own worst enemy. The cadre of Marx true believers at this point could never mount a revolution against capitalism, while the reformist wing is almost impotent in its efforts.
I admire Marx and Engels but their legacy was very flawed and in any case is almost an antique at this point. But much of the core challenge to class society remains cogent. In the wake of the French Revolution which ended up empowering the haute bourgeoisie a challenge of the socialists and finally Marx was and remains a permanent challenge to the ‘pseudo-democracy plus capitalism’ that has remained in place. The Bolshevik revolution was apparently about something else and never really challenged that outcome of the modern revolutions. We have critiqued Marx’s attempt at a science but his class observations are very cogent. Marx swept the field where others from Proudhon to Lasalle were somehow forgotten. But Marxism itself is so flawed that a wider field of thought might have done better. We have critiqued Marx’s historical theory as junk science and unless the left can get past it they won’t have any second chances. The Marx cult is entrenched but almost defunct.
I am a socialist/communist at heart and don’t want to be cheated out of sane future by the ‘walking dead’ of Marxist religious zombies.
Marx’s theory suggests that the end of capitalism is predestined by laws of history and that just isn’t so. His theory may be wrong but it still stands as a hunch about history. Committed leftists with a better view of history have to construct socialism by their own efforts. The task is daunting and made more difficult by the inoperative ideologies of the left, what to say of the monumental propaganda and mind control of the capitalist order. But this is not ‘compromise’ thinking trying to negate the revolutionary option: the basis of a future socialism almost certainly requires the expropriation factor, revolutionary or reformist. But the Bolshevik fiasco shows how that component was botched as ‘state capitalilsm’. Something that really works is needed. We have our DMNC model: democratic market neo-communism, which points to the need to do what Marx so strangely always rejected: a model or blueprint of the intended system. Marx’s rejection of this as ‘Utopian’ compared to his ‘Scientific’ approach is just about the dumbest mistake a theorist can make. To be sure ‘utopian’ thinking plays on its own semantics and can lead to unusable abstractions, but we don’t need the term or play that game: A model is not utopian anymore than an economic model is utopian (hopefully). The question is one of social and economic function. We can’t use theory to construct socialism, we need recipes that can show feedback with the facts arising during realization. Our DMNC is very practical and passes a test: if a liberal system is said and seen to work in a functional sense, then our DMNC models will also work, with one caveat. It is not a utopian issue.
This approach therefore can result in a model that can put into action almost at once. There isn’t any morass of Marxist theory or new interpretations of Capital.
The American example, even, as is, mired in slavery, shows that ordinary men can found a new system and the first great modern democracy without ponderous theory. In many ways, Marx’s work critiqued that moment and the critique of a bourgeois revolution is his real contribution. But the correction process was hopelessly confused and fell into the hands of those who ended up destroying democracy in the name of socialism, a fatal and tragic outcome.

Source: A new/old definition of ‘working class’…Napoleon Between War and Revolution  – 1848+: The End(s) of History

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