(early modern) Revolutions as ‘eonic effects’…//What is the Meaning of Revolution Today? – Spectre Journal

The left is fixated on revolutionary futurism, as well it might be. But the record of success is poor. It is worth studying the eonic effect, its model, the modern transition (i.e. the early modern), the concept of divide and the model’s distinction of ‘system action’ and free agency.
Revolutions produced the modern world, but it doesn’t follow that we can produce revolutions at will.
The left must get it right and be ready for their chance. Unfortunately, they are stuck in dubious Marxist theories of history. Marx was brilliant in many ways, but his theories of history are very poor, and mislead leftists.
The left needs a new framework, but they are stuck in the old format and the example of Bolshevism constantly misleads.
It might help to abandon theories of history as science. Not a single one has ever succeeded, ever. And all for one good reason: history is a blend of dynamics and free agency. No law of history can work for that reason. it might help instead to forget theories and focus on period outlines.

Marx is attractive because his theory is really ideology and offers a strange prediction of communism. He could be proved right, but the left must give up such theories and focus on the action of free agents who create revolutions in their own terms.

Marxists expect the working class to resolve the social question of revolution. But it is unlikely. The era of proletarian revolution has passed in advanced economies. This definition eliminates all other classes including revolutionaries like Marx.
But there is a better way here: the working class is more than factory workers: it is all wage laborers and more all those who are passive against the force of capitalism. That includes the proper inclusive set and is closer to a viable majority. Marx charges all other classes but the working class with class bias. But now the same is true of the working class.
The issue of revolution is becoming one of ecological sanity and that factor needs a central focus. One has the feeling that the era of revolution will soon return in the coming crisis. But a Marxist view here could scramble that hope with outdated thinking.
The idea of a revolutionary class doesn’t work in our time. We need an association or movement of all those committed to postcapitalist transition.

Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age.

Source: What is the Meaning of Revolution Today? – Spectre Journal

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