This milieu would apparently allow no dissent or critique of Marxism as far as I can see (certainly, marxmail unsubs critics of Marxism at once, and it basically allow no criticism). The atmosphere of Shanghai doesn’t suggest any serious discussion. A critic of Marx on home terrain would be liquidated, no doubt.
Why on earth hold a conference in Shanghai. China is a disgusting fake socialism based on gulags and mass murder. This conference is for dupes of the Chinese system, no doubt.
I will send a copy of my The Last Revolution plus links, but it will be a waste of time. I have no academic credentials (I have a degree in classics from Columbia College) and an MA in mathematics from TC/Columbia. An MA from a teacher’s college is a fatal liability as I later discovered but I took a year to teach myself a lot of mathematics in order to get into the Peace Corps. I was later unable to find any position as a math teacher in the US. I can handle all the math up to quantum mechanics as a self-taught student I taught myself General Relativity on my own, more or less, not a simple subject for independent study), which is a total non-starter in the credentials field. A PHD in classics was such a terrible idea that I didn’t consider it, I would never had gotten a job in a field currently under collapse. So much for a CV. I have been a kind of hobo in the American West, riding around on freight trains with working-class blokes, and have seen dozens squared plus of working-class work spaces, from apple picking in Washington to short handle hoe ag in Arizona.
It is a waste of time to even approach Marx cadres which are collectives of narrow thinking. It would be nice to be able to discuss The Last Revolution and ‘democratic market neo-communism’ at Marxmail, but that is impossible. Any criticism of historical materialism and Marx is verboten, and I was unsubbed almost at once. This nonsense has gone on since the early Proyect years in 2000. The idea that Marxists have a connection to the working class is almost complete bullshit.
Marx jargon is easy to manipulate and the basic issue of historical materialism is like religious doctrine. It is an almost amateurish mess of thought, no doubt dealing with Hegel didn’t help.
Socialism can never be achieved under these conditions I would have to assume. So why not start over? Time is running out.
This global community looks impressive on the surface but it is so stuck in jargon that it can’t really deal with practical issues, or generate a serious movement.
In twenty years of Marx blah blah there is no evidence I can see that the global Marxist community can contribute any advice or guidance in the construction of a viable socialism in Venezuela.
Armed with the DMNC model the creation of a viable socialism as ‘democratic market neo-communism’ could be constructed almost on the spot, with a lot of details needed, to be sure. But the basic point is that Marxists are so confused by their own assumptions that they can’t really handle practical situations. The core issues are the fallacies of stages of production theory, the model of state capitalism crippling the economy, the absence of any idea of socialist markets, the confusion over planned economies, etc, etc…
The model is, to be sure, lacking in the legal research needed to construct a Commons, a new kind of democratic constitution, the socialist market next to the new computerized technologies of planning. But ‘socialist markets’ can be real markets.
Hugo Chavez, to be sure, had an idiosyncratic view inherited by Maduro. But that is because such people soon realize that their Marxism can’t deal with the simple opportunity given to them. Update: the marxmail archive shows a makrxist M. Leibowitz as a Chavez adviser. Apparently didn’t amount to much.
The case of Venezuela is telling: it shows that Marxists have essentially no successes anywhere and cannot suggest the basic steps to do anything. The public has simply drifted away from a zombie subject. Searching marxmail archives for Venezuela