The Left in Purgatory

Socialists in the United States are stuck. How do we become masters of our own fate?

Source: The Left in Purgatory

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This lament resonates with our take here on neo-communism, but the overall stance of this ‘sort of’ a left might benefit from our discussions of the Last Revolution. There is no mystery to the socialists in the US being stuck (and they may be stuck almost everywhere, in fact): the core of the ‘ancient left’ from the nineteenth century had a Marxist driver that is now dysfunctional and too dated, plus, that foundation remains to hold back new thinking. Groups who consider themselves reformists have shown far more creative activism than the moribund zombies of Marxism. But they don’t have the horsepower to really be activists for change, unable to examine their own choice to be impotent. Let’s look at the reality: a capitalist system that is a de facto totalitarian economics won’t yield to reformist efforts, period.

Now by some odd chance events might prove that wrong, in the coming chaos, but the left has always had a revolutionary angle, whatever the nature of labor activism and its successes. That driver stood behind the whole and clearly triggered the New Deal for exampple, as the powers that be made temporary concessions. It was a non-nonviolent, revolutionary movement aiming to plot against the government and replace it with socialism, a real socialism. Yet that real socialism turned out to be a bust and the sense of paralysis spread from that. In a way, because of Marxism’s flaws, its success was not in the cards.
It is time to reform Marxism, or drop it and start over and create a new revolutionary driver for the left. Revolution created democracy, it can create (democratic) socialism.
We have been doing that here for some time and now explicitly in the work in progress: The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures. It will soon be a book, Kindle text, and always a free PDF at this blogk. Its aim to scrap Marxism, save for the ‘core heroic saga of the early socialists’ and to create a new model for democracy, economy, socialism as neo-communism, and a Commons. The Marxist legacy was crippled invisibly by Marx’s penchant for theories of history as historical materialism and/or dialectical materialism and proposed to the world a framework that was a duck hunt for the opponents of socialism. It also got confused by the classic calculation debate even as Bolshevik bureaucracy proved the charge correct that socialism was inefficient economics. That there is a resolution of this lost battle and basic propaganda expose remains barely known as visions of socialism steeped in nineteenth-century confusions which the Marx cult cannot overcome.
As the clock runs out and capitalism is seen to be the tragic hero with his tragic flaw the question of socialism done right as a revolutionary framework resurfaces like Nemo’s Nautilus. We can and should create a platform both reformist and revolutionary, but consider that however imaginary against the American juggernaut the reality is that we have let a whole generation slip by to the tune of weak activist platitudes to the point that it is close to ‘too late’. As this tragedy unfolds the future will wonder at the ineptitude of the current left and its addiction to Gandhian non-violence, electoral fantasies, and Democratic Party infiltration.
Time to table a motion that the whole crowd of leftist riffraff connected to the Jacobin milieu be press-ganged into the Red Forty-eight Group, there to resume plots against the And throw in all the other Marxists, at MarkMail, and the littered terrain of socialist splinter groups Marxist cult groupies and faithful.
Time is short. Some say it is already too late as theorists dust off neo-feudal models. That’s nonsense. But one thing is clear: the current left is not going to really challenge capitalism.

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