marxist legacy breaking up?…//A lot of talk about nothing: “left narratives” or class struggle? 

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The Marxist left is its own worst enemy and its confusions of theory now drive leftists in desperation to try and fix the legacy, which won’t work. In fact, the Marxist left is falling apart and the confusions of populism seem to haunt now its muddle over the ‘working class’. That dissolution is a path to a new kind of left. The idea of ‘narratives’ seems to echo the postmodern ‘metanarrative’ debate and the result is incoherence as the ‘working class’ seems to vanish into the base of the alt-right viz. the so-called base of Trump, et al.
But the Leftist meme of the working class is not coherent anymore in the way it once was. Who is the working class? it is the class of all those who labor under wage labor, and/or all those who are dominated by the dynamics of capitalism. But then that includes almost everyone. Why not acknowledge the reality and create a framework of the real ‘working class’ which is the core social public. From there any number of initiatives are possible toward the older version of the ‘working class’, the industrial proletariat, which is however mostly overseas at this point. Marx’s conception of the working class works in terms of the earliest left: the context of Manchester in the early nineteenth century. It makes less sense now, in the US (but makes good sense in an international context). The original idea was miscast from the start: generations of the larger public were antagonized by the demand for class warfare and the impossible task of creating a worker’s state with everyone else not included, apparently. The Marxists turned the social majority into class enemies, but that majority is no longer an industrial class, which is a minority. Wrong way to do it, to say the least. Why would anyone in his right mind trust Marxist cadres?
And if the definition refers to the wage laborer what of the host of middle-class workers who are evidently not welcome in the worker’s state? They are all petty-bourgeois human trash with no real place in socialism. The whole Marxist format is nonsensical.
It would be better to take this enlarged definition of the working class, create a socialist framework for a universal class and a path for all classes to move toward equality in a universal class, and any number of initiatives can then be considered with respect to the ‘industrial proletariat’ as a subset of the ‘working class’ and/or the universal class, in a principle of the ‘last shall be first’. Time to face facts. Most leftists are midde-class and expect to get someone else to fight for socialism, while they compose revolutionary memoranda. Do your own revolt, please, and if the working class as industrial proletariast actually turns radical all to the good.
That said, any number of labor activist actions are rising again. A new left must think carefully and start over with a new framework and not confuse as they usually do.

Marx’s thinking makes sense in its original context where ‘working class’ proletariats in industrial capture had to work at low wages or starve. The modern context is far past that point, not that the basic issue of capitalist domination has really changed. Bolshevism left the impression that the endgame would leave them worse off, what to say of a worker’s state.

Our The Last Revolution simply ditches Marxism, creates an historical saga of the era of 1848 and Marx/Engels and then starts over with a new platform, not the socialist cliche meme that was captured long ago by the monopoly created by Marx. The domain of discourse of ‘socialism’ is far larger than the Marxist, but woe to any deviant in the Marx cult. In the era of left basket cases such as Proudhon et al that made sense perhaps as Marx wrested a unified script from chaos, but the result won’t work anymore and was as flawed as all the others. The left has never really created a real platform for itself. We have tried to redo that in The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures. This shows a path to a host of ‘lefts’ freed from any criminal complicity in the Bolshevik fiasco which has come close to destroying future hopes, even as it certainly wrecked the Marxist format.
Time to start over. And The Last Revolution produces a new start in just over a hundred pages, ready to go. Time is short as the left wrings its hands waiting for the coming of the worker’s revolution. Do it yourself. You are the working class.

“The left needs a new narrative.” Such is the idea that has gripped the minds of many on the left around the world today, as attempts are made to build alternatives to the dominant, bourgeois parties. What is the substance behind this idea?

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