The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures
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A lot of new notes and a projected new chapter or appendix on ecosocialism: how design a democratic ecosocialism that can create an open economy but one on favorable terms with the environment. A note on the text: Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, E.G. Vallianatos, Google Books
Ecology in America barely exists. Business as usual capitalism is so entrenched, it acts like a religion. It has its hierarchies of billionaires, and armies of economists and political (and other social) “scientists” preaching its dogmas. The countless faithful are willing to transfer even more of the national wealth to the billionaires, lest they, too, become servants of the elect. Their church is about monopolies and national and global control.
On the Emergence of an Ecological Class: A Memo, B. Latour et al.
Capitalism, Consciousness and Meditation
If we examine world history we observe the macroevolution of meditation induction and in the so-called Axial Age this reaches a new level in the Buddhist and other movements: world history generates religions and their techniques, although these may go into rapid decline. The latecomer to modernity the so-called New Age movement inserts this issue with great force. But the rapid trivialization here becomes problematical, cf. the controversy over the Mindfulness Movement and its confusions, cf. McMindfulness: How… This should be an issue for students of capitalist ideology, but this requires complex historical study: the eonic model can be of great help here.
The capitalist process is relentless and tries to take over challenges to its control over consciousness…
McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality, R. Purser
This starts a new major version, but one that will be close to the main sequence of ‘editions’. Almost by intention the book has become a little complicated and a simplified account might help in another more general book. I still claim nevertheless that you can skip through this book’s core mainline to get to a streamlined and efficient socialist realization in just over a hundred pages. Although I admire Marx/Engels and consider myself a (liberal) neo-commmunist/socialist, I don’t think the Marxist path will work anymore. In the second international people moved into the socialist stream in droves, but we don’t see that happening now, for reasons many including myself have made clear. The old distinction of ‘scientific’ versus ‘utopian’ socialism doesn’t work anymore either. Our DMNC isn’t utopian but more like a recipe, and baking cakes doesn’t require scientific method. We just have ‘socialism’ which we must specify with constructivist steps. There is no inherent reason we have to force ‘socialism’ into the mould of historical materialism which reduced sociology to economic obsessions. The so-called DMNC model suggests/shows that constructing a postcapitalist system is not so difficult as it seemed when confronted with an abstruse historicist model of history that was critiqued almost from the day Marx’s works were published. We need a new kind of model, an empirical chronology of world history, and liberation from ‘economics’, another pseudo-science. We need something that can be taken up in an hour of explanation, to start, and a movement of some kind that breaks with the Marxist cult and can regain the enthusiasm of the general public, working class, middle to Universal class, even the capitalists, who are encouraged to a death bed conversion. Marx’s work was keyed to nineteenth-century proletariats but the working class in late capitalism needs a new analysis. Without abstruse theories and minds wrecked by Hegelian wicked thoughts freed from Marx’s jargon the path to socialism becomes a matter of 1. sane economies based on hi-level expropriation, 2 a new ecosocialist core based on sound environmental standards, 3. a new kind of democracy/social democratic as a direct descendant of liberalism yet open to the critiques of the original socialists, able to absorb Marx’s X-ray into bourgeois democracy without the bias against democracy that lurked in the growing nineteenth-century distrust of democracy. There is no reason this can’t be achieved either by reformist or revolutionary avenues. How would you amend the constitution to create ‘democratic market neo-communism’ based on sound ecology, robust social democratic rights? Democracies need to be finished with domination by capitalist oligarchies. In two centuries plus since the Industrial Revolution not a single ‘democracy’ has gotten it right, whatever the dismally inadequate sneak attacks steps taken by FDR. The liberal world is so far condemned as being unable to even take care of its citizens in the blahblah of rights, but the consistent sabotage of economic rights. The question needs to be finished or global civilization will self-destruct. The issue of the working class has shifted in meaning now, but, in a real sense, so what? Capitalist economies partition across a divide of two sectors one exploiting the other and unable as a result to make capitalism work to found a social democratic synthesis built into a liberalism remorphed as a postcapitalist liberal neo-communism. This should be elementary in the way that ‘democracy’ became elementary, though not in the minds of the original founders of the American brand. The coming climate crisis, next to the resurgence of the fascist right, makes the fire-extinguisher in place called ‘revolution’ an essential ‘gedanken experiment’ or ‘virtual model’. We would then need failsafed models of revolution and this done right can diffuse into the realm of reformist action. As the blind man said, we shall see. Although this new kind of liberalism will ban the gulag, we can consider one exception, the economists, who could be banished to a small island somethere in the Arctic far north in Canada. That would require Canadian versions of the DMNC. Go for it, and then subvert Yankee Doodle land for a new International. Ditto for Mexico.