This account shows the obvious way that the left suffers from the problems of marxist theory: the golden opportunity comes and noone has any idea of how to proceed.
Here there is the additional problem of thinking that certain countries are not ready for communism: this is a clear result of Marx’s stages of production theory which indicates everyone has to go through capitalism to reach communism, a species of complete nonsense springing from bad theory.
ANY culture at any time is ripe for communism/socialism and do NOT have to go through capitalism at first…!!!
Our ecological DMNC can be adapted to absolutely any culture/economy of homo sapiens as a species hominid. But all the historical economies that have any elements of civilization are ripe for the balanced combination of our model which already includes its ‘swiss army knife’ of possible adaptations.
This ‘democratic market neo-communism’ should create a two-pronged authority between a leadership principle and a democratic system, a planned system but with a market component (socialist market) and a Commons with a legal access of all to resources, etc…There is no reason to have to go through capitalism first because it already contains all the components of capitalism in a far superior form, and without being capitalism at all: markets can access the Commons and are thus expropriated from the start and yet in a flexible system where they are part of a special kind of market where social entrepreneurs can work in parallel with and partly independent of planning sectors which are nonetheless connected (this kind of situation already exists in various forms in all capitalist economies where governmental functions are essential to the functioning of the economy, etc…the attempts of privatizers to undo this has created capitalist idiocy). Some might think that a planned economy could take over completely but whatever the future of technology holds that still isn’t true at this point and the total control of an economy will still backfire. A socialist market sector and a planned sector can interact and produce a dynamic new combination.
The idea that undeveloped economies have to go through capitalism first is the most idiotic blunder of marxist theory and haunted the russian revolution until Lenin saw through such nonsense. But then the stalinist phase of forced development (despite the spurious reputation for rapid growth/development) was totally unnecessary: the whole thing could have been done much more intelligently with something like our model.