We referenced Chile and socialism already a few hours ago: we can list a set of issues that emerged from the so-called ‘DMNC’ model: ‘democratic market neo-communism’. This is in fact either a blank outline of an actual ‘socialist’ construct and/or a tool to model the different options in moving toward socialism.
Chile has a complex history and present, one is hardly in a position to deal with unfamiliar contexts. But the DMNC model has a set of useful reminders:
democracy is key but the definition of democracy is always up in the air, a socialist recombination can invoke ‘democratic socialism’ or our neo-communism (we don’t distinguish socialism and communisms.
step one is expropriation of Capital in the large, if that is possible
this requires defining a Commons which is different from state ownership
the dilemma over markets and planning is false: markets can exist in a socialist context
IF they operate with resources licensed from a Commons. The whole useless debate over
markets and planning can be bypassed. But planning is obvious another aspect and is coming into its own.
We have dozens of post essays on the DMNC model… :
Be wary of Marxism: it has given bum steers to generations of leftists.
Marx/Engels’ classic manifesto is all that is needed. The rest must be done by starting over.
Our DMNC model is a mold that can print out dozens of variants socialisms.
The DMNC model allows a threshold indifference level and allows a spectrum of options.
The connection of democracy, socialism in the large and expropriation has never been done right.
It is best of luck, at best…