The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures… //version: ED3_11_25_22

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At a time of escalating climate crisis, the American system is frozen in capitalist capture of the bourgeois state. This has created a genuinely baffling situation evoking revolutionary speculation even in those ill-disposed to such perspectives. Slogans of ‘Revolution’ are proclaimed by groups who would dare little in that direction. The confusion springs from sloganeering unconsciously speaking beyond itself, notably the phrase ‘Our Revolution’ from the activism of Bernie Sanders. We have tried a reminder of what the term ‘revolution’ must finally mean, with a focus on the US but with a putative invocation of a new International. Consider ‘Our’ Last Revolution.
Without revolutionary intervention to a form of ecological socialism, the world system will collapse under its capitalist regime. Time is short.
We are done. We have proceeded at high speed to a reconstruction of a new framework for a ‘neo-communist’ project inside a liberal system, to show that in principle a socialist project is far simpler than one might think from the complexities of the Marxist corpus. This model can throttle back and forth between a remorphed liberalism, and an eco-socialist commune, and a lifeboat vehicle in the calamity of system collapse. It is much more practical to do what computer programmers often do: remorph a given code set instead of projecting a new complex from scratch. Despite many echoes our formulation is distinct from the legacy, mostly botched, readings of ‘socialism’ and ‘socialist economies’.


Marxists seem oblivious to the problems of their legacy: they live in an imaginary world referencing ‘communism’ where the public thinks of North Korea. Unbelievably the same terminology stretches between grossly contradictory entities. This is especially the case with the Chinese non-exemplar, whose global influence remains despite its Stalinist core. No challenge to the abuse of terminology is possible. Thus our ‘neo-communism’ starts from scratch and never uses the robotized terms that generate cognitive dissonance and sheer revulsion. That the social public (by our definition also the ‘working class: they are passive with respect to capitalist domination) and not just the industrial proletariat could find in socialism a real bargain that could enrich their lives has become a lost cause in persuasion. Our challenge may be insufficient itself. but we can avoid terms in isolation. We don’t speak of socialism or communism as terms by themselves, but as predicates in multiterm systems: ‘democratic market neo-communism’ as ecosocialism, a complex specification that failsafes terms used in isolation. Chinese Stalinism is NOT socialism, over and out. But a mess of that size is beyond redemption, and we must move on with a new terminology. The core problem is ‘historical materialism’: it puts an immense obstacle in the way of grasping the meaning of socialism and it is an entirely egregious distraction. Who needs it? As a theory it doesn’t work, and in addition precipitates an entirely useless conflict between idealism and materialism, imposes a reductionist scientism on the complexities of history and culture and claims the status of science when in fact it is a pseudoscience and oversimplification.

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The US, China and the DMNC model

https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/10/04/cia-director-william-burns-china-kicking-americas-ass-in-tech-war-main-area-for-geopolitical-competition/

I am not in the business of stoking the US/China divide but in this case it is of interest to note that if the US is falling behind China it is because its ideologies are in a state of confusion. China’s fake communism and compromise with markets however strikes a blow in the direction of our DMNC model where the US is stuck seemingly forever in a capitalist stranglehood. And that is starting to fail. Not that China isn’t almost capitalist itself.
But the grounds for revolution in the Last Revolution were almost abstraction in a model of virtual revolution. And yet suddenly we see that a revolution to something like a DMNC model would be greatly to the US’s advantage in the global sphere if it could be brought about by a group with the power, means and grasp of issues to bring it off. Unfortunately the US system is in the hands of mostly hopeless dolts, psychopaths as politicians spawned by so-called democracy.
At any rate, a complex nexus of socialist markets, planning and some parallel planned entities in the context of a Commons, and with a starting gesture toward a new International without the criminal mafia of covert agences and Zionists would fit the bill perfectly for the US which could regain its coherence and idealism and international leader all at once. Revolutions tend to be actions against an elite, but here a revolutionary group and some parts of that elite could create a neo-communism that could be very effective and halt the inexorable slide into the realm of imperialism, crime, and capitalist dictatorship now passing for ‘democracy’.

The Covid Debacle Rolls On 

What does China get for its heroic anti-coronavirus efforts? A constant beating in the western right-wing press. Its public health miracle is held up as having transformed the nation into a gulag (this from journalists whose U.S. “homeland” in fact features a real, live, out-and out carceral state gulag) and as proof of its hopelessly authoritarian governance. But I doubt Chinese leaders care what American free-market lunatics think. They clearly staked out their job as protecting the public health of their people, something we Americans can only dream of. Our rulers screech “get back to work! If you drop dead, them’s the breaks.” China’s response betokens far more civilization: “Don’t spread it, and get better soon.”

Source: The Covid Debacle Rolls On – CounterPunch.org