Effective state planning in China combined with political dysfunction and fanatical anti-government ideology in the U.S., along with overinvestment in the military and anti-intellectualism, accounts in part for wide discrepancy Rather than playing fair, U.S. government resorts to dirty tactics and sabotage to try to reclaim strategic advantage In 2015, the Chinese government announced the […]
The Marxist left gets off scot-free from the legacy of Bolshevism but Marxists should in honor take responsibility for their legacy and consider the way the limits of Marx, of Marxism, of Lenin, of Bolshevism, of Stalin, and the endgame with a Putin are all of a piece and that the calamity keeps on giving with the super idiocy of the Ukraine mess. It is almost impossible to create a democracy in that confusion (and as we see Ukraine almost pulled it off). Russia was cursed from the start with the refusal of Marx to make explicit his intentions and the result is the fast track to Stalinism. And the absence of a liberal bourgeois legacy of democratic revolution left it prey to all sorts of plug-the-void monstrosities, topped off with a Stalinist coup de grace. Putin inherits that hidden hatred of democracy that ended up distorting Bolshevism.
Strange as it might seem our DMNC model can help here: it is only a tool beside any actual realization in practice and it works just as well with trainwrecks as with up and coming bourgeois capitalist cases. From that angle, the only solution to the Russian case is some form of ‘democratic socialism’ after the manner of our model which is more than those two terms and the distorted versions now current. But the point is that democracy isn’t going to work in Russia, and Bolshevism is certainly a dead duck. But the DMNC model is a sort of trompe l’oeil in a benign sense that creates an honest hybrid that is a liberal system remorphed into a socialist neo-communism and vice versa.
Russians surely detest Bolshevik communism, but as events have shown the passage to democracy aborted even as the expropriated elements of state capitalism were dissipated most unwisely into the pockets of the oligarchs. Start over and do it again, but do it right this time. In that context democracy will start to take root, a sane economy based on our market neo-communism with a Commons can produce a robust economic foundation and with a view to passing beyond oil addiction. The model can help where the subject is allergic to democracy and has suffered terminal brain death from Bolshevik super idiocy. That requires another revolution, but in a way, that revolution has a history as a starting point. Put away the Marxist legacy and start over with a new script, and inch up to what in the end is probably the last resort for post-communist derelicts like the Russian case. Although I have spent two decades critiquing ‘end of history’ arguments, now I sometimes wonder, but the ‘end’ seeks a hybrid, you can’t go backwards, but what is backwards, doemocracy or socialism: an ex-Bolshevik failure doesn’t preempt the coming future beyond liberal capitalism which is competing at the endgame with barbarism, and NOT democratic so-called capitalism a la the Yankee doodledopia now starting into its evening gloom and probable endstate barbarism in an alt-fascist garbage dump. The future demands getting democracy right, but perhaps that as we see now requires socialism to make it work.
A fascinating article on the JFK assassination, even if it seemingly appears too meek/cautious on an issue that has so influenced the lives of so many, for the worse.
A kind of bitterness haunts many who spent almost an entire life ostracized for skeptical thinking about the JFK assassination and 9/11.
I can no longer remember when I first became skeptical of the official account on the JFK assassination, perhaps in the seventies (but I may have read Lane’s work early on, and I remember watching Oswald’s murder live on TV), but for many, such as Mark Lane, the first author on the subject to question the overall account, there was a problem visible to him within hours of the incident in Dallas. His classic Rush To Judgment came out in 1966, yet here we are over fifty years later still rehashing the lone gunmen/magic bullet legacy.
With 9/11 a similar situation is in effect and the ostracism equally severe. And that includes on the left where the reign of Chomsky persists.
CP is to be commended for discussing the JFK history here, but the left in general still harbors the illusions about JFK and 9/11 which persist and are de facto enforced by conformity culture, left middle right. The regime has coopted almost all social opportunities for many who could never learn the basic lesson, to get ahead, lie. The same situation is the case with Darwinism.
One loses allegiance, to say the least, to a culture so deeply conditioned, brainwashed. It is one thing to see the problems with the official accounts, but still very hard to sort out the different interpretations, and arrive at sound conclusions. A good example is the recent ‘conspiracy theory’ about the place of Mossad in the JFK (and 9/11): cf. Amazon: Final Judgement, by Piper. Here we go again, ‘no no that’s crazy…etc… ‘. The point is one can see the basic problem but remain unable to resolve alternate theories. One has to wonder what percentage of the public is simply hypocritical on these issues.
Since the 1990s, we have learned, among other things, about Operation Northwoods, a top-secret Pentagon plan—a policy conspiracy, if you will– to provoke a war with Cuba in 1963 via violent deceptive operations on U.S. soil. We have learned the surprising extent of the CIA’s pre-assassination surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. We have learned about Agency propaganda operations involving Oswald before and after Kennedy was killed. We have learned about possible tampering with the photographic record of Kennedy’s autopsy, and we have learned about the CIA’s obstruction of Congress’s JFK investigation in the late 1970s.