The left is stuck in a kind of marxist religion that forces thinking in a set of dubious ideas. In fact it is almost embarrassingly easy to think of a resolution of the problems created by archaic communism. A real what we call neo-communism to make sure we see that there is no going back is fairly easy to construct in its gist, whatever complications we would face in practice. Our idea of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ shows how easy it is in principle to correct the confusing mess of archaeo-communism a la marxism.
Our idea simply brings together many opposites into cooperative conjunction:
our idea is to bring communism and democracy together, balance communism with a dash of anarchism ( low level indifference sector,see the texts), planning with a new kind of socialist market, replace capitalist with socialist entrepreneurs, economic resource pitfalls with ecological thinking (and ecological courts, next to economic courts and labor unions), state capitalism scrapped in favor of a Commons ( to which all are legally entitled), strong authority (in a presidential system of some kind) with the task of guarding the Commons, but no power over general politics or the economy (to prevent state capitalism), a parliamentary system balancing a presidential system, and so on. The minute we bring these opposites in conjunction as a system of checks and balances, along with economic, and liberal style rights, the resolution of most of the problems of stupido-bolshevik-marx/communism fall away, at least in principle. We should note that ‘nature’ has ecological rights against the exploitation of nature resources, etc…
Such an amateurishly simple solution is still light years ahead of stupido-bolshevism but would suffer unforeseen problems of its own, no doubt. But on the level of abstraction it works and could be implemented easily (given revolutionary expropriation of ‘capital’, a big IF!) and would probably work on day one. This set up still has problems with an International, is state-oriented but can develop solutions there in a global context, and must deal with the cancer of covert agencies that control the current american government, the problem of imperialism and military industrial complex as war for profit, and before we forget the question of Israel. Plus other issues. But the solution to the problem is to see that we must construct a neo-communism and can’t assume history will somehow manufacture it for us. This system has the feel of liberalism yet is communism, and the feel of communism yet is in many ways a remorphed liberalism.
Time is short and the global crisis of capitalism and ecology is accelerating. And yet there is no real left in the old sense. We have gotten Bernie Sanders but a close look shows a very weak leftist platform that coopts the language of socialism and revolution for something that isn’t even social democracy. if he can get elected and do some good,let him do so, but I fear he will put us on a treadmill where the term ‘revolution’ has been bankrupted. Continue reading “So, where does marxism go wrong…?”
I am sorry to criticize Proyect but to suppress critical thinking at his Marxmail is a gross abuse. I could have provided a lot of food for thought and gotten some exposure of my ten plus books on left/marxist subjects. The left is stuck in marxist idiocy and needs debate, critical thinking, exposes of leftist propaganda, more economic study that is up to date and able to penetrate capitalist propaganda, and in general a kind of theoretical ‘repentance’ as to the dreadful legacy of marxism/leninism/bolshevism. Continue reading ” The failure of marxism and the need for a new paradigm…”
This discussion is reasonable enough but in the final analysis so-called communism isn’t any better than capitalism: we need to define very carefully what we mean by the term and give it a new name so we wont get stuck in past failure.
Continue reading “Why you’re wrong about communism: Here are 7 huge misconceptions about it — and capitalism – “
The history of the US in South America is so grotesque, so unendingly fascist, and anti-democratic that it is a wonder that ordinary americans can mouth the term democracy for their debilitated rogue state…
Source: The US needs a bolivarian revolution, and beyond that a socialist rebirth… – Darwiniana
The resistance of Maduro is heroic but it remains a question as to what seems like a stalled ‘Bolivarian stalemate’ with ‘real socialism’. Continue reading “Seize the day: can Venezuela complete its transition to real socialism/communism?”
If it can, it should do so, but the evidence is not there that the working class is revolutionary, which is not the same as ‘changing the world’ unless that is what is meant. We have courted the great marxist heresy with a ‘dialectical’ self-debate on the issue and constructed our ‘Red Forty-eight Group’ as either for working class revolutionaries and/or the activism of the ‘universal class’.
What about Trump’s base? Golly Continue reading ” what about the lumpenproletariat?…Trump’s base and Marx’s class bias//Can the (non)Working Class Change the World?”
Speaking from the left one is nonetheless aware of the complete dissociation of the general public on issues with the label ‘socialist’ and ‘communist’. These terms have lost a number of semantic wars to the general discredit of their implications, or so it seems. The problem is almost transparent: they are indicted in all the problems of bolshevism. Continue reading ” After the CIA it seems like the biggest obstacle to socialism/communism is marxist dogma and its obsessive promoters living in the past…”