R48G: we are not required as ‘democratic market neo-communists’ required to defend the record of bolshevism… November 10th, 2017 •
This will get its own doman soon, til then:
Marxists need a new kind of left, and by no means only Marxists:
the public should be in revolt against the genocidal horror underway
in their ‘republic if you can keep it’. Our formulation is either reformist
or revolutionary. The revolutionary moment is arriving on its own, in a cascade
of crises. As climate change accelerates the system will enter breakdown.
The key slogan of all boy scouts is, Be Ready.
The times are at the brink. We stand by as a fascist counterrevolution from the right, piously
sermonizing revolutionary cadres and ideologies moves via perverted counterrevolutionary crypto-fascism
to undermine democracy as a mad president carries out genocide in public in a pandemic as
the public takes it as a news item as gaping paralytics.
We are starting a new website Postcapitalist Futures for a series of resources on the left.
The left is almost paralyzed, and that in part is due to the dated character of basic marxism.
We advocate making Marx/Engels classic portraits in a core heroic saga
and moving to a critique, long overdue, of classic marxism (from which however
we quietly pilfer some of its key memes).
We need a new formulation of socialism, and some ideas for postcapitalism reconstruction.
We have two mini-manifestos and an idea for a left group, The Red Forty-eight Group, which
is like a model generator for neo-communist social projects: democratic market neo-communism.
Like it or not capitalism is coming to an endgame phase, and must be ready with some idea
of what to do next. The right is ready with fascist options, while the left is mostly
sloganeering terms with no referents.
Our thinking is addressed equally to reformist and revolutionary perspectives.
We remind our readers however that the Yankee Doodle system, called a democracy,
began with a revolution, and was pegged as ‘a republic if you can keep it’, now a
a peculiar form of Trumpocracy with capitalist flavor.
The left needs to explore more complex combinations than the usual vacuous mantra of socialism.
The DMNC requires careful examination of the dialectic of authority in democracy, the interplay of markets and planning and the legal and other aspects of a Commons which has to be more than a one party control nexus as state capitalism.
DMNC, gedanken experiments, murphy’s law, and the foundation of an evolving system with a neo-communist threshold…
May 20th, 2018 ·
R48G: how would DMNC function in practice? March 27th, 2017 · https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?
Our link to the Roberts’ blog provokes some interesting questions about the functioning of our ‘democratic market neo-communism’ which is taken as a three sector system comprising a planned sector, a market sector, and an autonomous sector. Continue reading “The coming of postcapitalism”
The legacy of marxism/leninism in its phase of bolshevism is one of a hard contrast between opposites and the obliteration of one society to construct another, the later however never really defined in advance by those proposing a new society.
Our suggestion is that this was a mistake due to the way thinking tends to polarize and in the history of socialism this process is notably at work. But the result has so far never produced a successful outcome. It could hardly be otherwise and social construction from scratch is a tremendously difficult task, one that ended up disastrously in the hands of dictators.Continue reading “Liberalism and (neo-)communism”
China, whatever its geopolitical rise, is so flawed as a communist system as to be a hopeless contradiction…the US could, however seemingly imaginary the possibility, lead the way through the crisis planetary destruction by creating a path to postcapitalism…Our DMNC model, however up in the air, is concrete enough to suggest a way, one that doesn’t get stuck in the muddle of chinese political idiocy (but the chinese could take the same path with its own version done right…)
The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. It is, quite possibly, life-and-death for the planet… Mark Twain once commented, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
The world of the chinese aspires to democracy, and the world of the democracies aspires to socialism: n’er the twain shall meet: we need to formulate a single format for democracy/socialism that is not stuck in the hard duality of the opposites that aren’t opposites.
Our democratic market neo-communism is one such unification of those opposites and both Hong Kong and the mainland could use it!
Something didn’t quite add up. This past weekend, protestors were rallying outside the American embassy in Hong Kong. They were waving American flags. They were singing The Star-Spangled Banner. One 24-year-old protester wore a red Make America Great Again hat. Some signs at the protest read “President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong.”
We tend to take for granted the definition of capitalism: or let capitalists define it for us. But the whole semantics is up in the air, and we can insist on its delimitation as the correct definition…!!
Our ‘democratic market neo-communism’ allows ‘markets’ under conditions of a Commons, etc…That gives neo-communism its own ‘capitalist’ aspect, etc…
R48G: the template of a neo-communist revolution
July 29th, 2017 ·
Our discussions of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ are an attempt to deal with the obsessive compromises that always overtake leftist positions resulting in the usual social democratic
wishing well of ‘social democratic’ fantasy. Continue reading “Revolution in a void?”