Next to marxism’s failure of vision….//Michael Harrington’s Failure of Vision – Left Voice

The critique of Harrington is cogent enough, but are Marxists in a position to stand in judgment? Their own flawed framework drives socialists into reformism, among many factors no doubt.
Harrington was right to criticize the Soviet Union, and the muddle of Marxists over the whole issue of Bolshevism has paralyzed the left. The ultimate source of the confusion is Marx himself who crippled the left with his bad theories and failure to specify what was to be done in the name of socialism. The result was Lenin, then Stalin on a socialist platter. Historical materialism was a mediocre pseudo-science. Why not just chuck it.
If the left can’t disown Lenin/Stalin, they will never get a second chance as they smother all other options. In fact, the anomaly of Russia 1917 clouds the fact that no revolutionary Marxist initiative has ever succeeded. Without exception, save Cuba, they all failed because the moment of coming into power was bungled Marxist assumptions. State ownership of capital was a mistake from the start. A system of coercion enters to reinforce the initial wrong axioms. The hard break with liberalism made democracy impossible, etc… A true socialism should be immensely popular. Instead, we see the immense disgust with socialism, fed by the right, but also by leftist confusion.

We have suggested many times a far simpler version of socialism as neo-communism in our construct or model of ‘democratic market neo-communism’. It is an erector set of potentials, and shows at once the way the Marxist framework constantly fails.
If the left can’t create a democracy it is doomed at the start. But to be sure the counterrevolution can destroy good intentions and immediately turned Leninist hopes into a covert agency domination of psychopaths.
Such system as our DMNC doesn’t destroy the capitalist state, which was an invitation to Stalinism, but remorphs a liberal state into a neo-communist extension by expropriating capital to a Commons, under its own laws and checks and balances and not subject to one-party control. Markets can operate with resources licensed from the Commons. Economic rights within an economy that can deliver would make socialism (needs a new name) very popular.
Markets, planning, can coexist very easily if done right. This kind of system can emerge from revolution or, at the outside, reform. We have discussed many versions of this, one with an indifference level below which the control factor is minimal. In another a five party state, and a set of guardians. The main issue is economic sanity in a balance of markets and planning. The coming crisis demands a core eco-socialist version.

The Marxist left keeps harping over reformists but it is in many ways they who have smothered a real left. The chance for revolution may have passed, as Marx/Engels must have sensed as they fought in the revolutions of 1848. If there is no chance of revolution then the high and mighty judgment of reformists is a fantasy. But, to be sure, the DSA/Harrington approach is stuck in its own treadmill. It is a rigged system that makes third parties impossible. The whole Bolshevik experiment accomplished nothing but to turn into Putinism. The current political paralysis will soon follow suit as the dictator syndrome arrived so swiftly with Trump.
Here the left must be the champion of democracy, ‘real democracy’, and that must be the control core around which a transition to expropriation can occur. The coming climate crisis will stage the opportunity. But Marxists have shown they will spoil every chance they get.
Time for the multiple alternatives such as our DMNC spectrum. Marxists can disband and reform overnight, and renounce their legacy of wrong thinking.

Interview with Doug Greene, author of a new biography of Michael Harrington.

Source: Michael Harrington’s Failure of Vision – Left Voice

Capitalism is at endgame: we need a new left: in one hour’s work we have a complete new formulation…

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/07/20/are-we-prepared-pandoras-box-climate-catastrophes

The link to Common Dreams is the umpteenth this month warning of the coming-now-here catastrophe of our ecological disaster. We present a new framework making the point we can produce them very rapidly. It speaks to reformists and/or revolutionaries. We might prefer reformist demcratic (pseudo-socialism) but unless the left can expropriate monstrosities like Exxon, now willfully engaging in planetary ecocide the calamity will be guaranteed. We speak therefore of ‘neo-communism’ and offer a new kind of system with failsafe guarantees against stalinism,  models for a robust new kind of economy, and an exit vehicle from the stale and dated marxism. That said,  protestant reformed marxists after some sense knocked in their heads are open candidates for a new revolutionary/reformist transition.

Marxists could do an immense service by disowning marxism, and starting over with a new framework. Failing that we consider leaving them behind, to attempt something new. The material below is an hour’s work and does just that, however incomplete. There is no excuse anymore for monopolizing socialist ideas with Karl Marx as fetish saint. We have moved on and will never use the term ‘communism’ without a prefix as in neo-communism and a with failsafe revolutionary options that can bypass jacobinism and guarantee habeas corpus,etc. The left cannot rehash bolshevism, if they do, we are all dead.
The future is at risk at the start from the army of covert agency psychopaths who have billions in resources and decades of experience at destroying leftists. The must find the resolution to the near hopeless situation left to us. But the left has time on its side: the capitalists have run out of time. Having critiqued Marxists, it is also true that they have preserved the revolutionary option. For that they have our respect, although what we say is to reformists and/or revolutionaries. We have variously advocated the be drafted/shanghaied into our R48G formation (below)
The revolution/reform dilemma is false, perhaps: Gaian nature is mad as hell and is already staging the ‘Revolution’.
Our idea is that of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ which could be the blueprint to reconstruct a new society in less than a month.

R48g: Red Fortyeight Group: The algebra of left movements: Let R48G be….Movement X, revolutionary/reformist, I am too old to found a movement but I can offer an algebra of movements that are able to deal with the crisis.
Let just note that every movement based on marxism has failed. There are simple solutions to its confusions.
Some notes for a new book on an emergency left, companion to Last and First Men
The idea of the Red Fortheight Group points to the era of the bourgeois revolution moving into a socialist future in the 1848 period, the era of Marx and Engels and the first challenges to the suddenly crystallizing capitalist order. Our idea tokens a movement variable of The Red-fortyeight Group as an algebra of movementsin a superset of liberal, socialist and communist groups, factions, parties and their futures in our own time as the prophecy of the Last Revolution takes shape at a moment of global system collapse.
The need for a critical postmarxism: at a time of crisis the older facts on the ground of Bolshevism have completely wrecked the legacy of Marxism: the latter used to be an immensely popular idea but now leaves most including the working class paranoid and wary of Stalinism. The left must start over and produce a new view of history and evolution, a blueprint for a new society, and a new type of economy that works.
Again, the left MUST start over. The material was composed in one hour or so and shows how a new left can emerge in no time
We need more materials, no doubt, viz. on ecological socialism.
The left needs to critique and move beyond Darwinism which is going to be a tool of capitalists and rogue scientists to use genocide as the crisis deepens. (Stalin was the great pioneer here, to the immense discredit of Marxists.) The idea of natural selection is used by the field of rogue scientists to justify capitalism, competition, mass murder as evolution, etc…
A simple framework for a robust take on ‘evolution’ can be provided in about five minutes. The sophistical lies and deceptions of Darwinism’s natural selection are dangerous and totally unnecessary.
Our take on ‘decoding world history’ shows how easy it is to produce a simple outline/model of world history. Historical materialism is not a sound framework and leads to the worst kind of reductionist scientism. We don’t need to reduce the world to economic categories.
A sound study of history must embrace the fact/value distinction and be a story/history of free agents, with the dialectic of free will.

A work in progess, to accompany Descent of Man Revisited, and Last and First Men:
Postcapitalist Futures

Postcapitalist Futures


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A republic if you can keep it: the challenge of revolution: socialist democracy as the last chance option/democratic market neo-communism

In the strange situation we find ourselves in we have entered the realm of the right to revolution: the capitalism dominated republic at the last chance moment can’t move in any way to meet the crisis of climate. But what does that imply?
Given the history of the left we must disown the whole legacy, referring to the marxist cadre, which however can move into a new framework easily.???
In fact this sad situation could jackknife the left and end in a civil war of the left in addition to the right.
We have suggested that unless the left can disown the Bolshevik legacy it will inevitably revert to Stalinism, We need to propose revolution with a new approach.
We have suggested that slogans of socialism aren’t enough: we must have a complex four plus term system to proceed in a way that can invite the respect of those
who cannot trust the marxist legacy.
Our four plus term system is failsafed with a balanced set of opposites. It is a neo-commmunism that disowns all previous communisms and its four plus terms
are democracy, socialist markets, planning sciences, a Commons to which all have equal access in principle, requiring expropriation of capital in the large, a new communism with economic and liberal rights, a parliament, with three dialectical parties, a fourth presidential party of executive powers and guardian of the Commons.
It has an indifference level below with the state allows let go and a sort of free zone of personal ownership, and other organizations.
The result is not leviathan aiming toward total control.
This system requires no teleological theory and can be based on a world history given via periodization: its core epoch is simply modernity, following the rise of the Neolithic, the rise of higher civilization and proximate antiquity. The Marxist system of epochs is simply propaganda and our new approach points to the need to construct a new system and not just wait for it to happen, the vice of teleological marxism.
Revolution is justified by the logic crisis and capitalist insanity, but must offer its own failsafes: procedures of revolution, revolutionary marshals, clarity as to the status of counterrevolutionaries, habeas corpus throughout to guarantee against false jacobinism, and much else.  This system is benign but no fried to counterrevolutoinaries. Revolutionary transition must seize control of the fascist covert agencies at once, and start over with a new kind of intelligence agency.
This system can have immense appeal to those who confront the coming calamity of capitalism, climate and ecological disaster. Economic and liberal rights, even during a revolution void, and aiming to equal rights in the Commons.

There is a lot more to say here, and our model refers to the US, but then after that to a community based on a new International.

It is not a buddy system with the remnant leftists steeped in the hopeless muddle of Marxism and pervaded with crypto-stalinists with murderous jacobinism.
They need to say goodbye the useless baggage of leftism that nearly destroyed the socialist future in the era of Bolshevism

There is a lot more to say, here: our four term system needs to marginally increase its complexity as an experiment in real time. This system needs to take the next step and infused its dynamic with ecological socialism.
Leftist ideas provoke great resistance, but at the point where you realize you are dead in a system where rights aim apparently to sink civilization indifferent to capitalist catastrophe the path to our lifeboat becomes possible. The outcome is freedom but not the right to capitalist domination of resources.

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So, you weren’t able to keep it, what next…?
The ‘revolution’ option is enshrined in the lore of the original revolutionary outcome of American ‘democracy’. That the result wasn’t much of a democracy and points to a new future of the genre: an intelligent socialism is the prescription needed for a ‘real democracy’.
That may seem unrealistic but the future of the American system as is seems quite unrealistic…

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Archive: The marxist foundation is dead, time to start over, time is short…//Building a Mass Socialist Party: Class Independence vs. the “Party Surrogate” Strategy 

Consider how different 2020 would have been if there had been a mass working-class party in existence intervening in events with a program that transcended the bounds of capitalism. The pandemic exposed the capitalists’ willingness to sacrifice human lives at the altar of profits, provoking a strike wave across numerous industries last spring. A mass socialist party could have given a coordinated expression to these struggles and unified them around a program of demands to defeat the virus and save countless lives.A mass party of, by, and for the working class would have cut across the rise of Trumpism and its distorted class polarization by tapping into the deep discontent in society and channeling it against capitalism.

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Two Manifestos
Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5(2)

We are over a century past the great surge of the Second International and the emergence of a global audience for marxism. So what happened and why is a repeat seemingly so impossible? The obvious answer is the legacy of Bolshevism and Stalinism. That and the failure to construct a viable socialist economy anywhere at all (exceptions?) in addition a mountain of books by critics have ‘exposed’ the issue of socialism and still others, and this is key, have critiqued Marx’s theories. Leftists express a knee-jerk defense at all points but they are a club or cult of the converted. There is no real public anymore for Marxism. But times change and socialism is making a comeback, it seems. Continue reading “Archive: The marxist foundation is dead, time to start over, time is short…//Building a Mass Socialist Party: Class Independence vs. the “Party Surrogate” Strategy “

The marxist foundation is dead, time to start over, time is short…//Building a Mass Socialist Party: Class Independence vs. the “Party Surrogate” Strategy 

Consider how different 2020 would have been if there had been a mass working-class party in existence intervening in events with a program that transcended the bounds of capitalism. The pandemic exposed the capitalists’ willingness to sacrifice human lives at the altar of profits, provoking a strike wave across numerous industries last spring. A mass socialist party could have given a coordinated expression to these struggles and unified them around a program of demands to defeat the virus and save countless lives.A mass party of, by, and for the working class would have cut across the rise of Trumpism and its distorted class polarization by tapping into the deep discontent in society and channeling it against capitalism.

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Two Manifestos
Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5(2)

We are over a century past the great surge of the Second International and the emergence of a global audience for marxism. So what happened and why is a repeat seemingly so impossible? The obvious answer is the legacy of Bolshevism and Stalinism. That and the failure to construct a viable socialist economy anywhere at all (exceptions?) in addition a mountain of books by critics have ‘exposed’ the issue of socialism and still others, and this is key, have critiqued Marx’s theories. Leftists express a knee-jerk defense at all points but they are a club or cult of the converted. There is no real public anymore for Marxism. But times change and socialism is making a comeback, it seems.
We have suggested here many times the need to recast the legacy beyond the Marxist monopoly on socialism. The flaws in Marx’s theories have crippled the whole subject and we must fear the inexorable Stalinist convergence of new attempts.
Marx’s theories of history are flawed pseudo-science and promoting them can’t succeed anymore. But a new framework just might accelerate the new tide of socialism.
Take a good look at historical materialism. How can anyone expect anyone else to buy such a preposterous theory?
We have proposed here a different approach with a new approach to world history, without the inaccurate periodization of epochs and the economic modes of production angle. There is no law of history that ensures the coming of socialism/communism. Thinking so made Marxists reluctant ironically to consider the need to construct a viable future. Economics doesn’t drive history. In a way that is a relief. A new left would do better to consider the broader range of culture with analyses not stuck in the dated scientism of the nineteenth century imitating Newton. There is no science of society. What do have is an enlarged world history that shows how societies grow and evolve but a theory there is beyond our means. But we can base a future society on that empirical history and its periodization. Marxists have boxed the left into a corner. Any reactionary Tom/Dick or Harry can score a free bullseye by proclaiming that Marxist theories are not true. A better approach is to set aside ‘theories’ and stick to outlines, cultural depictions and the range of facts and values. Marx had to promote his theory without values in a reductionist scientism that none can take seriously.
We have a log of material here on new approaches. The current left has been crippled by its own legacy. A new approach is needed. No compromise is needed: the reformist/revolutionary dilemma remains, but the coming dissolution of capitalism needs more that crypto-Stalinist boilerplate ideology.
Our idea of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ is one offering: the nexus is four or more basic ideas, not just chanting the mantra of socialism: the left must consruct democracy, a system of socialist markets, a science of planning, an analysis of economic theory beyond Marx’s ancient thinking, a way beyond state capitalism to construct a Commons, an ecological stance that is central to the basic framework. Marxists have never done any homework here, Zero. The effort is huge and requires studies of constitutional and legal foundations, etc…As if the problem wasn’t hard enough the US shows hows the covert agencies secretly control the whole system, to an increasing degree. The left is too prone to being taken over by that nexus, as was the work of Lenin. The left can’t indulge in extra-legal shenanigans if they ever got a second chance. The slaughter started early with Lenin, not Stalin.

Source: Building a Mass Socialist Party: Class Independence vs. the “Party Surrogate” Strategy | Socialist Revolution

Cuba: a golden opportunity for ‘democratic market neo-communism’…//The 8th congress of the PCC and the challenges facing the Cuban revolution

https://redfortyeight.com/2021/06/08/from-the-archives-our-dmnc-could-rescue-cuba-from-the-doom-wished-upon-it-by-the-yankee-hyaenas-and-an-emerging-neo-bourgeois-oligarchy/
We reposted the link to a discussion of Cuba and a new model of neo-communism

Source: The 8th congress of the PCC and the challenges facing the Cuban revolution

 From the archives…//Our DMNC could rescue Cuba from the doom wished upon it by the yankee hyaenas…and an emerging neo-bourgeois oligarchy…

Cuba is likely to suffer from bad advice and the illusions of classical Marxism. There is a simple way to move into the future while saving the socialist foundation…

This is a useful article but is still stuck, as with the Cubans in the fallacies of original marxism:

We must return to the teachings of Lenin and Trotsky. A workers’ state, as Lenin described in his classical text, The State and Revolution, is but a quasi-state that immediately begins to dissolve, as it represents the dictatorship of the majority over the minority. Thus, Lenin proposed a series of basic rules inspired by the lessons of the Paris Commune: the election and recall of all public officials, that no public office has a higher wage than that of a skilled worker, the people in arms instead of a standing army etc.

It might help to forget Lenin, Trotsky and bolshevism, the dictatorship of the proletariat, etc…etc.. As for the Paris Commune, it was a near miraculous moment but it cannot easily resolve the full set of requirements for a post capitalist system.

The needless dilemma suffered by Cuba reflects the flaws in the original conception of marxism of the stages of production: it unwittingly strengthens the process of reversal because of the inability to create a postcapitalist economy. The idea that socialism and communism can’t have a market is the original fallacy of the  Marx world. But that market can’t be based on private property: capital and resources must be a part of a Commons. That is different from state capitalism.

Here our conception of (ecological) democratic market neo-communism can help to balance the false contradictions created by a misleading original theory.
Cuba has a golden opportunity to the job right because it has accomplished the task of expropriation.To throw that away would be a great misfortune. But the resolution is not state capitalism but the creation of a Commons and a new set of democratic and economic institutions. Further, democracy must enter and blend with communism.

Planing can coexist with a neo-communism market sphere which also interact with the larger global economy without being blackmailed by exterior capital.

Our DMNC model can avail of this foundation and yet introduce markets in our special sense. It could have a robust economy under a communist umbrella. It ca also be an ecological experiment, introduce Chavez style Communes and/or workers’ cooperatives.
It would be a pity to simply drift into the same failed ‘reform’ that has been the curse of Russia. Here the Vietnamese model is simply not adequate to the case.

After Donald Trump came into office, Washington’s position on the Cuban Revolution has become ever-more belligerent, in a radical change of policy from that followed by President Obama.

Source: Cuba: Trump’s threats, constitutional reform and the economic situation

Time to change terminology: China’s fascist pseudo-communism…//Marxist Parties Urged to Strive for Progress of Humankind 

We have stressed the need to recast Marxism given the Bolshevik legacy, and the same must be said of the Chinese brand of Marx and pseudo-communism.
Chinese so-called communism is not an exemplar for a global left.
As we have noted our DMNC, democratic market neo-communism, unites the criteria in one phrase and the fake version of China fails the definition.

The Communist Party of China stands ready to work with Marxist political parties throughout the world to jointly promote human progress and advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said on Thursday.Xi, who is also the Chinese president, made the remark in a congratulatory letter delivered to the virtual World Symposium for Marxist Political Parties hosted by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Source: Marxist Parties Urged to Strive for Progress of Humankind | Portside

R48G: blogbk: Decoding WH: the left in historical context, the coming crisis and the danger of Stalinism/fascist dictatorship


R48G: blogbk: Decoding WH: the left in historical context, the coming crisis

The Red Fortyeight Group is a generalize/generic radical movement, reformist/revolutionary evoking the

mystique and classic moment of that seminal year that was the first challenge from a post-liberal challenge to the emerging capitalist, bourgeois system.

Having rushed to complete ‘Decoding World History’, it is time to consider a new form of the left. So,…
Decoding World History ED 1_6dcdx

…this is another ‘blog book’ in progress next to “The Anthropocene…” and “Capitalism, Communism…”, etc:
The Anthropocene and The Coming of Postcapitalism ver 12(2)
Capitalism, Communism and the Evolution of Civilization(1)

A theme of a new left requires a completely new prospectus and yet a useful critique and selection from the Marxist corpus. The left needs a new view of history, evolution, and socialism/capitalism. And it must if not reformist offer in advance a failsafed revolutionary transition. Being a revolutionary isn’t quite the issue: the greater system of history will do the revolution for us, yet we need to be ready. The pandemic is a good example: for a short moment, the capitalist system in the US shut down in an astonishing ‘revenge of nature’ moment. A true have should have been ready and could have simply taken over. Instead, we witnessed a fascist coup attempt from the right.

The public will refuse to connect with the old-style Marxist project. Something novel and failsafed must replace the old crypto-Stalinist Marxism.

Our outline of ‘democratic market neo-communism’ can help to break old habits and reconceive a leftist platform.

The task is complex and must construct a new kind of economy inside of a democratic framework of planning and markets.

The new left must study ecology, climate science, democratic constitutions (plus Marx’s critique, no doubt), economic rights, the idea of a Commons, Continue reading “R48G: blogbk: Decoding WH: the left in historical context, the coming crisis and the danger of Stalinism/fascist dictatorship”