So-called socialists and Bhaskar Sunkara is barely a socialist beyond being a social democrat (? fair, everyone is hiding behind coopted terminologies), have attempted to manage some form of social democratic progressivism where the so-called revolutionary socialists are being sidelined into marginal status. Everyone is confused even as the real conditions of socialism are reappearing over the horizon.
Thus this book can only called too far to the left by system drones, and evidently they populate the LRB more or less exclusively.
We have suggested a different approach: everyone has been confused by marxism, and is bemused by the theories of Marx which are so tricky noone really understands the subject.
At a moment of crisis when it is clear that capitalism is failing still the left cannot get its act together.
We have critiqued marx’s theories because of this and suggested a simple praxis. The immense literature pro/con of professors, windbags and socialist halloween types needs to be written off. A constructive project of what we have given as an example in ‘democratic market neo-communism’ shows at once how easy it would be to create a viable postcapitalism, easy given the achievement of expropriation in some form.
Imagine the american system in which everything remains the same except for the declaration of expropriation. The whole game could continue beautifully as before, but with an immense inner change of principle. The above is actually too simple, but the point is clear.
The point is that in a smarter world we could resolve the false dilemma of liberalism/communism at a stroke. In practice there could be difficulties but the point is to elude the false opposites of liberalism and communism. Socialists get nowhere because they can’t define what they are doing, while capitalists have transformed themselves inexorably, jeckyll/hyde, from the heroes to the villains.
The point is these debates are a dead letter. We must create a system that works beyond the dualism of capitalism/socialism. Over a century of the marxist left this simple resolution has proven impossible because current marxist would rather see something fail then contradict marx. A good example is venezuela: a virtual planet of leftists ought to be trying to help this experiment, but instead we see doctrinaire consistency that would prefer to see the instance fail so the ‘real (marxist) revolution’ can occur. That is sheer idiocy.
The simple gesture of expropriation as a foundation makes the rest of the idiotic rumination from marx onward irrelevant.Marx/engels say as much in their manifesto. The later world of Capital, the book, has so confused everyone they cannot act. Expropriation might backfire and end in civil war, but the doctrines of phony socialism from DSA to Jacobin and Sanders are not going to arrive anywhere because t he bourgeoisie will remain in control.
Odd to see such a gaseous attack on Sunkara’s book for being too far to the left. It is like the centrist pile-on against Warren and Sanders last night as if they were Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht.
Source: [Marxism] Millennial Socialism and Its Limits – Los Angeles Review of Books
Our ecological DMNC model could mostly resolve at a stroke all the tricky issues involved in a serious Green New Deal…?
Source: An ecological DMNC and the Green New Deal…
Source: [Marxism] What Is Democratic Socialism? Whose Version Are We Talking About?
Here we have discussed this issue ad infinitum and we don’t bother with the distinction of socialism/communism, the latter being qualified as ‘neo-communism’ as in ‘democratic market neo-communism’. Continue reading ” = our DMNC, bang the drums…// What Is Democratic Socialism? Whose Version Are We Talking About?”
We have often suggested a way out of the Venezuelan impasse which is finally a judgment on the left’s inability to specify a real socialist system. The Venezuelan system is overanalyzed: the failure is that of international socialism to offer a viable path to its own definitionless abstraction. The Bolivarian revolution is really a revolution manque that senses the dangers of stalinism and balks at the threshold. Continue reading “Venezuela blah blah on the left: the need to complete the revolution…//ZCommunications » Explanations for the Current Crisis in Venezuela”
We have changed our logo again and will keep it up for a short review of the question of ‘realizable socialism’.
The idea emerged in the vacuum of marxist/leftist views of what an evolutionary/revolutionary socialism should actually look like. The refusal to plan ahead for the need to construct a socialist system led to disastrous results…
This is a selection from the Kindle/public domain PDF of Democratic Market Neo-communism transferred back from PDF format to microsoft Word with possibly quirky results.The point here is to abandon classic communism as the nightmare it is for a version as here that will produce a robust economy, satisfy ecological constraints, and still appeal to a new public, the universal class and its core sector the working class. The way to do that is to create a communism with the look of liberalism, and a liberalism with the look of communism. A difficult task, at first, but with a new set of mental habits the job almost does itself.
The original document needs more work, some amplification and a closer focus on ecological socialism. Start thinking, how construct a neo-communism that will not provoke a fury of refusal in a general public? Our version has three sectors and allows markets run by socialist entrepreneurs/managers to license resources from the Commons to engage in a new form of socialist market. Issues of ‘clearing’ and the hastles of such as Ludwig Mises don’t even arise, in theory. But new forms of planning are visible on the horizon we have a system with immense potential light years from the stolid idiocy of marxist type pseudo-communism with its state capitalism, etc…https://www.dropbox.com/home/Public?preview=Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5.pdf
Despite our swipe against union bosses in the previous post our DMNC explicitly suggests the need for unions in our multi-sector system. As our DMNC turns green a new ‘bourgeoisie’ could easily arise and start to exploit in the name of green socialism. We need additional checks and balances and a set of safeguards against a ‘new bourgeoisie’. But our format is still oversimplified and needs some careful test logic to ‘debug’ its possible deviations…
The bourgeoisie will at some point change gears be more than happy to turn the working class into a peasantry in the name of a Green crisis. Continue reading “Universal versus working class…Green revolution and an equal pie”