We critiqued this site before: celebrating the russian revolution is an ambiguous gesture, a point lost on most marxists. This week has also seen an anniversary for the fall of the berlin wall: the whole bolshevik episode came full circle.
Certainly the history is important but in the final analysis celebrating bolshevism is a mistake and those the left wishes to communicate will be turned off.
We need a new left and a new version of social transformtion, beyond marxism/leninism whose effect is ‘reverse advertising’ and mass avoidance of socialist appeals.
Source: The Russian Revolution: The Meaning of October
The question of the working class has been confused by marxist theory and its place in the dynamics of socialist transformation has never been clarified. The idea is central to the left, and should be, but it needs to be put in perspective and seen realistically as one part of a larger analysis of all classes and their path to socialism. Marxist thinking generates immense resistance because it implies the elimination of all classes except the working class, absurd, but seemingly implied. The maoists and bolsheviks simply murdered immense numbers who didn’t fit in their rubrics and the result has totally discredited the basic ideology. The point should be obvious but still hasn’t sunk in with the marxist true believers. Continue reading ” Imaginary working class fantasies, daydreaming marxists…”
The debate over idealism and materialism (which still lingers today, no doubt) is a product of the early nineteenth century when reductionist scientism collided with hegelian idealism (and not only that), the latter a bit extravagant perhaps, and we see the extreme reaction in the generation of marx/engels. But the debate is pointless now, and in an age of quantum mechanics almost ridiculous. The obvious suggestion in general is that both views are right and somehow complementary.
The marxist left is still mired in the morass of that dated argument and needs to move on. Inflicting this one those who wish to move toward socialism is both pointless and highly prejudicial. The prospect of imposing hard-core materialism of the early science era on the whole of thought has alienated so many potential socialists that one has to wonder at the boxed mentation created by the marxist legacy.
Source: The eonic model beyond materialism/idealism – Darwiniana – Darwiniana
The challenge to darwinism has been there all along buried by the establishment writers and academics. The question is confused by the issue of intelligent design, but its proponents have at least produced a lot of criticism of darwinism that is sometimes useful. Continue reading ” Dissent over darwinism is entering mainstream…so long to marxism’s darwin dogma, natural selection and class struggle, etc…”
The hopeless confusion created by bolshevism is made the worse by the rote and kneejerk refusal of many on the left to take a critical stance toward their legacy.
Many fail to see that a new canon must be prepared and this requires a critical marxism and a determination to critique and correct a frozen tradition. The whole subject requires a new terminology, and a failsafed consideration of how socialism might be possible.
The issue of capitalism’s failure has made a new left inevitable, but its way of being stuck in a groove will doom renewal…
The failure of capitalism and the return of socialist failsafes
January 23rd, 2016 · Continue reading “The failure of capitalism…and pseudo-socialism…”
Allende is but one example among the many that given the opportunity leftists have no coherent plan and are confused by the legacy of marxism, and even worse, marxists: there is no reason something like our DMNC couldn’t have slid into realization with relative ease, and the opportunity was there if allende had had more clarity from the leftist canon.
Nearly five decades after the coup that overthrew leftist president Salvador Allende, the Chilean left is starting to rebuild power. But it still wrestles with the legacy of the bloody defeat of Allende’s democratic revolution.
Source: Allende in Chile Today