On the Stalin Question

The left as we have noted is still mired in the failed legacy of Bolshevism/Stalinism. Beyond that, the legacy of Marxism is the ultimate source of that derailment. Stalinism shows almost every way the transition to communism can go wrong. This situation has left the current Marxist brand beyond salvage. And that could be good at a time when the onset of postcapitalism emerges on its own with the left mostly turning in circles.s
It is a bit late in the day to be still mucking about in Stalinism. Time to leave it all behind. Socialist need to defy the Marxist monopoly that his usurped the path to a sne postcapitalism.

Source: On the Stalin Question – Cosmonaut

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
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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 “

Notes toward a critical marxism and a new path to postcapitalism

I hope to write a new summary of the issue of critical Marxism discussed here many times and some solutions there. In the process we can add a new approach to world history, and a parallel critique of Darwinism. I seriously doubt that the current Marxist left has any second chances. And yet the world needs a form of socialism or communism in hybrid with democracy. If we examine Marx’s thinking we can see a set of (fatal) mistakes. His stages of production theory says that history will move automatically beyond capitalism. That theory of history just isn’t correct and has the weakness that it labels an unknown as the stage in question. But we can see that unless you get specific a figure like Stalin can simply make up his own definition using the term. And this is what happened with Bolshevism. Ant the result is that critics have a field day with an outcome that is clearly something else but which everyone calls ‘communism’. And amazingly Marxists don’t even protest.

I think the problems with Marxist theory are easy enough to repair, but let’s hope it isn’t oo late. Our approach won’t have, let’s hope, the problem as above: we speak of and eco-socialist ‘democratic market neo-communism’. In this way you cannot call Stalin’s fiasco communism if it doesn’t also have democracy, etc… The goal requires complex specification.
This failsafe approach just might renew interest and enthusiasm about socialism, at a time when a new generation is despairing of capitalism. People will prefer to go over Niagara Falls before they embrace the now dated legacy with its reputation for Stalinist horror.

There is at first zero chance of persuading Marxists of anything. The canon of Marx is almost a form of scripture. But the realization that Marxism will block any path beyond capitalism if it doesn’t pay dues to the legacy, might finally renew trust in a new kind of social politics

As disaster looms closer, perhaps a new audience will emerge.

Continue reading “Notes toward a critical marxism and a new path to postcapitalism”

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

 Recasting obsolete Marxism in one paragraph…

Note the way we have shown that it is possible to recast the obsolete and corrupted Marxist legacy on the spot with very simple means, almost in one page. It needs more work, but the point is clear. The Marxist cadre has made the whole subject impossibly difficult, requiring domination by a new elite, and error-prone. Further, we must suspect the whole Marxist field is infiltrated by covert agencies and hidden Stalinists and has been neutralized.

Update: Note that we can construct an ecological socialism/communism without marxism, without dialectic or dialectical materialism, without Marxist historicism, without Hegel/Marx and the oppressive jargon of German philosophy, The system is not a pretense of science, but a constructive recipe open to anyone at the level of basic literacy and recognizable as a socialist variant of democracy. We don’t need Darwinism which can be simplified to an empirical history of life, and not a theory, as yet. This system doesn’t indulge a battle between idealism and materialism, who cares, and follows the trend of religion from the Reformation to the rise of secular humanism: the system would probably need to incorporate the still developing history of religion in modern times. The system might stand beyond theism and atheism and still give a boost to secular humanism. The trend of modernity is beyond the ancient monotheism, but this need be no intolerant divide, another who cares in our system

Source: Democratic market neo-communism as ecological socialism: beyond theory madness to a recipe for a new system describable in one paragraph – 1848+: The End(s) of History

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

 Embrace of the Darwin paradigm spells the end of the marxist framework…

This issue of racism in Darwin’s theory, at a time of the BLM, is going to prove fatal to the theory, and to the left if it can’t disengage from the whole fallacious scenario. Marxists are complicit in the use of a pseudo-science (at a time when better alternatives were available) to jusfity racism, colonialism, and imperialism….To say nothing of capitalist competition ideology….

There is simply no need for Darwinism to be defended by the left in the name of historical materialism. that is just idiocy. And the theory suggests that the left is really a social Darwinism gang with genocidal agendas.
We have over and over suggested the utterly simple exit strategy: the fact of evolution in deep time is very clear and empirically based, but no theory of evolution has yet to be formulated. That is the real state of affairs at the moment.
This is a test for the left….
Creating a new revolutionary/reformist framework is easy to do and we have almost a dozen books on the subject.

Flannery does some good work here but he has nixed the suspicion that Darwin stole his theory from Wallace. The evidence is muddled at first, but careful studies shows the probable truth. A recent …

Source: Racist Darwinism – 1848+: The End(s) of History