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The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures
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Decoding World History
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Descent of Man Revisited
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Failure of Darwinism
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Last and First Men
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Enigma of the Axial Age
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Capitalism, Communism and the Evolution of Civilization

World History and the Eonic Effect
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Kant’s Challenge Resolved
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World History and the Eonic Effect (Abridged)
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R48G: Coming of Postcapitalism

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Samkhya: Ancient and Modern
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Debriefing Gurdjieffianity
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The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures
The_Last_Revolution_Postcapitalist_ Futures_ver_x22FNL_22xa_1_22_22
Decoding World History
decoding-world-history-ed-1_6dcdx

Descent of Man Revisited
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Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5(2)
Failure of Darwinism
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Last and First Men
9780984702930-LFM_text(2)
Enigma of the Axial Age
9780984702947_txt_Enigma_of_the_Axial_Age(1)
Capitalism, Communism and the Evolution of Civilization

World History and the Eonic Effect
WHEE4thed_ final_BID_70106_march_2010(1)
Kant’s Challenge Resolved
Kants_challenge_resolved_nature’s secret_plan7xa_web
World History and the Eonic Effect (Abridged)
WHEE_abrdg_kindle_johnlandon_PDF2A (1) (1)
R48G: Coming of Postcapitalism

Crisis_of_Modernity_kindle_illust_landon
Samkhya: Ancient and Modern
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Debriefing Gurdjieffianity
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The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures
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Decoding World History
decoding-world-history-ed-1_6dcdx

Descent of Man Revisited
9780984702909_Descent_of_Man_Revisited(3)
Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5(2)
Failure of Darwinism
The_Failure_of_Darwinism_Landon_kindle_version_pdf(1)

Last and First Men
9780984702930-LFM_text(2)
Enigma of the Axial Age
9780984702947_txt_Enigma_of_the_Axial_Age(1)
Capitalism, Communism and the Evolution of Civilization

World History and the Eonic Effect
WHEE4thed_ final_BID_70106_march_2010(1)
Kant’s Challenge Resolved
Kants_challenge_resolved_nature’s secret_plan7xa_web
World History and the Eonic Effect (Abridged)
WHEE_abrdg_kindle_johnlandon_PDF2A (1) (1)
R48G: Coming of Postcapitalism

Crisis_of_Modernity_kindle_illust_landon
Samkhya: Ancient and Modern
Samkya_ancient_modern2ax(1)

Debriefing Gurdjieffianity
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The Paradox of the American Revolution | by Sean Wilentz | The New York Review of Books

I would like to read these books but they are too expensive, hardbacks are falling away from capitalist commerce these and even Kindle books are starting to appear free by the thousands at Amazon. Anyway the issue of the American revolution might benefit from comparison with the republics of Archaic Greece and in that context the birth of Athenian democracy. The birth of freedom ideologies could wait til the end of slavery, it arose in the midst of slavery and was thus imperfect, yet a first beach head for a new innovation. The resemblance to the American case is striking but we can see that the ancient example had seeded a legacy even if it confused the first rebs.

The battles over American history provoked during the latest national reckoning on race have focused heavily on the Revolution and the Civil War. As David

Source: The Paradox of the American Revolution | by Sean Wilentz | The New York Review of Books

Our Age of Uprisings: We Are a World Remaking Itself | ROAR Magazine

Amidst capitalist crises, social movements are telling new stories about what it means to be human, revealing our collective power to refuse and create.

Source: Our Age of Uprisings: We Are a World Remaking Itself | ROAR Magazine

One uprising we haven’t had is that from an older-style marxist revolutionary cadre. For some that is a relief and we see a freshness in these novel movements. The failures of Bolshevik have put the marxist legacy into limbo. And that is all to the good: but the displacement is an opportunity for a post- or neo-marxism that eschews the ‘ism’ and cult of personality of Marx in the term ‘marxism’ itself which needs to be retired.
But the vigor of reformist uprisings evokes the echo of a revolutionary movement and an associated International. The prospects for change are, beyond enthusiastic upsurges and fresh beginnings, not good, and the examination of ‘heavy duty’ style movements comes under review once again.

In the The_Last_Revolution_Postcapitalist_ Futures_ver_FNL_5xa_12_27_21, we have tried to create a new version of the early socialist upsurge which Marx for better or worse took over and tried to make systematic. But with the failure of Bolshevism that legacy has become a quagmire of confusions.
A critical Marxism, that is, a critique of Marxism, can jumpstart an upgrade of all of that and propose both a new socialism and a new International as well. The task is tricky because the blundering social constructions of socialist thinkers, often charged with utopianism, suffer, not delusions of utopia, but simple failure to think through the implications of social constructs, their origins and repair, and movements beyond themselves. The upsurge of uprisings is a foreboding as the last chance for social change rushes toward the falls, the coming climate catastrophe. At that point a revolutionary International, and serious models of a future society find their stocks rising, but their too often amateurish projections inadequate, as they too go over the falls..

We can start over with a critique of Marx/Engels, and consider how to arrive at socialist democracy whether by revolutionary or reformist means. Revolution may be the last chance, and a perilous passage. We must study the ways to do the job right.

We Can Only Go Beyond Communism …//[Yankee bourgeois democracy/capitalocracy] by Coming to Terms With Its History

We have addressed all this directly with a demand to start over on a new left, a break with its history, which is not the same as ignoring that history, and starting with a larger and looser framework of history/evolution, and a construction of explicit socialist political and economic systems, starting by ‘going beyond communism’ with a new term: neo-communism in the block four term plus term: democratic market neo-communism. This approach tries to deal with the calculation debate, allow socialist markets based on a Commons, and a fundamental inheritance of issues: expropriation of capital into a Commons, which is not the same as state capitalism. This system demands democracy but will inherit a revolutionary cadre that must have a failsafed protocol to yield power to a new government, something only the American Revolution ever achieved, however illusory the reality and later catastrophic failure in the neoliberal era.
This system is very different from the classic versions that all end in Stalinism, but it needs a failsafed transition sequence that can survive its own revolutions, and at worst a civil war. The left must study what the American Revolution alone achieved: a starting point: a middle interval: and a constitutional start, after an anti-imperial war. That is a real achievement even if the task demanded was allowed an oversimplification: the ‘laissez-faire’ of ‘democracy’ and a large continental space about which no discipline was asked. This process made life easy for itself and could acheive a transition to a new system because it was a simple tinkertoy. We must face its actual long delayed failure as surely as that of the French Revolution., not forgetting its historic struggle with slavery. The American system ended in genocide of indigenous peoples, and then the slow but steady erosion created by capitalism, and then the catastrophe of covert agencies, commercial militarism, and the hidden drug trade and general criminalization of the whole government apparatus: an easy early success and final catastrophic failure.
Cf. our The Last Revolution
Thirty years ago today, the Soviet Union collapsed. Twentieth-century communism should be understood in all its complexity, as revolution and regime, a spur to anti-colonialism and an alternative form of social democracy.

Source: We Can Only Go Beyond Communism by Coming to Terms With Its History

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Postcapitalist Futures: The Last Revolution
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Decoding World History
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Descent of Man Revisited
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Two Manifestos
Two Manifestos
Democratic Market Neo-Communism
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Failure of Darwinism
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Postcapitalist Futures: The Last Revolution
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Decoding World History
decoding-world-history-ed-1_6dcdx

Descent of Man Revisited
9780984702909_Descent_of_Man_Revisited(3)
Two Manifestos
Two Manifestos
Democratic Market Neo-Communism
Democratic_Market_Neo_Communism_ver_5(2)
Failure of Darwinism
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 DMNC: revolutionary response models: //Catastrophic Global Disorder Beckons …

Without drastic change, the current world order will almost certainly collapse into catastrophic global disorder with dir…

Source: Catastrophic Global Disorder Beckons Unless We Act Swiftly on Climate – 1848+: The End(s) of History

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This is just the kind of disintegration of culture that is a premise of The Last Revolution: Postcapitalist Futures. Revolutionary thinking is not exactly a popular subject but the point (which can just as well support reformist logic) is that we must be ready with a postcapitalist social model, and in that context, Marxism has failed to do the job. Marxists have become a cult of Marx, and have made Marx’s theories unquestioned doctrines. In fact, if we simply disregard ‘theory’ and stick with empirical methods we can easily rescue a core portion of Marx, assuming we can in fact do that in practice. We don’t need historical materialism and dialectical materialism. The whole issue of socialism suddenly simplifies without that baggage. And the need for a broad cultural foundation demands something beyond economic reductionism. But if we critique Marx we confront a monumental cult barrier syndrome.
The DMNC model is itself, beside being far superior to Marxist muddle, so elementary as to be almost a thimble’s worth of discussion. And the DMNC model needs still another set of extensions, perhaps. The whole thing is really a challenge to start thinking about how to realize social transformation. In library of bookish blather the Marxist legacy is simply sterile and can offer very little byond mumbled references to state ownership and planning.

But the crudity of the DMNC model surpasses the vacuum of the Marxist canon, which is misleading and almost obscurantist. The issue of an International, and the place of the UN require some discussion. The legal basis of a Commons beyond the fallacies of ‘state capitalism’ and a host of other legal issues such as ecological courts remain up in the air.
The book is easily extendable and the current publication software is indeed remarkable. Amazon’s Kindle Create and/or paperback, and now hardback, self-publishing have made book production a matter of minutes to hours. Despite the remaining prejudice against self-published authors, the tide has turned and it is now evident that established book production can’t handle even such a key subject as evolution in the domination of Darwinian thinking in biology and academia. A peer-reviewed book on evolution is usually not worth reading. Self-published authors are increasingly the last resort in many areas, and now the domination of Marxist cadre thinking joins the list.  The right outflanked the left on evolution and sites like Evolutionary News have produced a lot of good material on the Darwin debate, if you can remain unbamboozled by design arguments. But design arguments are here to stay and they have none of the theological implications the right tried to foist on them.

Self-publishing can obviously backfire and the floodtide of millions of bad Kindle books is visible at Amazon. Facing reality: the world of publishing on the left and in history and evolution cannot be done right in the context of peer-reviewed publishing, with obvious exceptions.
The crisis coming however could overwhelm the reasonable and cautious approach of The Last Revolution. Stalinist and fascist dictatorship could end up the gruesome choice as the capitalist elite moves to bunkers in Sweden (in fact, the north may end up too hot). The issues of a billion displaced persons are gruesome to contemplate. The revolution is already underway! and the response from the right is itself a pseudo-revolutionary farce. We need to act now, perhaps in the sense of real revolution. But there is noone to lead such a thing. Marxists? Hardly.
As we have noted many times, revolutionary intentions have always been outsmarted by history with a ‘big H’ and its creation of the real revolutionary moments, viz. the Russian and French Revolutions into which people stepped backward as the ‘revolution’ emerged spontaneously. Serendipity. In some ways, the Marxist left was indeed ready, or so it seemed, but events and especially the Civil War soon outstripped the revolutionaries in quotation marks who suffered the effects of bad theories and Marx’s refusal to be specific in advance. Nothing in the legacy warned of the danger of the Tzarist secret police turning into the Cheka. But we can see the problem now and can failsafe revolutions, produce specific models in advance.Revolutions need system analysis, operations research modes (as with the Second WorldWar), marshals and observers, mongoose prep for emerging stealth Jacobins.

Lenin had the new/old secret police as his main social construct, and the legacy of that is still the disaster we see in Russia. The left needs to remake itself, because its legacy was not Marx or Lenin but Stalin on the way to Putin. It doesn’t have to be that way.