As we survey the current onset of planetary disaster it is important to review the case for socialism (and/or our neo-communism), and this with a general audience of modernist, liberal/democratic citizens, likely at the start to be oriented to capitalist ideology. We need to try and make the case for a version of socialist democracy as the larger world system moves into chaos. Let us consider the grim reality: the Amazon basin is about to not just suffer destruction, but deliberate destruction by a sociopath (Bolsonaro) intent on what seems like spite levied on ecologists, some kind of parody of Trump, already a parody. For decades ecologists have sounded the warning, we expected something would emerge to save that resource, but it didn’t happen. The Amazon is soon gone, a catastrophe for the planetary system. We face the prospect that capitalist ideology will not prove capable of fending off the coming disaster. It is hard for the public to conceive of a socialist response, but we can predict that you are dead by the current system. Dead. Perhaps a socialist exit strategy can work. We should note that you are losing your democracy as the era of Trump in mysterious ‘stupidity and cleverness’ produced a sort of ‘faux fascist’ feint, the real thing now with an embedded disguised foundation. Trump is not the point, he came, he saw and didn’t conquer, but a hidden backup appears to lurk, for the future. Trump stupid?
In four years he created a closet fascist Republican party.
Our idea here is to take the socialist legacy critically, and to critique its source ‘Marxism’ which is a failure, but with a set of classic ideas here, and create a complete break with the past and start from scratch with a formation that can do the job right, and blend that with democracy. The dilemma of reformism and revolution is fading it seems: nature will produce the revolution as the climate system falls apart. As usual, as with the French and Russian revolutions, revolutionaries could not produce revolution, but the system itself did so. We need to have a system at ready for this foreclosing future.
The question of socialism/communism has been made impossibly difficult by theories which we can set aside and simply work with recipes, procedures of action and transition to a new system. The American Rebs could do it, and the current system can also do that, but noting that a socialist/democratic revolution, is about twice as difficult, with tricky aspects. The American Revolution had its great moment, as a revolution, but to a closer look it was ‘democracy’ prone to capture by elites. We can expect to replicate that classic moment and do it right. This approach is not utopian because its first iteration wasn’t utopian: we can realize what’s needed in a practical way.
We will stop here by considering two Manifestos, the first an echo that considers and says goodbye to the old version, and produces a simple blueprint we call ‘democratic market neo-communism’. This a blended liberal and socialists system with a host of failsafes and checks and balances. It looks like liberal democracy but with one difference: the reign of capital comes to an end with the expropriation of private property, large-scale property. Consider Exxon-Mobil. It controls (along with other like corporations) the resource of oil and has proven like Bolsonaro intent on not changing its way, come hell or high water. This system is perverted. These corporate monsters stole a resource and made it private property. In the end it is going to kill you and your future, and, like Bolsonaro, its agents don’t really care. This is really your asset or resource, stolen from you. What Marx called ‘primitive accumulation’. Expropriation is anathema to capitalists, and they will destroy the planet before they yield title. You are cheated out of what belongs to you, and the larger public, and as a result you will be dead, soon.
Our idea of democratic market neo-communism is designed to be both a liberal and socialists hybrid. It is simple, evades the ponderous theories of marxism and points to system that is another version of the American (or any other such system now existing) Revolution.
There is a lot more to say here, but the basic point is clear: constructing a democratic socialism is a rational procedure but must start fresh beyond Marx, Lenin, Stalin (whose systems weren’t socialism at all, but monstrosities by hopeless idiots). It will soon be the fate of American Yankee ingenuity to try again. If we can not be hopeless idiots we can manage a rational and in essence utterly simple lifeboat system, with or without a revolution, the latter to be nature’s version as system collapse. Americans might just be good at this and manage to create a national and then international lifeboat. The alternative will be a complicated fascist tyranny with bunkers in Sweden for a small elite as you fend for yourself in a developing anarchy.
Let me admit to some degree of arm-twisting, but I assume you are not a hopeless idiot, or part of Trump’s base. The proposal merits consolidation if the only option is that you are dead.
======== Continue reading “You are dead by capitalist deadly weapon, so how about a socialist exit strategy”