Sanders’ stance on Venezuela, with AOC in tag, is a reminder that when it comes to real socialism these two will sell a real experiment in socialism down the river and end up in the ’empire’ mode with a mouthful of ripped off jargon. What does it take to give some measure of support to a struggling socialism and denounce the imperialist crucifixion of still another south american country…This is beneath contempt…At a moment of global crisis we need more than celebrity pseudo-socialists…
Surely this pessimism is misguided: the real problem is with the lack of any real definition of ‘socialism’ on the left where the void in marxism has a set of incoherent abstractions in place of a serious strategy. The problem is visible from the start with the failed German revolution and the pseudo-communism of the Bolsheviks.
Our model of a ‘green democratic market neo-communism’ could definitely survive on its own and has a balanced structure that could interact with an international capitalism and/or create ‘socialism in one country’. Venezuela never really tried to create socialism, and they could still try: Maduro can hold out against the coup and then move toward an expropriation of the malignant capitalist sectors even as he and the Bolivarians attempt to rebalance the economy without the oil gravy train.
Our DMNC is designed to mimic a liberal society an vice versa: it can have an internal market, interact externally without letting global capital dominate…etc…The failure here is the failure of marxism..
he only way a “socialist strategy” might have worked in Latin America was if if it had been continent-wide in the same way Simon Bolivar had led. That would have required a different kind of leadership in Brazil than the Workers Party that was spineless.
We have been deliberately ambivalent toward Sanders given the way he talks about ‘socialism’ and ‘revolution’ when he has actually changed the meaning of those terms. We speak from a perspective that asks if real socialism requires a real revolution. Continue reading ” Sanders double whammy”
Time is short and the global crisis of capitalism and ecology is accelerating. And yet there is no real left in the old sense.
Socialism Is More Popular Than You Think, Mr. President – John Nichols (The Nation)Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Attack on Socialism Shows President ‘Scared’ of Popular Progressive Policies – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams) Socialism Is More Popular Than You Think, Mr. President Most surveys show Trump would lose in a matchup against a democratic socialist named Bernie Sanders. By John Nichols; Jake Johnson