Socialist con men?  refusing to specify a socialist blueprint creates a void for stalinists to fill…does the left actually have a program?

We have commented several times on this useful article (link below, and which seems influenced by our discussions here) but we should caution the implications of its discussion: the socialist left has no real program beyond a series of abstractions and the public therefore has every right, especially given the history of bolshevism, to simply reject the socialist projection as a con game for will to power types to seize control of social infrastructure and do as they please in the name of the abstract ‘ism’. This article rejects the need for a blueprint but we have suggested that the left needs a whole spectrum of blueprints: we must assure the public that we have a sound set of proposals given in detail. We can anticipate the uncertainty of the future but that is not an excuse for retreating to slogans, tidbits of marx jargon, and marx’s refusal to get specific. Continue reading “Socialist con men?  refusing to specify a socialist blueprint creates a void for stalinists to fill…does the left actually have a program?”