anticipation of demand

tgs at cunyvms1.gc.cuny.edu tgs at cunyvms1.gc.cuny.edu
Thu Nov 10 05:27:32 MST 1994


ANDREW WRITES,
Yes, I think this should be done. It is not ridiculous to map out ahead
of time what changes will be made, and what the goals of the revolution
are.

But even if we had a big bunch of books and papers on this, and had
expressed most of the ideas into popular writings which were extremely
widely read, that would not guarantee success of the revolution. A likely
cause of failure of the rev. is always political resistance and the
threat of real dictatorship. Not all the books and papers in the world
can stop such a ghastly occurence, only activism can.

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ANDREW,
IN ALL OUR STRUGGLE WITH JUSTIN AND MARKET SOCIALISM, I'M WORRIED THAT WE'RE
NOT DEVELOPING OUR OWN ALTERNATIVE.  WHAT ABOUT MY NOTION THAT DEMOCRATIC
PLANNING WOULD HAVE TO AND COULD BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE ARRAGEMENTS OF A "PARIS
COMMUNE"?  IS IT POSSIBLE TO SHARE POWER AMONG LOCAL, REGIONAL, AND NATINAL
ASSEMBLIES, HAVE THE FACTORY COUNCILS  CONSULT WITH ALL THREE, AND YET STILL
HAVE A COHERENT PLAN? CERTAINLY,IT BEATS
THE INHERENT ANARCHY OF MARKET SOCIALISM.

 CAN YOU THINK ABOUT HOW THIS WOULD WORK?  ONE PERSON
WHO TOUCHES ON IT OBLIQUELY IS LEWIS MUMFORD, IN THE CULTURE OF CITIES.
DO YOU KNOW OF ANYWHERE  ELSE?  I THINK THAT ALBERT AND HAHNEL ARE FAR TOO
INDIVIDUALISTIC, URBAN, AND MIDDLE CLASS IN THEIR THINKING, AS I THINK JUSTIN HAS
POINTED OUT, TO CREATE A WORKABLE MODEL



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