[Marxism] Patrick Bond on world financial volatility
andromeda246 at hetnet.nl
Thu Dec 30 12:31:12 MST 2004
I have no crystal-ball privileges to answer this question. But the best way
to understand it, is by looking at what happens socio-politically when there
have been significant debt defaults.
>I don't think anyone would say anything other than that it would make
>possible a revival of mass-based left-wing politics.
I would say, that to infer a causal relationship between economic decline
and leftwing revival is fallacious. I think this ultraleft fallacy is both a
theoretical fallacy and an empirical fallacy.
Faced with economic dislocation, poverty and chaos, I think people orient to
what they think will lead to the return of a 'workable' system. They will
not necessarily or automatically prefer a leftwing solution over a centrist
or rightwing solution. It depends on who they see as best expressing or
representing their interests, and on who appears to be solving real
problems. It could be Larouche, Camejo, anybody.
The basic design fault with "Marxism" is I think that it claimed to know
"the" solution in advance, it claims to know the course of history in
advance, which makes all the essential learnings required impossible - the
important questions aren't even asked. Driven to a ludicrous extreme,
'Marxism' creates an optical illusion of an omnipotent Central Committee or
party directing the workingclass minions who are its footsoldiers.
In reality, there is (as Makoto Itoh implies) not 'one' way of transcending
capitalism, nor are we able to say with certainty exactly 'how' capitalism
will be transcended in a particular case. Once this basic reality is freely
admitted, then the possibility exists for a real politics, based on real
experience and utilising the personal judgements of the living, rather than
sterile prefab dogma and 'dead' authorities, whether Trotskyist, Maoist,
Stalinist or whatever. Because once we admit what we don't know, we can get
busy with whatever it takes to know it.
Rather than engaging in the futile "more revolutionary than thou" games and
innuendo putting each other down, we then become interested in helping each
other express ourselves as thinkers and doers engaged in something that is
revolutionary. We create a new politics, in which we are in the centre of
what we do ourselves, rather than being a mere cog in the 'machine of
history' whose workings and direction we can only vaguely fathom, and
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