[Marxism] "Before we had a boss. Now we are the bosses" - Venezuelan co-ops expand

Sayan Bhattacharyya ok.president+marxmail at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 03:08:18 MDT 2006

On 8/23/06, Jean-Christophe Helary <fusion at mx6.tiki.ne.jp> wrote:

> I think what matters now is to see  (or rather for Venezuelans to
> see) how such subsidies help creating a certain "ownership"
> consciousness, how that consciousness feeds back into creating riches
> and how the riches contribute to a general economic, social and
> sustainable empowerment.

This is precisely why mode-of-production-based analyses do not exhaust
the space of marxist analyses. By mode-of-production-based analysis,
this is not socialism (objectively). Yet, as the above comment shows,
it can possibly (subjectively) help with the fostering of an
incipiently socialist consciousness.

The mention of "feedback" above  is important also. Consciousness does
not arise mechanically from the underlying mode of production. Base
and superstructure are implicated in "feedback" loops (which can lead
to self-reinforcing virtuous cycles or vicious cycles).

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