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

Jean-Christophe Helary fusion at mx6.tiki.ne.jp
Wed Aug 23 03:16:18 MDT 2006

On 23 août 06, at 18:08, Sayan Bhattacharyya wrote:

> 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).

Similarly to "privatization" schemes as envisioned in countries that  
are taboo to discuss here.

Starting a socialist mode of production is certainly not a top-bottom  
process by a few enlightened revolutionaries but must have more to do  
with the conscious instillation of new ways of doing that may be not  
socialist at all in the first place but that open doors/pave the way  
to  a socialist understanding of the processes involved.


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