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

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 15:25:57 MDT 2006

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

Yes.  The Unnamable proposed that 50% of the shares be allocated to
"rural cooperative companies, with the focus on low-income sectors of
society."   :->

> 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.

That's what I think.  The very fact that cooperatives are being hotly
debated among supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela
politicizes them, which will help them make up their minds about how
to move forward, rather than retreat, at the next downturn.

That's the promise of Venezuela: a revolution that keeps politicizing
the masses, rather than depoliticizes them through the creation of an
omniscient party.

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