[Marxism] Kolko lashes out at "socialism"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Nov 25 16:15:33 MST 2006

There must be something in the air. Yoshie Furuhashi switches horses 
to Shiite radicalism. Tariq Ali goes to Venezuela to interview Hugo 
Chavez and concurs with the Venezuelan President's estimation that 
nothing is possible in this epoch except left social democracy. (I 
must add that this is not Chavez's view according to Michael Lebowitz 
but my concern is more with Tariq Ali than Chavez anyhow.) Now we 
have the 74 year old professor emeritus of York University and 
preeminent "revisionist" historian writing a book titled "After 
Socialism" that I suppose will lead us benighted idiots out of the 
cave into the Ideal world of economic transformation, whatever that 
might be. (Mondragon style coops? Parecon? neo-Henry Georgeism? I 
wait with bated breath.) Here's Dr. Kolko holding forth:

We can rule out the Left, that artifact of past history. Socialism 
ceased being a real option long ago, perhaps as early as 1914. Since 
I have just published an entire book, After Socialism, and detailed 
its innumerable myopias and faults, I need not say more than that it 
is no longer is a threat to anybody. The fakirs who lead the parties 
who still use "socialism" as a justification for their existence have 
only abolished defeats at the hands of the people from the price 
capitalism pays for its growing follies. That confidence- freedom 
from challenge by the unruly masses-- is very important but it is 
less and less sufficient to solve the countless remaining dilemmas. 
The system has become increasingly vulnerable, social stability 
notwithstanding, since about 1990 and the formal demise of "communism".

full: http://www.counterpunch.com/kolko11252006.html 

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