[Marxism] The Chinese Revolution (90 years ago)
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Tue Nov 17 22:52:12 MST 2009
>>“Do you mean a 'social' revolution in that it's "Socialist" or a
revolution that simply overturns the current political state from feudalistic
warlord and colonial dismemberment to a modern democratic one?” <<
None of the above.
The social revolution means revolution in the material power of productive
forces, as this compels a qualitative reorganization of society. The
industrial revolution was such, ushering in the transition from agrarian society
- feudalism, to industrial society. The industrial revolution proceeded as
a curve of development throughout the world. In 1920, the back of the
curve of this social revolution, were all the countries on earth, existing in
and or leaving feudalism. In this sense, Russia was at the back of the
curve. Not the front as Comrade David feels. It is not simply a ratio of
peasants to industrial workers, but the revolutionary transition from one mode of
production to another.
Two intersecting event drove the transition from agrarian society to
industrial society: changes in the form of wealth from land to gold or what
Engles calls movable property and revolution in the productive forces or
bluntly, the steam engine. Countries leaving feudalism defines back of the curve
of the industrial revolution.
America, England, Germany and France for instance were at the front of the
curve, not withstanding their differences and variations. Roughly what some
call combined and uneven development, I suppose.
At the front of the curve, the social revolution taking place was the
passing from successive boundaries of industrial revolution, unhampered by
feudal economic and social relations. America is the purest expression of this
process. In 1920’s America the new boundary being passed through is
generally called Fordism. In the struggle for industrial trade unionism dominated
the political agenda of the workers. This quantitative boundary gave way to
another boundary in the mid 1950’s, registered as a change in the ratio of
white collar to blue-collar workers, and the peaking of the industrial
trade union movement. The new juncture or boundary was registered as the Toyota
production system. In the late 1970s, the increasing perfection and mass
production of the semi-conductor inaugurated the beginning of a transition -
qualitative leap in the material power of the productive forces. This
signals social revolution.
The application of a new technological regime to the existing production
process halted further quantitative expansion - at the front of the curve, on
the old electro-mechanical basis. Corresponding to the emergence of this
new technological regime were changes in finance capital, registered as the
emergence of a new non-banking financial architecture, more than less
outside the production of surplus value, or what I understand to be change in
the form of wealth. From land to gold or movable property to super symbolic.
In addition changes in the form of the working class takes place expressed
as so-called de industrialization or the emergence of a dispossessed
I understand the word proletariat to be a property designation. Change in
the form of the proletariat - from industrial to post industrial, does not
change the property tag that is called “proletariat.” The overthrow of
capital is necessary to abolish the proletariat as proletariat. A change in
the productive forces changes the form of the working class.
In a period of social revolution, the political form of the state is fought
out. The fight emerging in America today is not simply a form of class
collusion and collision wherein the workers fight for a greater share of the
social products as reform of the system. One cannot change a reform fight
into a revolutionary struggle for power on the basis of slogans and correct
We are fighting today to win the workers over to the goal of a political
form of the state that reorganizes society based on a system of sovereign
birth credits or economic communism. This was not the case in the past
century. What was fought out was industrial unionism and Civil Rights. To do this
we must first be located where the struggle is breaking out and recruit
people. To recruit people we have to be involved.
That is to say the historic problem of the communist movement has been the
absence of a communist - dispossessed proletarian, class. I am two
generation auto and we were hardly dispossessed. We were the great American middle
class. We fought tooth and nail and the communists in Detroit were not run
out of the plants in the dark days of the with hunts. In the Genral Motors
plants in Flint - 20 minutes from Detroit, they ran the communists out of
the plants and out of town. We stood our ground but the movement could not
transcend a historical boundary.
Wait until I tell the real story of Reuther at the overpass and why he got
his ass kicked. There were 6,000 black workers in the Rouge steel division
that would not lift a finger for Reuther because them mutherfuckers were
not right. That is why Reuther got fucked up. Fuck Walther Reuther,
anti-communist sonabitch. John L. Lewis had to come to Detroit and speak at the
Olympia Theater and tell everyone present that anyone against the Negro workers
could leave the meeting now and go to hell.
I’m speeding but need to tell the story while there is still time. Social
revolution is the result of changes in the means of production, qualitative
changes. America was already on the industrial path. That is why we were
locked into a boundary of reform of the industrial system. It still had space
to grow. “Until all the space for its growth is used up” or whatever it
was Marx said.
The subjective movement for communism lacked the economic legs in the
past. In America we are experiencing the real time emergence of a communist
class, whose spontaneous motion is to strive to secure socially necessary
means of life, without regard to whether or not its labor power is purchased
and deployed in the process of production.
What is taking place in Detroit is off the charts, along with the rest of
the country, but the crisis hit Detroit at the front of technological
advance. When applications for jobs are passed out 30,000 people show up. When
the city announced a program to help the indigent - a month ago, 60,000
people showed up downtown. The amount of vacant houses in Detroit is the size of
the city of Boston! The city is bracing for the collapse of Chrysler. The
UAW is in collapse. Demonstrations for a single payer health care system
has swelled in the last 60 days. In August of this year such demonstrations
brought out 25 people. A handful of unionists and hard core communist. Today
these demonstrations are approaching 300 and up.
This is not a repeat of the 1930’s when the system was passing through
successive boundaries of development of the productive forces. Nor is this akin
to the late 1960s and early 1970’s when the blacks workers demanded an end
to Jim Crow and speed up.
Allow me to digress. At my last union meeting of the retirees 125 people
were present. The composition of the meeting was 65% black and 35% white. Our
local union hall is located in the “bad - eastside, of Detroit. For
Comrade David, I mean off Mack and Conners, a couple of blocks from the Jefferson
plant. It’s a new local union hall. Yea we built probably the last new
autoworkers union hall in America.
At this particular meeting the outrage of the white workers were
thundering. All over the issue of health care. No tea baggers in this meeting my
friend. This is the undiscovered country my brother. Shakespeare shit.
The retired workers outside of engagement with production are becoming a
force. This shits outside of the old shape of the social conflict and we were
prepared with our odd ball theories about new forms of classes and
revolution in the productivity regime. Eight months ago, we damn near had to fight
at Local 7 to pass out literature on a single payer health care system.
Ten months ago in Lansing Michigan - the state Capitol or rather Capital, the
Conyers, Jesse Jackson Sr., trade union bureaucrat alignment tried to
muscle our ass for screaming “single payer.”
Now the shit is going to hit the fan in 45 days when VEBA is implemented.
VEBA is “Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association” or a health plan that
the company dumped on the union. Actually, VEBA was not dumped on the
union. Gettlefinger - President of the UAW accepted this crap over the
protestations of the uppermost shelf of the union bureaucracy fighting to save its
own life. This fight was also in the interest of the union members.
Gettlefinger was elected President because the previous president, hated
the intellectuals in the UAW. This meant Steven Yockich hated Bob King. Bob
is an intellectual in the organizing department of the union and positioned
to become the new President next year. Bob King is from the Ford division.
The Ford division rejected the new contract in October - last month, and
ran Bob out of numerous local union meetings. The Ford guys and dolls are
not on the government dole. You know the story: Ford has a better idea, blah,
Chrysler workers looking at pension collapse after health care coverage
collapse and General Motors workers are still trying to figure out what
Here is the theory grid as I see it.
Previous generations of Marxist held that at a certain point in the
evolution of the proletarian insurgency, the struggle of the workers leaps
outside the bound/bond of employee- employer relations and the movement assumes
political dimensions leading to a fight against the state. Lenin wrote about
this in “What Is To Be Done” under the rubric of economist and trying to
render the economic struggle political. Marx spoke of the fight for the
eight hour day rather than simply over condition of labor.
This is not our case. The revolution of the revolution in productive forces
shoves a growing section of the proletariat outside of active engagement
with productive forces and places it in external collision with the entire
system of bourgeois production. The previous revolution in productive
forces brought the masses into social production. This new revolution pushes
Three years ago I did not think the retired workers would be hit this
hard. I do not know what I thought before things manifested themselves in the
real. Yea I have followed pension funds but thought I was good to at least
These retired workers are beginning to occupy the same or similar space
and time as the dispossessed proletariat. The retired workers have a little
money but they are dispossessed or lack an organic connection with
I’m like . . . What the fuck. I worked thirty and . . . Oh hell no. But
here I am.
Lets try and spell this out in unmistakable terms. These retired workers of
the UAW number 540,000, which is a heck of a lot more than the total
employed workforce of the former Big 3. Total employed of the old Big 3 is less
than 150,000. The Chrysler workers can demand nothing of the company, which
is in hock to the government and about to collapse. This motion is called
external collision or a direct battle with the government. When the state
steps in the struggle is again transformed into a struggle against the
It is the social consequence of the revolution in productive forces - not
the circuit of capital, which brings the proletariat at the front of the
curve to revolution. Stated another way: it is not just the crisis of
overproduction that is bringing the proletariat at the front of the curve to social
revolution. It is a new revolution in the productive forces - the
systematic implementation of a new technological regime that leads to social
revolution. This is Marx is pure form.
No one could know this before the emergence of a new technological regime.
The problem is deeper because the human eye cannot see emergence. When we
register the new social consequence this means we are at the second phase of
the process because of the problem of emergence. New social consequence
means new form of proletarian insurgence. I know this sound stupid but it is
This is not about socialism versus bourgeois democracy.
This about communism verus fascism on the left and right. FDR was a
potential fascist on the left. He actually favored left fascism.
Then there is Obama. He is the best thing to happen in America in 30 years.
Obama as President means class comes to the fore.
Sorry about the bad writing but I do this in streams of thought, while
struggling hard not to read any books.
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