[Marxism] How Goldman gambled on starvation & a question

Manuel Barrera mtomas3 at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 2 10:34:31 MDT 2010

> Then, through the 1990s, Goldman Sachs and others lobbied hard and the 
> regulations were abolished. Suddenly, these contracts were turned into 
> "derivatives" that could be bought and sold among traders who had 
> nothing to do with agriculture. A market in "food speculation" was born.

I am incensed yet again. I guess this is what so many (true) revolutionaries have said before; it takes a lot of pain and hardship to move people to radicalize and in the absence of an organized vanguard, it can get very frustrating. 

I just re-read Peter's (Camejo) speech "How to Make A Revolution" (http://www.socialistaction.org/revolution.htm; no endorsement of Socialist Action is implied, so, please . . . just don't). Amazing the classics, huh?

I also have a question: Much has been made on this list regarding the capitalist mode of production, imperialism and the capitalist mode of production, critiques about the nature of imperialism (I really apologize for my impatience here on that issue because, to me, it just seems like an esoteric discussion on the manifestations of the workings of a tumor or how pus courses through one's veins, when what is needed is to excise it. Sorry for the digression). I wonder if some of the more clearly involved Marxist economists and economic theoreticians on this list have ever written or discussed about how a workers and farmers government would actually plan an economy and how leaders of workers power would plan a post-capitalist or even transitional economy?

In short, how would "we" do it? What can we offer, aside a powerful dedication to the building of workers power, to the working masses that speaks from the "guts" of the working class? And, no, while it may be tempting to some and there may be "nuggets" here and there from them, this answer cannot simply be a borrowing of the Klugman's, Sach's or others of that ilk (sorry, I don't know the names of others than these aforementioned capitalist economists, which I know are popular names). 

What would we do? How would it be different, and how can such answers be sufficiently popularized for mass education?

I'll be grateful for any links, posts, or even historical references. Yes, I've read Capital and most other "classics" and, of course, it is always worth reviewing and re-reviewing, but I wonder if anyone has thought ahead to the time when workers power will actually happen and how we can presage and prepare the worker-intellectuals and vanguard revolutionists for that time?

Thank you for your consideration,



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