Discussion: 11 Talking Points on Socialism

Posted by admin on May 23, 2009 under Socialism | 95 Comments to Read

Eleven Talking Points
On 21st Century Socialism

By Carl Davidson

SolidarityEconomy.net

May 1, 2009

The current discussion around socialism in left and progressive circles in the U.S. needs to be placed in a more substantive arena. This is an effort to do so. I take note in advance of the criticism that the following eleven working hypotheses are rather dry and formal. But in light of the faux ‘socialisms’ bandied about in the headlines and sound bytes of the mass media in the wake of the financial crisis, especially the absurd claim in the media of rightwing populism that the Obama administration is Marxist and socialist, I felt something a little more rigorous might be helpful. Obviously, criticism and commentary is invited.

1. Socialism’s fundamental building blocks are already present in US society. The means of production, for the most part, are fully developed and in fact are stagnating under the political domination of finance capital. The US labor force, again for the most part, is highly skilled at all levels of production, management, marketing, and finance. The kernels of socialist organization are also scattered across the landscape in cooperatives, socially organized human services, and centralized and widespread mass means of many-to-many communication and supply/demand data management. Many earlier attempts at socialism did not have these advantages.

2. Socialism is first of all a democratic political system where the interests and organizations of the working class and its allies have attained and hold the preponderance of political power and thus play the critical leading role in society. It is still a class society, but one in a protracted transition, over hundreds of years, to a future classless society where exploiting class privileges are abolished and classes and class distinctions generally wither away, both nationally and globally. So socialism will have classes for some time, including some capitalists, because it will be a mixed economy, with both public and private ownership, even as the balance shifts over time. Family farmers and small proprietors will both exist and flourish alongside cooperatives. Innovative ‘high road’ entrepreneurial privately-held firms will compete with publically-own firms, and encouraged to create new wealth within an environmentally regulated and progressively taxed system. Past efforts to build socialism have suffered from aggravated conflict between and among popular classes and lack of emphasis on building wide unity among the people.

3. Socialism at the base is a transitional economic system anchored in the social mode of production brought into being by capitalist development over several centuries. Its economic system is necessarily mixed, and makes use of markets, especially in goods and services, which are regulated, especially regarding the environment. But capital markets and wage-labor markets can be sharply restricted and even abolished in due time. Markets are a function of scarcity, and all economies of any scale in a time of scarcity have them, even if they are disguised as ‘black’ or ‘tiered’ markets. In addition to regulated markets, socialism will also feature planning, especially on the macro level of infrastructure development, in investment of public assets and funds, and other arenas where markets have failed. Planning will especially be required to face the challenges of uneven development and harsh inequalities on a global scale, as well as the challenge of moving from a carbon and uranium based energy system to one based on renewable green energy sources. The socialisms of the last century fell or stagnated due to failure to develop the proper interplay between plans and markets.

4. Socialism will be anchored in public and worker ownership of the main productive forces and natural resources. This can be achieved by various means: a) buying out major failing corporations at penny stock status, then leasing them back to the unions and having the workers in each firm—one worker, one vote—run them, b) workers directly taking ownership and control over failed and abandoned factories, c) eminent domain seizures of resources and factories, with compensation, otherwise required for the public good, and d) public funding for startups of worker-owned cooperative businesses. Socialism will also require public ownership of most finance capital institutions, including bringing the Federal Reserve under the Treasury Department and federal ownership. Lease payments from publically owned firms will go into a public investment fund, which will in turn lend money to community and worker owned banks and credit unions. A stock market will still exist for remaining publically traded firms and investments abroad, but will be strictly controlled. A stock transfer tax will be implemented. Gambling in derivatives will be outlawed. Fair trade agreements with other countries will be on a bilateral basis for mutual benefit.

5. Socialism will require democracy in the workplace of public firms and encourage it in all places of work. Workers have the right to independent unions to protect their social and daily interests, in addition to their rights as worker-owners in the governance of their firms. In addition to direct democracy at the plant level, the organizations of the working class also participate in the wider public planning process and thus democratically shape the direction of ongoing development on the macro level as well. Under socialism the government will also serve as the employer-of-last-resort. Minimum living-wage jobs will be provided for all who want to work. Socialism is committed to genuine full employment. Every citizen will have a genuine right to work.

6. Socialism will largely be gained by the working class and it allies winning the battle for democracy in politics and civil society at large, especially taking down the structures and backward laws of class, gender and racial privilege. Women have equal rights with men, and minority nationalities have equal rights with the majority. It also defends equal rights and self-determination among all nations across the globe; no nation can itself be fully free when it oppresses another. Socialism will encourage public citizenship and mass participation at every level, with open information systems, public education and transparency in its procedures. It will need a true multiparty system, with fusion voting, proportional representation and instant runoff. Given the size and diversity of our country, it is highly unlikely that any single party could adequately represent all popular interests; working class and progressive organizations will need to form common fronts. All trends are guaranteed the right to speak, organize, petition and stand for election. With public financing as an option, socialism can restrict the role of wealth in elections, moving away from a system, in effect, of “one dollar, one vote” and toward a system more reflective of “one person, one vote.” These are the structural measures that can allow the majority of the people, especially the working class and its allies, to secure the political leadership of government and instruments of the state by democratic means, unless these are sabotaged by reaction. Some socialisms of the past used only limited formal democracy or simply used administrative means to implement goals, with the failure of both the goals and the overall projects. Americans are not likely to be interested in systems with elections where only one party runs and no one can lose.

7. Socialism will be a state power, specifically a democratic political order with a representative government. But the government and state components of the current order, corrupted with the thousand threads connecting it to old ruling class, will have to be broken up and replaced with new ones that are transparent, honest and serve the majority of the people. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights can still be the initial basic organizing principle for a socialist government and state. The democratic rights it has gained over the years will be protected and enhanced. Government will also be needed to organize and finance the social development benefitting the people and the environment already mentioned; but the state power behind the law will be required to compel the honest use of resources and to protect people from criminal elements, individual and organized. Forces who try to overturn and reverse the new socialist government illegally and in violation of the Constitution will not be able to do so; they will be broken up and brought to justice. Our society will need a state power for some time to come, even as its form changes. Still, government power has limits; under socialism sovereignty resides in the people themselves, and the powers of any government are necessarily restricted and subordinate to the universal and natural rights of all humankind. Attempts to ignore or reject these principles have severely harmed socialist governments and movements in the past.

8. Socialism will be a society in harmony with the natural environment, understanding that all economies are subsets of the eco-system and ignore it at their peril. In its economics, there are no such things as “externalities” to be pushed off downstream or to future generations. The nature of pending planetary disasters necessitates a high level of planning. We need to redesign communities, promote healthier foods, and rebuild sustainable agriculture—all on a global scale with high design, but on a human scale with mass participation of communities in diverse localities. Socialism will treasure and preserve the diversity of nature’s bounty and end the practice of genetic modification to control the human food supply. We need growth, but intelligent growth in quality and wider knowledge with a lighter environmental footprint. A socialism that simply reproduces the wasteful expansion of an earlier capitalism creates more problems than it solves.

9. Socialism values equality, and will be a society of far greater equality of opportunity, and far less economic inequality. In addition to equal rights before the law, all citizens and residents will have equitable access to a “universal toolbox” of paid-up free public education for all who want to learn, for as far as they want and are able to go; universal public pre-school care; a minimum income, as a social wage, for all who create value, whether in a workplace or otherwise; our notions of socially useful work, activity that creates value, has to be expanded beyond market definitions. Parents raising children, students learning skills, elders educating and passing traditions to younger generations–all these create value that society can in turn reward. Universal single-payer health care with retirement benefits at the level of a living wage is critical to start. Since everyone has access to employment, the existing welfare system can be abolished; individuals will be free to choose the career path and level of income targets they desire, or not. There are no handouts for those able to work, but there are also no irrational barriers to achievement.

10. Socialism is a society where religion can be freely practiced, or not, and no religion is given any special advantages over any other. Religious freedom remains a fundamental tenant of socialism, but naturally neither its practitioners nor anyone else can deny anyone the benefits and protection of civil and criminal law, especially to women and children.

11. Socialism will require an institution of armed forces. Their mission will be to defend the people and secure their interests against any enemies and help in times of natural disasters. It will not be their task to expand markets abroad and defend the property abroad of the exploiting classes. Soldiers will be allowed to organize and petition for the redress of grievances. Armed forces also include local police, under community control, as well as a greatly reduced prison system, based on the principle of restorative justice, and mainly for the protection of society from individuals inflicted with violent pathologies and criminal practices. Non-violent conflict resolution and community-based rehabilitation will be encouraged, but the need for some coercive means will remain for some time.

[Carl Davidson is webmaster for SolidarityEconomy.net, a national committee member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and a coordinating committee member of the US Solidarity Economy Network. Together with Jerry Harris, he is author of 'Cyber-Radicalism: A New Left for a Global Age, available at http://stores.lulu.com/changemaker If you like this article, go to 'Keep On Keepin' On at http://carldavidson.blogspot.com and make use of the PayPal button. Email him at carld717@gmail.com ]

  • Matt Helme said,

    The introduction of Market’s in a Socialist Economy has always lead to the destruction of Socialism. China belongs to the millionaires and billionaires and Vietnam is headed that way, if they are not their already. And did Market Reforms help the USSR? What about what Marx said about the exploitative nature of market’s, is that no longer valid? We need Socialism, Public ownership, Democratic control and economic development in the context of National planning. A lot of folks talk about the USSR being phony Socialism, then the present a plan that does not do away with labor exploitation, but write articles and books that make it seem o.k. . Let’s get back to Marx please.

  • admin said,

    We need to divide markets into three–capital, labor and goods and services. The first two can be severely resisted or even abolished, via public ownership of banks and worker ownership or leaseholds on their factories. The latter, goods and services, is best left to operate but with regulation.

    Markets in goods and service are a function of scarcity, and persist whether the economy is capitalist or socialist, planned or unplanned. They will emerge as black markets or elite tiered, as they have in 20th century socialisms. Best to have them out in the open.

    Market decisions are made in parallel, while plan decisions are made in serial. Plans often work better on the macro level, but the markets are better on the micro.

    Back to Marx is a good idea. It’s what I’m arguing here.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Market’s mean alienation, and that’s what Marx argued against,when you have a Market in Good’s and services that’s what you get. When you talk about Socialist Planning you can’t speak about a Market, that would imply buying and selling at a profit, Marx advocated Socialist Planning in order to produce use value and not exchange value(not a market idea).You had a huge black market in the USSR, that had to do with decisions they made and we can’t use that as a reason to throw away Marx. As far as restricting Market’s, should we play the role of referee in the game of labor exploitation? That’s Marx too you? By the way, the ideas you advocate were tried in Eastern Europe and made a bad situation worse.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://www.nyu.edu/projects/ollman/docs/market_mystification.php . Market Socialism is really
    Social Capitalism.

  • admin said,

    Socialism is a transitional society between a class society and a classless one. It takes a while to traverse it.

    Planning had its failures in Eastern Europe, too, as I’m sure you’re aware.

    But the model I’m focused on at the moment, the Mondragon Coops, are doing quite well.

  • admin said,

    I suppose. But then, in MCC at least, when each worker, as associated producers, each owning one equal share which cannot be sold to anyone but a new incoming worker, is thus his own capitalist, who has he alienated his alienated labor to? Within MCC, for instance, wage-labor is abolished. The worker-owner gets a check each month that’s a draw against his cut of the annual profit. There is no other group taking the profits, other than the fact that they pay their taxes. In any case, socialism, by definition, is a mixed economy. What matters is the direction.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Has the Market helped Socialism in China? It’s helped some get rich and most become poor.You seem to want a collective capitalist system, not a socialist one. Do we want to lay off workers because they can’t maximize profits for the company? What kind of Socialism is that, and why would i want it? Under market conditions, workers will have to act in the same way as Bill Gates and the Microsoft board has to, because they have to in order to survive( sorry grandpa, no more pension). As far as buying and selling shares of labor, you have not abolished the conditions that exist under Capitalism,that would require the abolition of buying and selling. You say let’s get back to Marx, but you missed the point, that is not to make a worker a Capitalist, but to abolish Capitalism.As far as the check you receive at the end of the month, that would represent a wage, if you have profit’s you have wages, the two can’t exist without the other, so the MCC can’t abolish the wage system, it needs the maintenance of it.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/ch01.htm

  • admin said,

    China’s socialist market economy has lifted more human beings out of dire poverty, on the scale of millions, in a shorter time than anything else in history. It has turned China from a majority peasant country into a majority working class country. It also suffers, as you note, from great inequality, corruption and fierce upsurges in class struggles. But even its harshest critics acknowledge that the general conditions of the Chinese people have improved from the time of Mao. Private capital exists and thrives in China, alongside state-owned and cooperatively-owned firms–but every institution in China, public or private, is guided by the CCP, openly or otherwise.

    As for MCC, you simply need to study it more. When a small producer takes revenue from his profits to live on, he is not therefore ‘wage-labor.’ Otherwise every owners getting a share of profits would be wage-earners. And the fact that the MCC worker-owners do it cooperatively, as associated producers, doesn’t change matters. MCC has no class taking the surplus value it generates other than the worker-owners themselves. Some they keep personally, the rest they turn back into the growth and maintenance of their enterprises, bringing more worker-owners into the fold. And they elected their own managers.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Can you have wages without profit,profit without wages? No, that’s Marxist threory of surplus value. China’s “State Owned” firms are public in the same respect that Wal-Mart is,shares are offered for sale to the public, but not owned by the public, a capitalist enterprise, not the Socialist ideal. As far as China lifting millions out of poverty, ya, that poorly built housing,transportation lack of job security, i’m sure the ones who were not killed by poison milk go to bed every night thanking the Government.I have studied the MCC program, and still don’t like capitalism.

  • admin said,

    To your first question, of course you can. The slaves in the U.S. produced surplus value for their owners, and never received a wage. Second, as a small producer in my own computer repair firm, I took a portion of my profits, but never paid myself a wage. That line on my 1040 long form was always zero. Third, MCC worker-owners get a check for 1/12 of the estimated annual net profit each month, and it’s adjusted up or down at the end of the year depending on the actual net profit. Just as with my small shop, there is no ‘wages’ line on the expense column their coops, save for their 90-day trial period new hires, which a never more than 10 percent.

    Poison milk was the least of China’s pollution problems. There are far worse. But believe me, every firm, public or private in China, is controlled by the CCP, and many are owned directly by the CCP..

    It’s not a matter of ‘liking’ capitalism. I want to make the transition to a classless society, including the abolition of the working class. But it’s going to take a transitional class society with a mixed economy to get there. You can’t bring it into being simply by decree, here or anywhere else.

  • Matt Helme said,

    We are talking about a capitalist economy, not a feudal one, so you would have a point, if we were talking about a feudal one. Most firm’s owned by CCP members? Because they are the capitalists who have money to buy majority shares in them. These are the same “Communists” who lay off workers who can’t maximize profit? Kick peasants off the land to make room for the latest American company to go to China? As for the wage issue, you have to consider form and content. http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1875/gotha/ch01.htm. Read thru this. If i sell my labor to the Collective Capitalist, why should it make a difference?

  • Matt Helme said,

    As far as your first point, we were talking of a capitalist economy, not a feudal one. As to you second point, content and form matter, and why would it make a difference if i sell my labor to a collective capitalist? On China, Sure, the CPC own’s and Control every firm in China, they are the capitalist who have the money to buy shares in them.

  • Matt Helme said,

    I was talking about a capitalist economy, not a feudal one.As far as firm’s owned by the CPC, ya, they are the capitalists who have the money to buy shares in them. As far as you comment on Co-Op’s, form and content remain the same as under capitalism, why would it make a difference if I sell my labor to the collective capitalist?

  • admin said,

    First, slavery in the US South was not feudal. It produced cotton as a commodity for world markets.

    Second, the CCP didn’t ‘buy shares’ in the firms they own outright; they simply took them over. As for the US firms in China, in many the Chinese government or Chinese individuals own half the shares, or more. And even if they don’t, there’s a CCP cell in every one of them that has to approve everything.

    The form and content of coops are not the same as capitalist firms. The have one foot in the future, a point made by Marx himself on the topic.

    You can draw as sharp a line as you like between capitalism and communism, or even socialism. You still have the problem of developing productive forces and mass culture in making the practical transition, which is going to be mixed in real life. Cuba, thank goodness, is finding that out now and making some good moves.

  • Matt Helme said,

    What did the serf produce for the landlord?Something that could not be sold on the market? Secondly, the the CPC members do buy shares, because that’s how present day Chinese firm’s are structured( State owned or not). A company is listed on the stock exchange and you buy’s shares, the old way of having the Government subsidies Industry in China is long past.I believe a mixed economy is a good idea, as long as Non-State,Non-Profit organizations exist along with the State structure. As far as Cuba is concerned, i don’t think allowing people to buy and sell Real Estate,or car’s is such a great idea.

  • admin said,

    First in feudal society, most production was not for markets. The serf belonged to the lord’s land, and the lord was obligated to feed him. Most consumption was within the manor. The town-dwelling bourgeoisie and markets grew around the edges on the feudal order, and in conflict with its restrictions. All that is ABC

    The was no feudal order in the US South. The plantation owners, using slave labor, produced commodities and sold them in a global market, as well as turning a profit in selling slaves to each other in the slave markets. They were slave capitalists sharply contending with manufacturing capital based on wage-labor and small producing capital as freeholding farmers

    Firms are owned and controlled in a variety of ways in China. The bulk are state-owned. Some are joint ventures with foreigners and joint-stock companies among Chinese. Some are held without stock shares by families or individuals. Some are held as worker-owned or town-owned cooperatives. And some are simply held by the CCP, without any stock being issued.

    It’s a big and diverse country, with a ‘socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics.’ The latter phrase, ‘with Chinese characteristics,’ in large part means every institution, private, public or otherwise, is under the firm control of the CCP. I wouldn’t try to reproduce such a thing here. It wouldn’t work in U.S. conditions. We like to keep our parties and government separate, and limit the powers of both. But the Chinese will do things their way in their country.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Yes, the bulk are State owned, with shares brought and sold on the market to people who can buy them.
    Some are Joint stock companies, owned by rich folks in China and foreign countries.The rest,they really don’t make much of an impact.Some people see slavery as modified serfdom, and no your opinion is not ABC. Most people agree feudalism took on different characteristics around the world. Sure, in feudal society some production was not done for the market,but some was. And landlords in feudal Europe did produce commodities for the word market using slave labor. world trade was not invented by capitalism, but enhanced by it.The seed of capitalism ( commodity production) can be found in feudal Europe.

  • admin said,

    You are indirectly making my point, Matt. Markets preceded capitalism, and are likely to be around for a while aftr capitalism under socialism, top. Markets are a function of scarcity. We can divide them into three–abolishing and restricting market in labor and capital, while regulating markets in goods and services. And we can do it in various ways according to a country’s history and level of development. But to ‘outlaw’ markets simply means they will emerge as tiered or black markets. Better to make use of them in the transition period.

  • Matt Helme said,

    So Marx doesn’t matter anymore?You only have capitalism in a modified form. This discussion is just winding up where it began.And what about giving rich folks ownership of companies in China? And who cares if the have a CPC card?

  • admin said,

    Marx matters a great deal. I am a Marxist–in fact, a rather orthodox one. But I read him carefully, and try to think through what he might do it today’s world.

    First, according to Marx, we make our own history–but not just as we chose. That means the working class, on taking political power, has to continue to develop the productive forces. If a vast majority of you country are poor peasants, you aren’t going to have much socialism. You need a working class and socialized production first. You’ll need an NEP for a good period.

    Second, Marx wants us to move to a classless society, including one without workers as well. That means we want the working day to shrink toward zero, and the amount of living labor in any given commodity to approach zer. We can do that with workers power plus fully cybernated and automated productive forces and a high level of intellectual culture and green economies of abundance– in quality, not necessarily quantity. Communism, when we get there, will have a light ecological footprint.

    In fact, there’s nothing in my 11 points that isn’t Marxist, or goes against Marxism

  • Matt Helme said,

    How do you do this by perpetuating market relationships? You can’t, that’s fundamental Marx.Go back to the Communist Manifesto and let me know how the market factor’s into the Socialist future.Go back to any work of Marx and let me know his opinion of the Market.The NEP built the working class?It did a modest job. It was the Policy of Collectivization and Industrialization that built the working class in the USSR.

  • admin said,

    Indeed, read the Manifesto. How else are the means of production grown and socialized save through market forces? The working class in power doesn’t have to do it the same way as the capitalists did, but it does have to create and build up socialized production where there is now mainly peasant small producers. And making that transformation is exactly where the Soviet Union failed when it rejected Bukharin’s protracted NEP and killed him. It took a war and a few more decades, but the rot had already set in. After a detour through the ultraleft cultural revolution, China is nowtrying another path; whether it will succeed remains to be seen. Same with Cuba and Vietnam.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Yes, in the Manifesto they did notice the Revolutionary role of Capitalism. They also saw the need to overthrow it.As far as the NEP is concerned, if you see the long term maintenance of Capitalism a good thing, I’ll have to disagree.You can’t undermine the market by perpetuating the Market.

  • admin said,

    You undermine the labor market by turning workers into worker-owners; you undermine capital markets with public/state banks funded by a capita assets tax and by worker-owned credit unions that are also owned by worker-owned firms as second-degree coops. The coop firms can then get credit at close to zero interest. As for goods and services, you increase productivity until the amount of living labor per commodity approaches zero. The market then tends to wither away. Think Open source software. Read David Schweickart’s ‘After Capitalism’ for the detailed argument–and how it’s also consistent with Marx. Google Jossa, Marx and Coops to get a condensed summary of Marx’s view of the upside and the downside of worker owned coops. Read ‘CyberRadicalism’ by myself and Jerry Harris for the combination of Marx and cybernetics at http://stores.lulu.com/changemaker

  • Matt Helme said,

    People acting in the market will have to behave accordingly. Sorry Charlie, no more job for you. Sorry grandma, no more pension.

  • admin said,

    No, we are not ‘free market fundamentalists’ We know markets often fail. The beginning over economic wisdom is understanding that there are not such things as fully free markets or fully planned economies. That’s why we have Social Security and Medicare, and why government is the employer of last resort, under either capitalism or socialism–under the former, we have yet to win it.

    Intelligent government combines macro planning with micro markets, and a socialism government does it in the overall interest of the worker class, with their representatives in charge.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Even in a modified market you will have the jobless,homeless, and the sick who can’t obtain proper care. You see this in China and Vietnam.Why? because, people who operate in a market economy have to act that way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HfWRKP4d-4&playnext=1&list=PL75AFBA8C9E31860C . You want the market to allocate goods and services? O.K., but that’s bad new for working and poor folks.

  • Matt Helme said,

    You assume if someone get’s laid off the market has failed?No, that’s the way it is supposed to function.

  • admin said,

    Any system is going to have people falling through the cracks, especially one encompassing of fourth of humanity, Cubans have suffered under a system of ration coupons for all that allowed everyone something, but precious little variety. Finally, they are allowing small urban markets in fruits and vegetables from farmers and other small producers to supplement them. The are quite popular, and make an important difference in the quality of life. And if anyone make ‘too much’ money in these markets, that’s what taxes are for, even under socialism. Socialism is a class society–workers, capitalists, peasants and other small producers. But a different class is in charge and shaping the direction. Rather than simply reject what’s happening in Cuba and Vietnam, I suggest you study it more, specially in the light of failed or poor alternatives.

  • admin said,

    Layoffs at one firm are a function of the market there, but massive persistent and structural unemployment is market failure. It to be countered with a safety net and government as employer of last resort.

    In the MCC coops, only the 90-day new hires can be fired. Worker-owners cannot. If one coops orders are too low, some of their workers will be shift to one of the other 120 coops in the network where order are high. Or they spend more of their time on schooling and improving plant and equipment. If a coop falls to provide all the worker-owners a livable standard of living, it is dissolved and a new one with a new product line is formed to replace it–although this has had to happen only a handful of times over 50 years.

    MCC on the micro level is an excellent example of how socialism can work well on a macro level. It doesn’t answer every question for a 21st century socialism, but its one piece of the puzzle. See my new book, ‘New Paths to Socialism,’ on the topic.

  • Matt Helme said,

    I see this argument going in a circle, and I’m kinda dizzy Let’s agree to disagree, move on.

  • admin said,

    Fine by me. Maybe others will join it

  • Matt Helme said,

    You still have one problem, people who won’t be able to find work because the market won’t allow it.New Dealism for the 21st century won’t do.

  • admin said,

    Why not WPA 2.0? Anyone who can’t find a job now or under socialism, goes to the county office, signs in, and is given one, assigned to the appropriate union, and starts at a living age with health care. It’s not like there’s now useful work to be done, even if markets are ignoring them

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://socialismoryourmoneyback.blogspot.com/2011/06/co-opting-co-ops.html . The New Deal was good, but not good enought.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1880/soc-utop/index.htm

  • admin said,

    Good booklet–but if MCC is ‘unscientific’, how come its still growing and thriving after 50 years? Meanwhile, a number of ‘scientific’ socialisms have bit the dust. Did you read Bruno’s summary of Marx’s quotes on coops?

  • Matt Helme said,

    The myth of Christianity is still growing and thriving,after more than 2000 years.”Scientific” Socialism’s bit the dust? One step Forward, two step’s back. Marxism is still correct. Has his critique of the Market outdated?

  • admin said,

    Religion grows because it meets needs among people–rites of passage, dealing with mortality, the need for communities of meaning–that science does not, nor should it try. Science is not about matters of faith and such. Marx’s critique of capital is certainly not outdated; it’s more relevant than ever. But of the entire bookshelves the man wrote, you’ll find only a few inches of space for any prescription for the post-capitalist transitional society and the classless society to come, and the role of markets, in whatever way, in getting there. Emancipate your mind and seek truth from facts on the matter. As noted, I recommend Schweickart’s Marxist work on the ‘successor systems,’ ‘After Capitalism’.

  • Matt Helme said,

    If Marx if relevant, why do you chose to ignore him? Please don’t say your an orthodox Marxist, i’m on to you already. He and Engels always assumed a Socialist Society would be a post market one, and I’ve provided links to show it. Here is one more http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/ . As far as Schweickart, i’m not interested in phony Socialism. http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm , here is one more.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Scientific Socialism “bit the dust”. So Marx doesn’t matter anymore.

  • admin said,

    They also projected that it would be without classes as well, including without a working class. The question is about the transition period from one to the other. They said very little about how long it would be and what it would consist of. As for ‘phony’ socialism, that just a turn to metaphysics on your part, since the ‘real’ one is not with us. Not critiquing Schweickart is your business, but he’s a major figure in Marxism and historical materialism today. Ignoring him is just being lazy. Marxism is a living science, and an art as well. Not everything is in the classics.

  • admin said,

    First of all, science, including the Marxist science of society, never bites the dust. It self-corrects and grows, replacing ignorance with knowledge. Several systems in several countries claiming the label have ‘bit the dust,’ as is well known. That’s a good warning not to get too pompous.

    Second, Marx continues to matter a great deal, even if some dogmas with his name attached pass away.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Socialism bit the dust, your words, not mine.It self corrects and grows?Yes, but why should if grow away from Socialism? What you call dogma, is in fact Socialism. Marx talked about Socialism as a transition from Capitalism and to Communism, where the market would be progressively wiped out. As far as Schweickart, Marx and Engels provided a fine critique of Bourgeois Socialists.

  • admin said,

    Certain socialisms did bite the dust; but not all of them. I was referring to the Soviet and East European bloc, plus Albania, which all called themselves ‘scientific’, among other things.

    Marx indeed discusses socialism as the transition to a classless and marketless society, communism. So do I and Schweickart. But during the transitions that have risen and will arise, markets and a variety of classes persist for a while in varying degrees, depending on circumstances. Marx, Schweickart and I would also agree to that. The devil, however, is in the details, which Marx did not have all that much to spell out, largely of necessity. There was no practice on the matter to sum up, save the brief period of the Paris Commune.

    I think your effort to appoint yourself the ‘true’ socialist or Marxist, while others in this debate are phony, is just silly and lazy on your part. There’s a good deal to debate, and many questions are open and not settled among Marxists–but only if you want to engage them.

  • Matt Helme said,

    I make no effort to appoint myself the true Socialist. I’ve provided many examples from the works of Marx, Engels and others that counter what you and Schweickart have to say, so how is that lazy?During the transition the market must be overcome, that’s very clear.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Socialist Economic development would take place under the control of a Democratic Institution, not the Market.

  • admin said,

    Of course. But how? All at once? Step by step? Schweickart suggests starting by dividing markets into three–capital, labor and goods and services. He proposes largely eliminating the first two early on, while regulating the latter for a longer period. In a largely peasant small producer country will minimal socialized productive forces, it may look different, more like the NEP. On the micro scale, in MCC wage labor is already largely eliminated in 120 coops, and neither are they fully subject to capital markets within their own network, since they own their own bank. The transition period, by definition, is one where you have both elements of the past and some of the future. What matters is who rules and what direction.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Marx assumed a Democratic Institution would run a Socialist economy, not the market.

  • admin said,

    Marx is correct. Schweickart and I also want the economy managed by ‘democratic institutions’, ie, a worker’s state with a central assets fund, which is fed funds by leasehold payments of worker-owned firms, and then redeployed downward, with needed adjustments, to local public banks, whose boards are elected. The public banks fund new projects shaped by the local communities concerned. The managers of the worker-owned firms are likewise to be elected by the workers concerned, largely from their own ranks. This allows for macro planning projects–new infrastructure and such–and severely restricts, if not abolishes in most cases, markets in capital and labor. The same governing bodies also regulate markets in goods and services. Society then proceeds toward full automation and cybernation, wherein the working day shrinks and the amount of living labor in any given commodity approaches zero. As the productive forces reach those capacities, in a mode of abundance (in quality, not necessarily in quantity), markets, states and clsses can ‘wither away’.

  • Matt Helme said,

    But a Market is not a Democratic Institution.The point is not to regulate market’s, but to use the power of the state to abolish them.Institutions that operate in the market will have to act that way, let’s never forget that.In China, they have not abolished Capital and Labor Markets, the role of those two markets have only grown stronger since 1978. Some may see that as good, but not those who need a job, house, health care and an education.Your idea seems good, but the workings of the market will only destroy any good inherant in it.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://monthlyreview.org/press/books/pb1234/

  • admin said,

    Actually, markets are relatively democratic, compared to pillage and theft, which they replaced in the longer arc of history. But in today’s context, no one here is claiming they are. First of all, there is no such thing as ‘The Market’. There are markets, and they are both creative and destructive (Schumpeter). Second, markets are not in charge here; they simply operate; andwe are subordinating and regulating markets by ‘democratic institutions’. That’s what regulations do. We make use of markets not because they are democratic, but because they are dynamic and efficient means, in many conditions, of developing productive forces and enhancing means of distribution. They are functions of scarcity; in economies of abundance, they can wither away.

  • Matt Helme said,

    O.K., New Dealism, but where is the Socialism? If, in your view, market’s are not in charge, they soon will be.Early cooperative experiments in America failed for a similar reason. They were going to beat the market, but the market beat them. You also assume market’s will not subvert the Democratic process, but they always have.

  • admin said,

    I’m not against some ‘New Dealism’ as immediate reforms, but this is not New Dealism. This is about a government with the working class and its allies in charge, from top to bottom, and a widespread system of worker-owned and controlled firms and networks of firms. Markets are not all-powerful. When a different class in charge and in ownership, labor is sovereign and capital and any related markets are subordinate. There is class struggle, to be sure, and it is always possible to lose battles, even wars. But there is nothing automatic or inevitable about it.

    The early coops failed precisely because they were both utopian and because the more successful ones allowed non-workers to buy and own shares. MCC has corrected that weakness, with its one worker, one share, one vote policy, where a worker may ‘cash out’ on retiring, but his or her share may not be sold to anyone but an incoming new worker-owner. Hence labor remain sovereign in the firm. Finally, markets do do subvert, people do, particularly people who do not work for a living. They will certainly try to subvert, and they will use more than markets. but that’s why we call the Marx’s ‘democratic institution’ the dictatorship of the proletariat. We can wage struggle, too, bloc their schemes and win.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Ya, China’s “Market Socialism” was about workers and it’s allies in charge. But know it’s about bankers and businessmen in charge. Early Socialist communities in America failed, because they could not prosper in a market driven society.Just because you refuse to except that, does not mean it isn’t true. You could argue it was rather Utopian for them to think otherwise.

  • admin said,

    Don’t kid yourself. What’s in charge in China is the CCP, and with an iron hand. It has millions of members, one out of every 12 people, and is highly organized and rather disciplined–even with 5 or 6 major groupings with contending policies. If you want to make serious comments about China, you’d do well to study them, as well as Deng Xiaoping’s Marxist writings, which are quite good. That’s not to say it doesn’t have major problems, especially corruption and nepotism, and class struggle is surging there as well. But all simplistic reductionist views of China, IMHO. are wrong

  • Matt Helme said,

    I’m not kidding myself, the CPC opened the gates to capitalist element’s years ago. Even before that formal decision was made, the bankers and businessmen were in charge. No wonder Mao called Deng a capitalist roader.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://www.nyu.edu/projects/ollman/docs/china_speech2.php

  • admin said,

    Yes, indeed there are a few, a relative handful, and not even at the key and highest levels. But if you think this small group of capitalists and bankers are ‘in charge’ of the CCP, rather than the other way around, you know little about China. That still leaves open the questions of the contending policies of the groupings that are really in charge and reflected in the Politburo and the Central Military Commission. The question of who was the better Marxist, Mao or Deng, is also an interesting question. I think Mao was before 1949, but I think Deng and Chou En-Lai come out better later on. But this requires a deeper discussion than your polemical tidbits here.

    In any case, the Chinese will work things out in China. We have the task of figuring out a path forward in the USA, which is bound to be different.. That’s my main concern in this discussion.

  • Matt Helme said,

    You were not even familiar with the structure of Chinese “State” enterprises, so to claim i know little about China, because i contradict your view, is a stretch.Indeed, there are a few, a relative handful, just like in America. And the CPC said, o.k. guy’s,come on in. You think the workers are in charge? Ya, I’m sure they would chose to evict themselves from the land they live and work on, just to make room for another Wal-mart! I’m sure the workers would choose to throw themselves on the un-employment line,and without access to education and health care.So who is in charge? Yes, China has problems, and the market is the reason.

    http://politicaleconomy.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=26 . If you wanna know who is in charge, follow the link.

  • admin said,

    I’m familiar enough with China, having visited there three times, to know whatever the official structure, no institution in China operates without the guiding hand of the CCP, whether open or closed to public view, Read ‘The Party’ by McGregor–you’ll find that view confirmed, as well as many more stories about corruption and nepotism. And almost all observers agree, save for hardline Maoists, that the use of market mechanisms in growing the production forces and eliminating poverty for millions, has solved more problems than created. The class struggle there, of course, continues, and I’m generally on the side of the workers insurgencies.

    In any case, our main problem in how to find the bridges and paths to socialism in our country, which I expect will be rather different from China’s. Market forces and technology have reduced farmers and farm workers to less than three percent. We haven’t had an economy with a majority population of rural small producers since prior to 1900.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Yes, the CPC is in charge. If you had followed the link i provided in my post above, you would know why that bothers me. The bankers and businessmen are in command.You can’t ignore the explosive growth in capitalism over the decades.And most would agress, that the market has thrown millions in to poverty and has created hugh inequity.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Let’s remember who was in charge in the old USSR! Having a party pretending to be Communist,while at the same time tearing up the roots of Socialism, does no comfort me.

  • admin said,

    Bankers and businessmen IN CHARGE of the CCP, rather than a few members in important posts, is an assertion, not an argument. If you want to make the argument, do so. But it won’t be an easy task, if you can do it at all.

    Yes, China’s economy has ‘exploded’ across the board at 10 percent every year for decades, more than anywhere else ever. In has indeed caused great inequality and corruption, only some of which is punished. But far from throwing people into poverty, overall the reverse is true. China was already dirt poor and chaotic before the reforms; now millions have been lifted up and out of poverty, and for the first time, the working class is now more than 50% of the population. As a Marxist, you should appreciate the importance of that fact, and wages have also been rising, albeit slowly.

    But why this shift to China? If you want to debate me, the main model I put forward in MCC which, although much smaller, is far more relevant to our conditions here.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Why the shift to China?Well, you brought it up first. As for the Bankers and businessmen being in charge of the CPC, it’s not an assertion, it’s a fact based on the data available. As far as the economy exploding( I said in a capitalist direction, and i would assume you don’t disagree), the market will be the market, some get rich, most remain poor. http://politicaleconomy. info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=26 . Follow this link, and you will know.

  • admin said,

    You can show that certain businessman are in the party, even in important posts. But I challenge you to demonstrate that they are ‘in charge’ on the CCP, rather than the other way around. I would guess, apart from old veterans, the main three social groups in power in the CCP are people who are children of party officials, or people from working-class or intellectual backgrounds with technical engineering degrees, plus a good number of military officers.

    In the socialist market economy in China, some are clearly getting rich far faster than others, even unfairly and illegally so. But the general living standards are not remaining static for everyone else, including the poor. Their standards have risen also, although more slowly and unevenly, but in a major way. It’s what accounts for the relatively stability and general support for the CCP, even with ongoing episodes of local revolts against injustices.

    The markets in China, guided and shaped by the CCP, have transformed it from a semi-feudal and very poor nation of the third world with a large majority being peasants farming the same way they did 4000 years ago (I saw this with my own eyes) to a relatively modern nation with socialized production (ie, a proletarian country) most of which is still owned by the state, some privately held, and some as coops–but all directed by the CCP.

    There is nothing quite like this in the capitalist world. It may or may not succeed in taking China into a more socialist, and eventually communist future. The matter is still open in my book. Best to learn about what going on than simply to dismiss it.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://politicaleconomy.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid= . Here is my demonstration. Yes, owned by the State, and the State is on sale at the stock market.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Did you even bother to follow the link and read it? I would guess not.

  • admin said,

    That’s just silly, Matt. China incorporates some firms and joint ventures, a minority in the big picture, and has those shares for sale on the stock markets. But not those own directly by the CCP and certainly not the Chinese state itself. If you think the CCP would go for foreign ownership or control of China, then you are even more in the dark than I thought. A key impetus of the CCP (all factions and at all levels) is that NEVER AGAIN will China be humiliated and divided into zones of foreign control where its sovereignty is challenged. They are rather militant on the matter, even on small details. If anything, it’s China’s state banks that are holding huge amounts if US T-Bills

  • admin said,

    I’m well aware of the debate and changes over allowing ‘other progressive strata’ in the party. But allowing them in and giving them control are two very different things. In fact, one argument for allowing them in is exactly to bring THEM under strict discipline and control, not the other way around.

    I’m friends with Ollman, and we have debated these matters in print. MR is still trying to get China right, and and has published a variety of views.

  • Matt Helme said,

    I never assumed China would go to foreign control, but who knows, not many people thought they would go this far. As far as stock ownership of State Enterprises,that’s been a fact for a very long time now, and they dominate the economy. State bank’s in China have passed from Public ownership,to stock holder ownership. You seem to be in the dark, not me. Next time you go to China, turn the lights on. As far as letting the “Progressive” strata in, they know they have to join the party to exercise control, that’s why they have joined. If you are going to ignore the fact’s and figures I’ve linked to(Data supplied by CPC members, who know the real state of affairs)then why bother? You should base your argument on what is really happening.If you do, you will come to understand who rules the party and state.

  • Matt Helme said,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_Bank_of_China

  • admin said,

    As i suggested, before. read McGregor’s ‘The Party’. It will back some of your point, but also my main point.

    Meanwhile, here’s a question for you. What would you have advocated, both for the UAW and a US socialist group, when Obama bailed out GM?

  • Matt Helme said,

    I don’t question the grip the party has on China, I have good reason to question the class nature and intention of the party, given the research I’ve done. As far as your question, i’m not sure what you mean. What socialist group?

  • admin said,

    You’ll find about five or six major groupings in the CCP. Despite it’s iron grip, it isn’t monolithic. The is a neoliberal grouping, but it’s main leaders are under house arrest at the moment.

    As for my question, any socialist group. If you had your own, what position would you put out on the matter?

  • Matt Helme said,

    Yes, five or six groups, none of which are socialist. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact based on the composition of the party and the deep encroachment of capitalism, all of that is well documented.Refer to the link politicaleconomy.info above. As far as GM, I would Nationalize it.

  • admin said,

    As I said before, Matt, assertions, even assertions that something is a ‘fact’, still require an argument based on inquiry. I doubt that you even know the names of these groupings, left alone their platforms and what they might mean in China. Yet like you’re the pope of ‘Marxism,’ you’re going to read them out of your church. Thanks, but no thanks. If that’s what you mean by Marxism, I want none of it.

    To ‘nationalize’ GM means simply turning into into a state-capitalist enterprise, but run by whom? And how? Obama ‘bailed them out by buying up a majority of the stock, then worked to unload it like a hot potato. I would have let them go to penny stock status, bought up all of it, then leased it to the UAW partnered with some local green engineering firms–under the condition that the old managers all be fired, and new ones hired by the workers concerned, one worker, one vote. In addition to building green electric cars, the government could fund orders from counties and regions for light rail car.

  • Matt Helme said,

    Nationalization does not always mean State Capitalism, although,under current conditions, it would have been.You could have Nationalized GM, and leased it to the UAW. I’m glad to see we agree on something.As far as the names of the grouping in China, yes i know the names of the grouping and what they stand for.

    http://politicaleconomy.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid= .

    I’ll refer you hear one last time in the hope that you might read it. You can ignore this, but don’t tell me i don’t know the groups and what they stand for. No, i’m not the pope, but why should i allow capitalism in the “Church” of communism?

  • Matt Helme said,

    I assume you would not buy GM shares yourself? So, you would have the Government Nationalize GM, and lease it to the UAW. No argument here. As far as the groupings in China and what they stand for, yes i know them well.

    http://politicaleconomy.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid= .

    You should refer to this statement if you wanna learn about them. Treating me as if i know very little about China because i contradict your view is kind of sad. Ignoring the evidence if supplied to counter your argument is even sadder.

  • admin said,

    These are all interesting, but tendentious and one-sided. To get a fuller picture, try the April 2009 Issue of Science and Society

  • Matt Helme said,

    Fact’s and figures that contradict your view one sided? Maybe,but still true.

  • admin said,

    Time will tell about China. It’s one-fourth of humanity and it’s a work in progress politics are very complex. You may be right in the end, and a new proletarian revolution will be required. Or the party may change and shift. Or something new entirely. The most dangerous prospect are intrigues to dismember China. These will lead to war.

    In the meantime, our task, alongside building a socialist movement, is to design and fight for the policies and programs of jobs, peace and prosperity, radical structural changes that can serve as bridges to a socialist future. Otherwise, all all discussion here is so much cafe chatter.

    That’s why I asked what socialist group you were with. It’s an oxymoron to be a socialist by yourself.

  • Matt Helme said,

    I’ve in COC-DS at the moment.

  • Matt Helme said,

    As far as China, I don’t see a change and shift at the moment.

  • admin said,

    Good. What city are you in? Is there a chapter near you? ou might consider working on one of our projects, like the Socielist Education Project or the Online University of the Left. You’ll have to put up with views that your welcome to dispute, byt might not consider ‘Marxist’

  • Matt Helme said,

    I’m in Old Bridge N.J., this is my first year in, and i submitted my dues this past Tuesday. I have not receives a packed yet with membership and chapter info yet, but expect to next week.As far as dealing with divers views, i can deal with it. I was a founder of a group called The Workers Democracy Conference Committee(1996-2005). We were responsible for organizing conferences and workshops, and we alway’s were inclusive.

  • Daniel Turner said,

    Hi Carl. I’m Daniel, and I joined the ccds today. I am also a member of the SPUSA.

    The main point I have grievances with is number two. You write:
    “Socialism is first of all a democratic political system where the interests and organizations of the working class and its allies have attained and hold the preponderance of political power and thus play the critical leading role in society. It is still a class society, but one in a protracted transition, over hundreds of years, to a future classless society where exploiting class privileges are abolished and classes and class distinctions generally wither away, both nationally and globally. So socialism will have classes for some time, including some capitalists, because it will be a mixed economy, with both public and private ownership, even as the balance shifts over time. Family farmers and small proprietors will both exist and flourish alongside cooperatives. Innovative ‘high road’ entrepreneurial privately-held firms will compete with publically-own[ed] firms, and encouraged to create new wealth within an environmentally regulated and progressively taxed system. Past efforts to build socialism have suffered from aggravated conflict between and among popular classes and lack of emphasis on building wide unity among the people.”

    This seemed like a defeatist position when I first read it. Your claim that socialism is “still a class society,” really hit me the wrong way.

    Then I thought, well maybe you’re referring to the same transitional period that Engels discusses in _The Principles of Communism_.

    “Will it be possible for private property to be abolished at one stroke?

    No, no more than existing forces of production can at one stroke be multiplied to the extent necessary for the creation of a communal society.

    In all probability, the proletarian revolution will transform existing society gradually and will be able to abolish private property only when the means of production are available in sufficient quantity.” (http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm)

    However, I think calling this transitional period itself socialism is problematic. Yes, on “the road to socialism” class will not disappear instantly, yet socialism should describe a state in which class and private property are already abolished and the capital of the bourgeoisie is already expropriated.

    Also, it seems unclear what is mean by “popular classes.” When you claim that, “past efforts to build socialism have suffered from aggravated conflict between and among popular classes and lack of emphasis on building wide unity among the people.” Are you campaigning for some class-collaborating “socialism,” a harmony between the bourgeoisie and proletariat? Such appears more like some ideal and illusory capitalist state more than a socialist one.

    I hope I’ve misunderstood you on this, Carl. Help me to better understand your position if so.

  • admin said,

    After the working class takes power–the key element of socialism–society will still have workers, farmers, small producers and even millions of capitalist firms of various sizes. That’s why is is still a class society. Even if it only had workers and farmers. it would still be a class society.

    A socialist government would be foolish to try to abolish all capitalist firms at once by decree. Instead, it would start with the banks, setting up a national bank to replace the Fed and state banks, like the Bank of North Dakota. This gives it control of capital markets, and turns them into public assets.

    Next, it would nationalize key natural resources, Then failed firms, which it could buy up at penny stock status. Workers themselves could seize runaway or closed factories. Some firms could also simply be bought or taken over as strategic. But most small-to-medium-sized productive capital could go on for some time, with the idea being to narrow the target, and not fight all your adversaries at once. We would have full unionization, and some firms could become worker coops on the death of their owners, as part of a reform in inheritance laws.

    But if small groups of entrepreneurs have new ideas for innovative products, and want to apply to a state bank for a startup loan, this would also be permitted. If they make lots of money this way, that’s what the tax code is for.

    Here’s the core idea. A classless society requires very advanced productive forces, wherein the amount of living labor in any given commodity approaches zero–fully automated and cybernated production with robotics–and where thus the length of the working day approaches zero. That’s how the working class gets abolished, or ‘withers away,’ together with all other class. This, naturally, takes some time, especially on a global scale.

  • Daniel Turner said,

    Thanks for the reply (whoever you are anonymous admin).

    This does sound like the same concepts which Engels is stating in _Principles of Communism_, to some extent. I’m just not sure that the idea of entrepreneurs being able to get loans from the national bank for such startups is a good idea. Such sounds more like technocratic state capitalism than my understanding of socialism, though much preferable to the system now employed.

    I just prefer the SPUSA platform on this issue:

    “We call for worker and community ownership and control of corporations within the framework of a
    decentralized and democratically determined economic plan.”

    socialistparty-usa.net/platform.html?m

    Any potential innovators should work through such worker and communally owned corporations, in my opinion. That’s the socialism I subscribe to, although funding from the national bank (not loans) for such technological innovations would be helpful, if such technological improvements could be shown to benefit society as a whole and not merely a few powerful elites.

  • Daniel Turner said,

    Oh… and I don’t see the point of socialism as the withering away of the working class but the withering away of class distinctions. I see socialism as the dictatorship of a class, the proletariat. I just still can’t get away from Lenin on that principle. I’ve grown in appreciation for Kautsky, but I think Lenin really nails it on that point. However, I would maintain that the dictatorship of the proletariat is the same thing as proletarian democracy.

  • admin said,

    The admin is me, Carl Davidson

    There are at least six million corporations of all sizes in our country, not to mention all the non-incorporated businesses. Their politics run across the the borad–progressive, center and reactionary

    Why would you want to take them on all at once? When these people, their families and friends resist you, how do you plan to enforce your edicts and subdue them?

    Don’t you think it wiser to narrow the target, and proceed step-by-step?

  • admin said,

    Socialism is indeed a working-class state, ie, Marx’s ‘dictatorship of the proletariat.’ But it’s communism that’s the classless society, where all classes are abolished, including the working class. The former is the path to the latter.

  • krochetkids said,

    he essence of social capitalism is that private markets are the most effective allocation mechanism, and output is maximized through sound state macroeconomic management of the economy.Good post.
    social capitalism

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