Marx

Posted: 10/09/2016 in Finance, Struggle
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In the transcendence blog I discussed the process of transcending being similar for the spiritual and political – ultimately because it is from the separate to Unity. Within the blog I described how the Trots were divisive, together with a description of some of my own personal involvement with the Communists. There is a huge irony in the division between the Communists and the Trots because bottom-line they both put their sets of ideas first and because of that they are both divisive – despite the claims to the contrary by Communists.

This identity is easy to see when you take a cursory look at the Soviet revolution. For many this revolution is a significant focal point of communism, was often analysed by them, and led to many dubious decisions with regards to their support for dictatorship in USSR. What happened in this revolution? Firstly it was a revolution of class change, a keypoint in discussion of revolution. Was it a mass movement revolution? And that firmly is no. How was it started? A small group, known as the Bolsheviks– the minority – forced a class war. This war was not a groundswell feeling of the mass movement, it was led by this small group. If the resulting government was not communist, I feel communists would not support this process. At the beginning Lenin and Trotsky were together, neither had an issue with the Bolsheviks.

I have a serious issue with the Bolsheviks. For much of the twentieth century the Soviet Union was under a dictatorship. Marx’s theory is that there needs to be a proletarian dictatorship to fight off the backlash of the deposed capitalist. Whilst there needs to be a strategy to deal with the financed backlash, a dictatorship ought not to be necessary. It will be required if the revolution is started by a minority but if the revolution is mass movement such a dictatorship to fight the backlash would not be necessary.

In the USSR dictatorship became a way of life, an unacceptable way of life that was ended when Gorbachev said it was time for Perestroika and Glasnost; put simplistically these processes started enabling the people to begin to take charge of themselves. The process led to the end of communism, and now in Russia we have an oligarchy, something so far from communism. So with 70 years of Marxist education when the people chose they enabled oligarchy.

The source of this problem was Bolshevism, minority leadership, a group of academic intellectuals demanding of the people a particular mindset.

To me communism says the people will rise up when they are ready, when the conditions are right. A minority of intellectuals leading a mass movement is not a revolution, a change of class does not occur through intellectualism. Trots don’t have an issue with Bolsheviks, neither do communists because they are fundamentally of the same mindset. The intellectuals have to wait, educate and wait; if they don’t wait and impose the mindset through Trot intellectualism or a vanguard such a revolution cannot work. There will be disastrous consequences such as the USSR where dictatorship became the response to western imperialism. Every Trot sees their organisation as a vanguard – including the communists. At the point when Communists create a vanguard they become Trots.

So it is quite amazing that there is such deep-seated conflict between communists and Trots when they are both Marxists pushing their own agendas. You either work within the mass movement accepting that the mass movement will eventually be able to rise up – or you don’t. Typical of intellectuals that they fight each other so deeply when they are almost identical.

If you were to say to me that the mass movement will never rise up, I would have to agree. The capitalist accumulation is so much that people to function as the bourgeois military can easily be bought off – especially with the increased technology requiring fewer operational staff to defend the 1%. With increasing globalisation and capital flight it becomes even less likely that a mass movement could rise up.

It is important to understand this position is flawed – “that the mass movement will rise up against their oppression” is flawed. This does not mean that all of Marxism is flawed – far from it. Whilst there is money and accumulation, whilst there is an economy based on trade and mass production, the economics of marxism has relevance. But there are factors in our economy, levels of greed that the bourgeoisie have reached that Marx did not imagine. Who could have predicted the heinous nature of the wars for profit, the degree of debt indenture and an economy created on fiat money? Clinging to Marxism is a mistake, dismissing it completely is likewise an error.

What has to be understood is that the system is 1% – Occupy. What do people work for as a solution? Alternatives. Occupy raised peoples’ awareness as to what was happening to them. This is a good start. What do Occupiers then do? Find alternatives. One such alternative is communes, if this is what the Communard Manifesto is saying then great. Are there other alternatives? I suspect many would say working within their communities to alleviate suffering. This is to be commended but not recommended. In the end it will yield minimal alleviation, and more lead to frustration stress and ill-health; these are the prices to be paid for trying to hold back the tide. Or it will lead to being bought off!!!

Communes, mindful consumer networks within communes. Is there frustration stress and ill health in a commune? Not inherently. Will you be bought off? No, because the 1% would not be interested in the limited money of your alternative lifestyle. Keep it small and beautiful.

Books:- Treatise, Wai Zandtao Scifi, Matriellez Education.

Blogs:- Ginsukapaapdee, Matriellez.

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