The leftover left
Chuck Munson on the anti-war left:
Meanwhile, the Leftover Left(tm) continues to organize through other coalitions, including the Communist Party-dominated UFPJ and the various front groups being organized by the Revolutionary Communist “We Worship Bob Avakian” Party. It’s been amusing to watch the RCP start a front group for IMPEACHMENT, of all things, called “World Can’t Wait.” I pointed out early on that WCW was the RCP’s rather clever effort to suck money out of the pockets of angry liberals. It worked, to the point where the RCP was able to open new offices and buy ads in newspapers. ANSWER, taking a cue from the Stalinist robots that run the Worker’s World Party, has evidently decided to start their own pro-impeachment money-laundering operation.Moishe Postone in interview:
The collapse of the Soviet Union in no way signals the end of the socialist project – in the sense of a fundamental critique of capitalism that points to the realization of the emancipatory potential that capitalism has both historically generated and, yet, also constrained and undermined. And, yet, it has made manifest a great deal of disorientation. This disorientation expresses, in part, the negative historical effects of Marxism-Leninism on the socialist imaginary. It also expresses, in part, the difficulties of formulating a socialist critique in a post-statist epoch that, on the one hand, while critical of the market and private ownership of the means of production, is not focused most fundamentally on such bourgeois relations. And yet working toward such a critique – which would also entail recovering a notion of internationalism that is not simply an ideological formulation of an essentially nationalist worldview (defending the “socialist camp”) – is absolutely crucial. It is crucial because capitalism is truly global and cannot be adequately understood as colonialism, that is, as the imposition of western values and institutions on other parts of the world. Capitalism may have contingently arisen in the West, but it fundamentally transformed the West, Just as it is transforming the rest of the world. The only theory that provides an adequate foundation for a rigorous critical theory of global capitalism is that first articulated by Marx. The critical theories that were so apparently powerful in the 1970s and 1980s, such as post-structuralism, are helpless in the face of global capitalism. Failure to build on the intellectual legacy of Marx by formulating a post-traditional critical theory of capitalism leaves the field of critique over to extremely reactionary and dangerous forms of “anti-capitalism” and “anti-imperialism” that are no more emancipatory than fascist “anti-capitalism” and “anti-imperialism” had been in the first half of the 20th century.