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  •  It is an examination of the current situation (7+ / 0-)

    as such, an analysis of the situation requires understanding what is going on. I agree that we should be talking about what we would propose instead as socialists instead of an analysis of what is going on.

    I have been presenting basic transitional programmes in everything that I have written; while the argument appears Keynesian, it actually is not. Marx criticised Say's law and argued that realisation crises were not only possible but probable in his discussion of capitalist crisis in Volume I of Capital; we know that Keynesian policy proposals only ameliorate capitalist crisis but cannot and will not eliminate them; Keynes knew it was not possible.

    However, what comes after this system is determined by those that change it. We can make proposals and I think that is appropriate, but I am really tired of top-down policies by so-called leaders. What needs to be decided is what the majority wants in the context of an anti-capitalist non-market, ecosocialist perspective.

    Irrespective of the destruction of industry and manufacturing in the advanced capitalist world, I still think that the vast majority are working class, they may not be doing manual labour, but they are working class. We also need to discuss the lack of identification with that label and the fantasy that class does not exist or that everyone is "middle class" whatever that means.  Raising discussions of race, class and gender and ecosocialism is essential.

    This piece is merely a criticism of what the apologists of the system are saying (economists and politicians) and how they are deliberately destroying people's lives. I really think that we need to understand what is going on, get people to understand what is going on and only make general prescriptions as I think that it is the job of people in a real democracy to choose the particulars of the answer for everyone.  

    "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:09:35 PM PST

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