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  •  The Old Order is Fucking Winning (9+ / 0-)

    They planned this.

    I'm talking old. Like, lords and castles and pyramids, old.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 10:02:55 PM PST

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    •  The end of the 20th century synthesis (7+ / 0-)

      has definitely led to the emergence of some sort of corporate neofeudalism.  Unlike classic feudalism, though, which was a remarkably stable system, this neo version is too imbued with the anarchic character of capitalism to provide a stable socioeconomic system other than outright dystopian reigns of terror.

      •  And too many people believe ... (5+ / 0-)

        ...they themselves will be Max in a Road Warrior world.

        Americans do not like to think of themselves as aggressors, but raw aggression is what took place in Iraq. - John Prados

        by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 10:22:59 PM PST

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      •  Hegel and Marx would be proud to know they got th (2+ / 0-)
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        is right: the dialetic that is. :)

        Now, if only Karl had figured out that whole 'withering away' thing.  

        (IMO 'socialism' - i.e., social-democratic capitalism - won to a greater or lesser degree - despite the festishistic delusions of the right to the contrary.  We've just been fighting over the balance between the two for the last 70 years, and are continuing to do so even now.  The reason 'Reagan-omics' failed is because it was built upon the fundamental delusion of the right that they didn't lose thier fight with reality long ago.)

        •  Marx was a great describer but a ... (3+ / 0-)
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          ...(mostly) lousy prescriber.

          Americans do not like to think of themselves as aggressors, but raw aggression is what took place in Iraq. - John Prados

          by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 11:08:55 PM PST

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          •  Utopianism was both their downfalls. Hegel thoug (3+ / 0-)
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            ht Frederick's Prussia was utopian, Marx thought he could perfect man.  Neither had the benefit of Darwin: man is animal, civilization a thin veneer over the War of All Against All.

            But, Darwin also explained evolution, and therein lies the only true hope: that consciousness and society are 'evolvable' - cause the individual surely isn't in the life span our technology has given us.

            Still, same as it ever was.

        •  The great crisis now (2+ / 0-)
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          is the result of the eclipse of the 20th century liberal/social-democratic synthesis.  With the decline of the industrial proletariat in post-industrial late-capitalist western nations, the bourgeoisie no longer had a working class antithesis of any organized character or social power to contend with.  They have grabbed hold of that opportunity to discard the liberal/social-democratic synthesis, and impose their reestalbished single-class rule.  

          My guess, thinking dialectically, is that this current crisis is what will produce the new antithesis to this late capitalist corporate feudalism, and that we're in for an extended period of sharp social conflicts, as the new classes establish their places and new forms of social organization emerge.  Once the new antithesis clearly defines itself (and I believe the works of people ranging from Alex Foti and Negri to Subcomandante Marcos will be critical in providing the theoretical structure for that movement), then the more structured class war of position that will lead to a new synthesis will take hold.  However, for the foreseeable future, the coming social conflict between hegemonic corporatism and these 21st century oppositional social forces will be one of movement, almost guerrilla in character, emerging and disappearing in one place, only to repeat the same process elsewhere, all the time leaving behind seeds of learning and understanding among those caught up in the conflicts.

          We are indeed going to be living in "interesting times".

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