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  •  A good place to start-- (1+ / 0-)
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    For the Left, politics must (therefore) be the art of discovering the potential that exists in the present concrete situation in order to make possible tomorrow that which appears impossible today.

    I know I've preached this sermon before, but it seems to me that both the State and Capitalism are largely vacating large areas of the U. S.  This process is being accelerated by the coming federal "austerity" and the bankruptcy of state and local governments.  Rather than just imagining and speculating about a 21st century on a large scale, we could be experimenting and implementing in places desperate for someone to try something.

    Venezuela's local councils are an interesting phenomenon.  An anarcho-syndicalist could see potential in that approach.  So Chavez fights off the imperialists and the local bourgeoisie while these local councils grow in experience and strength.

    Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all. - JM Keynes

    by goinsouth on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 01:56:11 PM PDT

    •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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      And, to copy and paste a sermon I've doubtless preached before, a lot of what I'm doing here is urging the liberals to "not be useless."  Of course, not too many of them read this diary here -- though I could repackage this stuff and post it elsewhere... any suggestions?

      "Any sensible person right now would join an anticapitalist organization." -- David Harvey

      by Cassiodorus on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:06:05 PM PDT

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      •  Enlarging horizons. (2+ / 0-)
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        Cassiodorus, o the umanity

        I think a useful purpose of posting here is to broaden horizons.  Many readers have a very narrow conception of what's out there in terms of political and economic thought.  If people just come across diaries like this one and follow a link, that's a plus.

        Then there's the question of what constitutes action toward the goal of making things better.  There's plenty of disillusionment with conventional politics, especially as focused on "more and better" here, and that's presents some opportunities to present people with alternatives.

        This place is also large enough that there are enough anti-capitalists to have some interesting discussions around a diary once a week.  But it's probably necessary to set a time to facilitate that.

        To sum up, I think it's possible through diaries and comments to expose people here to ideas and opportunities for action that would make them less "useless."  And for my personal part, I'd like the opportunity to dialog with other anti-capitalists here on a regular basis.

        Was that responsive?

        Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all. - JM Keynes

        by goinsouth on Tue Jul 13, 2010 at 02:30:57 PM PDT

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