As some of you know, I’ve been in somewhat grey political territory for about the last three years now, describing myself alternately as a democratic socialist, a futurist, and a communist revolutionary nonetheless. That has changed recently. I have recently consolidated (at least in my head) a sweeping new communist theory rooted in the Marxist tradition, or at least what constitutes a solid starting point for the fuller development of such a theory. I have so far disclosed the full version thereof to no one and part of it only to one person. I feel that it is time to define myself — my philosophy and politics — concretely once more. To that end, for your consideration, I am posting the basic points of my new perspective today and will elaborate considerably in future posts, whereupon I will likely modify this post to include links to further information. This is all simply so that you, the reader, understand where I’m coming from.
-Dialectical materialism is a basic scientific method for understanding the world in general, including all fields of human endeavor, but becomes methodologically enhanced when complemented by the mass line, aspects of rational choice theory (the theory that people are rational creatures who tend to choose the most productive and efficient approaches) and game theory (the theory that people tend to avoid the riskier option).
-The most basic contradiction in the world is between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. The unpropertied strata are the proletariat and the propertied strata are the bourgeoisie. This is why communism has only taken root in poorer countries to date (with the exception of East Germany, but that was forced upon their people by a foreign occupation).
-The 20th century witnessed the emergence of bourgeois nations (empires wherein most of the population consisted of property owners). These have no future. The bourgeois status of these nations is being gradually phased out by the capitalist class.
-The dominant political system in the world today is plutocratic republicanism; a particular form of bourgeois democracy. It is a form in which the masses can more or less genuinely choose who wins an election, but in which election outcomes barely matter because the capitalist class commands the levers of everyday political power.
-20th century communism (state socialism) was defeated because it corresponded to the outmoding of feudalism, not to the outmoding of capitalism. Its emergence was inevitable and positive (without which most of the world would still be agrarian and feudal/tribal to this very day), but an historical aberration nonetheless. It was not Marx’s lower phase of communism, which corresponds to the outmoding of capitalism, but rather communism of an historically independent and unique sort.
-Communitarian socialism corresponds to the outmoding of capitalism and therefore constitutes Marx’s lower phase of communism, from which humanity will gradually evolve into the higher phase that witnesses the establishment of all property as common property and thus the abolition of class distinctions.
-Communist revolution, led by the proletariat and most often taking the form of urban insurrection, is inevitable. It is guaranteed by the developing convergence of opportunity and necessity. The opportunity will be provided by the emergence and development of the Internet of Things, with its ability to finally vanquish global scarcity on the one hand and the qualitative improvement in human communications it offers on the other. The necessity will be provided by the emergence of a growing contradiction between the continued development thereof on the one hand and the continuance of the existing property relations on the other, and aided by the protracted re-proletarianization of the bourgeois nations.