Sunday, June 13, 2010

It takes more than winning the class struggle to make a good society, or, don't put all your eggs in one basket

Which is something that the Communist movement tended to do. Although class is primary, to make any good society I feel you have to go beyond just redistributing wealth and power, and if you don't you end up with a historical dead end that will probably be subsumed into the greater world at some point. What I'm pointing to is human alienation and what it takes to make a rich life in the world. Take the Communist countries. Sure, there was a rough equality and a series of revolutions, some more authentic than others, that really did put workers in control, but you had people living in anonymous concrete apartment complexes, with little freedom on the job, and a corrupt bureaucracy running things. Instead of addressing these issues of freedom and alienation alongside class struggle they were folded into the idea of class struggle, meaning that it was just assumed that when the class struggle was won that these problems would take care of themselves. It didn't happen. And it won't happen again in any future state where class struggle on its own, without a parallel sense of greater human needs, is made the sole focus of the movement.

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