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Article: Compass points: Towards a Socialist Alternative

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Post 30 Oct 2006, 22:41
Erik Olin Wright - Compass points: Towards a Socialist Alternative
New Left Review 41, September-October 2006

Read the full article. This is truely a very important text to understand which socialism we can choose.

http://users.skynet.be/bk335835/NLR27506.pdf


Introduction

Throughout most of the twentieth century, socialism constituted the central ideological matrix for thinking about alternatives to capitalism and giving direction to anti-capitalist struggles, even where the establishment of a socialist order was not an immediate political goal. If the particular institutional arrangements historically associated with socialism are now seen as incapable of delivering on their promises, many of the traditional socialist criticisms of capitalism seem more appropriate than ever: inequality, economic polarization and job insecurity are worsening; giant corporations dominate the media and cultural production; politics is increasingly run by big money and unresponsive to those without it. The need for a vibrant alternative to capitalism is as great as ever.

My aim here is to propose a way of thinking about a socialist alternative to capitalism that begins from the observation that both social democracy and socialism contain the word ‘social’. This term is generally invoked to suggest a commitment to the broad welfare of society, rather than the narrow interests of particular elites. In more radical versions, ‘social ownership’ is contrasted with ‘private ownership’; but in practice this has usually been collapsed into state ownership, and the term ‘social’ ends up doing relatively little analytical work. I will argue that the ‘social’ can identify a cluster of principles and visions which differentiate socialism both from the capitalist project and from what can be called a purely statist response to capitalism. These principles revolve around what I will call ‘social empowerment’. In Part One, the problem of rethinking socialism will be located within a broader agenda of emancipatory social theory. Part Two presents a synoptic critique of capitalism, which identifies the problems for which socialism purports to be a solution. Part Three explores the general problem of elaborating credible institutional alternatives to existing structures of power and privilege. Here I will elaborate the idea of social empowerment, and explain what a socialism based upon it would mean. Part Four will then propose a map of pathways to social empowerment which embody the principles of a ‘social’ socialism. Part Five concludes with a discussion of the problem of transformation.
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Post 31 Oct 2006, 20:20
Thanx for the essay. I'm reading at the moment Erik Olin Wrights class defintions at the university. So, this is a good extension.
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Post 31 Oct 2006, 20:25
Smells like social revisionism.
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Thanx for the essay. I'm reading at the moment Erik Olin Wrights class defintions at the university. So, this is a good extension.

Full info? Always looking for more literature.
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Smells like social revisionism.

Read Gramsci and please come again.
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Full info? Always looking for more literature.


Erik Olin Wright. Class counts. Comparative Studies in Class Analysis. Cambridge. 1997.
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Read "On Practice" by Mao Zedong and please come again.
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Read "On Practice" by Mao Zedong and please come again.
Maoïsm is something for semi-capitalist states, we're living in late capitalist states.
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Post 01 Nov 2006, 21:10
Maoism = Marxism-leninism, it just adds to the theory and Marxism-leninism is broad enough to be applied to industrialised states.
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Gramscism is also an extension on marxism-leninism, but specialised in late capitalistic states. Maoïsm was a specific answer on situation in the Third World. We don't need a giant leep forward.
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Post 01 Nov 2006, 21:19
"Gramscism" is revisionism in it's worst form.

He even argued that the october revolution was a step backwards and critisiced materialism which marxism was built on.


He's the epitome of the persons Mao attacks in "On Practise".
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"Gramscism" is revisionism in it's worst form.
Again, what an argument. Let me know when you call him a bourgeois jew.

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He even argued that the october revolution was a steap backwards and critisiced materialism which marxism was built on.
No he didn't.
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Read Gramsci and please come again.

Which texts/books of Gramsci's are good for starters?
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Again, what an argument. Let me know when you call him a bourgeois jew.


Please, there is enough jew-bashing without you trying to jumpstart even more flurries of it by inserting the jew-card for no good reason at all.

And, personally, you have a lot of gumption questioning other people's argumentation. You still haven't answered my simple questions in the globalization thread!
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Which texts/books of Gramsci's are good for starters?


The Prison Notebooks are a killer.

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If you're interested in Gramsci's work, but you don't want to read the long Prison Notebook, there's also a good book called "Gramsci and the historical block" (Gramsci y el Bloque Histórico) by Hugues Portelli. It's a very good summary of Grmasci's thought.
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Which texts/books of Gramsci's are good for starters?

Maybe the book of Anderson about western marxism?
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there's also a good book called "Gramsci and the historical block" (Gramsci y el Bloque Histórico) by Hugues Portelli. It's a very good summary of Grmasci's thought.
Problem is: no english translation.
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Post 08 Nov 2006, 01:24
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And, personally, you have a lot of gumption questioning other people's argumentation. You still haven't answered my simple questions in the globalization thread!
Sorry, I had other interesting discussions concerning the economics of globalisation.
The discussion was purely semantic. You call globalisation something objective, I don't believe that. You need some economic proof to sustain your vision. Globalisation didn't happen on field of production markets, only capital markets. That's why it is an ideological phrase, to cover up the truth.
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Sorry, I had other interesting discussions concerning the economics of globalisation.
The discussion was purely semantic.


Last I checked, I was seeking clarification on your ambiguous wording, but the discussion was not about semantics. Even if it was, I thought you were an academic. What is the matter, don't you value precision?



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You call globalisation something objective, I don't believe that. You need some economic proof to sustain your vision. Globalisation didn't happen on field of production markets, only capital markets.


That's not quite correct but answer me in the thread!!
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