By Saeed Rahnema
Through a chain of conversations with popular theorists and major political activists in several elements of the area, this ebook explores the factors of the setbacks of either the reformist and innovative innovations of the socialist Left. Addressing the bigger questions round the agenda(s) of socialism within the period of globalization, the interviewees think that capitalism isn't really sustainable ultimately, due mostly to its inherent contradictions, and post-capitalist social global order is inevitable and possible. regardless of remarkable ameliorations, what emerges from this number of voices and views is a unified name to mobilize and manage for radical swap via engagement with a number of the social teams which can play instrumental roles within the transition past a capitalist social formation.
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This phase takes place within the capitalist era and its aim is an incessant and steady struggle toward “economic”, “moral”, “intellectual”, and political change in the mentality, condition, and status of wageworkers, salaried employees and other citizens. It also strives toward advancement in gender, sexual, and racial equity, and the overall strengthening of the position of labor vis-à-vis capital and move closer and closer to the “first” phase of post-capitalist society. In the absence of a better name, it can be called radical social democracy,25 INTRODUCTION: THE QUESTION OF TRANSITION FROM CAPITALISM 19 to differentiate it from social democracies of today and socialism which is the future of the movement.
For those on the left socialism remained the ultimate objective, but for the time being the focus was on organizing the unorganized, opposing racism, and breaking the hold of the upper classes over the political arena. In the late 1960s, in the context of the Vietnam War, massive opposition to it, and the radicalization of large numbers of young people, many on the left thought that revolution was possible if not imminent. But with the end of the war the anti-war movement evaporated rather than moving on to other issues, and it became clear that the radicalism of the previous years had been based on widespread and vehement opposition to the war, not on widespread opposition to capitalism or desire for socialism.
Kevin Anderson KA: We have had ups and downs. Right now capital is very strong versus labour and the social movements, though not in as strong a relative position as it was in the 1990s. But there have been periods like in the 1920s when capitalism was in question, which was true even to a certain extent after the Second World War. The Left also had its ups and downs, and not everything was a failure. Where it failed spectacularly, as in the Soviet Union, I would look at these events as transformations into opposite, to borrow a formulation from Lenin’s Hegel Notebooks.