For the past 25 years, anti-capitalistic and/or critical capitalistic thought, theory and praxis has been at the core of my life.
As I am sort of in the middle of this PhD I have had to admit several hard-hitting “truths”, one being that those 25 years have essentially failed in the goal of establishing a humanistic, sustainable alternative.
Whilst the majority of pro-humanistic, socialist gains for us in the West were made in a time before neo-liberalism and the current existence of hyper-brutalistic capitalism, they were made only because capitalism allowed them to happen. Granted, the force behind that was predominately “us” but we only tweaked an inheritably unsustainable system for 1-2 generations to benefit from.
Tough call to make, but an important one. Our theories and praxis were flawed. We are however at a massive turning point.
Neo-Liberalism, the IDEA behind our current totally fucked version of capitalism, has been so successful that “we” are entirely re-evaluating theory, praxis and goals. We have the technology, knowledge and experience at our fingertips for this to become a factual reality.
One conclusion I am pushing at school is that we no longer need to fight capitalism in it’s current existence as it is so rapidly killing itself that whatever praxis “we” could conceive would immediately be rendered irrelevant. Rather, my proposal is, that “we” need to lay the groundwork for a post-capitalistic world through theory, practical education and guidance of the generations following in our footsteps. My generation will most likely not see Rome burn, but we can see the fires closing in. My son’s generation, however, needs to be given ideas, guidelines and examples of what can be done differently.
A new kind of theory and praxis, balanced between books, education, fires and direct action.
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