Considering I watched that Maupin-Dugin video, where Maupin discussed the idea of the left populism
, I thought I would share this article from former Czech Green party member where he discusses what is modern left doing wrong and what is to be done.
Essay: Renewal of the Plebeian alliance
Das Kapital has long ceased to be a mandatory reading of the leftists. Certainly none of the Frankfurt school academics were economists. And Pikett's popular book Capital in the 21st Century
from 2013 is, more of an updated analysis of the principles of the capitalist organization of labour and its effects after 150 years. Book might as well be directly called Wealth in the 21st Century
. So what are the conclusions? One obvious and one surprising: today we are witnessing a greater accumulation of wealth worldwide in fewer hands than ever before, but that wealth is again primarily hereditary. According to Piketty, the way of creating new wealth is basically the same as under Marx, but the success of its hoarding is greater, comparable only to feudalism.
The problem is that Thomas Piketty draws almost no conclusions from this - and in this, as is done nowadays, he differs most significantly from Marx. He is only a public intellectual, while Marx devotes all his powers to one goal: to completely expose, describe and destroy capital.
The delayed Czech debate over Jean-Claude Michée's book The Secrets of the Left
(the book was originally published seven years ago) does not focus on the question of whether socialism of our time should be conservative or what, but seeks to get the left to return to the struggle for what was its essence and what it never found a lasting answer to - how to reverse the dominion of capital over people.
The rest of the Secrets
is the attempt to end the age-old alliance between the left and the liberals, which evolved from a transitional tactic to neo-Marxism as a synthesis of existentialism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis. After the final defeat of all reforms of socialism in the Soviet bloc, the left abandoned the very possibility of replacing capitalism and contented itself with its corrections, today even only cultural ones.
Michéa considers this strategy to be obsolete. Needless to say, the Socialists alliance with the Liberals has benefited many disadvantaged groups, be they religious, gender, sexual, ethnic, racial or medical. It was an alliance of great consideration for the individual needs of human uniqueness and was willing to realize these needs as rights. Michéa does not want to revoke these rights, he says something else: it is not the foundation of the left, only its intersection with the liberal environment.
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