Monday, July 23, 2012

Al Jazeera English: Why so many communist philosophers?

Against Fukuyama's predictions, the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring demonstrated that history calls once again for a new beginning beyond the economic, neoliberal, and international paradigms we live in. A number of renowned philosophers (Judith Balso, Bruno Bosteels, Susan Buck-Mors, Jodi Dean, Terry Eagleton, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, and others), led by Slavoj Zizek, have began to envision how such beginning would look in communist terms, that is, as a radical alternative.

Decentralized or non-statist communism would be a huge departure from the Stalinist  and Chinese models. China is a communist state but this mainly applies to the large cities. The countryside is very rural and traditional.

Certainly, an alternative is needed to US neo-liberalism, but it won't be communism. Socialism is even an unpopular word in the US. 

Most conservatives consider the US as a firewall to communism and socialism. 

Probably the biggest social reforms that could occur in the US would be the strengthening of the labor movement, something Democrats in Washington seem to be reluctant to do. 

In addition, the most affluent Americans need to be taxed at higher rates for income tax and capital gains. 

The Estate tax needs to be restored.This should help restore some of the vitality to the middle calls. 

However, although Obama is likely to win the presidential election, the House may stay in GOP hands and the Senate is up for grabs according to Intrade. 

Why so many communist philosophers? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

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