Re: [OPE] Re: (Fwd) Immanuel Wallerstein (and other commoners) in South Africa

From: wpc <>
Date: Thu Nov 12 2009 - 16:16:35 EST

Gerald Levy wrote:
>> Not a great programmatic answer that is it: Where to after capitalism?
>> Don't ask me I haven't a clue!
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> It wasn't intended to be a programatic answer, Paul C.
Why is it called 'What next after capitalism?' then
> Rather, he was proposing a sequence of "practical steps".
> But, it is true that he was quite vague. I like the idea of a
> having a serious debate (his 2nd step), but he doesn't make
> any concrete suggestions about how such a debate would happen.
> New - more horizontal - popular groups and forms of discussion are
> needed, imo. (Maybe a series of Zapatista-style encuentros?) His third
> step is to construct alternative decommodified modes
> of production but he doesn't suggest what those alternative
> modes are.
As I said, he poses a question to which he has no answers

> In solidarity, Jerry
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>
> The new question is, what will replace this system? What order will be
> chosen out of this chaos?
> We don't know.
> So what are practical steps that we can and should take? I would put at the
> head of the list actions that can minimise the pain that arises from the
> breakdown of the existing system.
> The second thing that we can do is engage in serious debate about the kind
> of world system we want, and the strategy of transition.
> The third thing we can do is to construct alternative decommodified modes of
> production.
> Through this all, we must put at the forefront of our consciousness and our
> action the struggle against the three fundamental inequalities of the world:
> gender, class, and race/ethnicity/religion. This is the hardest of all -
> none of us are guiltless and pure.
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