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IIRE – ECOSOCIALIST SCHOOL
 
December 2017
 
 
 
"Socialism or Barbary" to-day : the centrality of self-emancipation.
 
"Socialism or Barbary" to-day : the centrality of self-emancipation.
"Transitional strategy" and “Permanent revolution” in contemporary capitalism
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"Transitional strategy" and “Permanent revolution” in contemporary capitalism
 
Lessons from the past and from new struggles  
 
Lessons from the past and from new struggles  
 
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Catherine Samary http://csamary.free.fr
Catherine Samary http://csamary.free.fr
 
  
 
OUTLINE
 
OUTLINE
  
 
I - Why “socialism or barbary” to-day ? The impact of the “soviet century” - and its end – on capitalist “policies” and institutions, behind economic dimensions, “long waves” and crisis.
 
I - Why “socialism or barbary” to-day ? The impact of the “soviet century” - and its end – on capitalist “policies” and institutions, behind economic dimensions, “long waves” and crisis.
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I will put emphasis on political and geo-stratgical dimensions behind the crisis of the 1970s as crisis of the capitalist world order – and coubter-revolutionary answers
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    • Therefore dual strategic crisis of social-democracy (SD) and of communist parties
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    • Gramci = the Old world is dyning ; the new (progressive) one is not yet born
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    • Rosa Luxemburg : Socialism or barbarism
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Key words and names
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IMF (International Monetary Fond / FMI) ; WB World Bank BM) ; GATT and GATS (trade and service General Agreements and negociations) – WTO (World Trade Organisation / OMC)
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NATO / OTAN
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Mehdi Ben Barka 65 ; Malcolm X 65 ; Che Guevara 67)  Martin Luther King 68
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-Pinochet Coup against Allende Chile 1973
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Margaret Thatcher (There Is No Alternative = TINA) 1980
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Yeltsin Putin
  
 
II-  Back on “Socialism” and “communism” : what do we mean ? Lessons from the past and present struggles ; updating notions and debates.  
 
II-  Back on “Socialism” and “communism” : what do we mean ? Lessons from the past and present struggles ; updating notions and debates.  
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The notion of “transitional society between capitalism and socialism”
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capitalism as “world-system” (“systeme-monde” = Wallerstein concept) : Core and (semi) peripheral countries / Pays du centre et de la (semi) périphérie
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Trotsky's thesis on “uneven and combined development” (and Permanent revolution) to Lenin's April's Thesis = what (world and Russian) “socialist revolution”
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Debates on plan/market in industry and agriculture (the “law of value” ?) in post capitalist “transition to socialism” (Bukharin / Preobrajensky...)
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Tito (Yugoslav revolution) – 1948 Tito/Stalin split. Statism. Paris Commune. Self-management  (autogestion/autogouvernement)
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Self managing communities, organised around specific services + self-management planning + political “Chambers” (Councils)
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Karl Polanyi 'The Great Transformation' (1944)
  
 
III- What “transitional strategy” to-day ? At what level ? What fundamental demands ?
 
III- What “transitional strategy” to-day ? At what level ? What fundamental demands ?
 
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Notion of transition program or logics. Bridge between reforms and revolution
 
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Global justice movement / Mouvement altermondialiste
Questions for working groups
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WHO World Health Organisation/ OMS/Organisation mondiale de la santé , World Labor Organization / OMT Organisation ondiale du Travail, (UNESCO) UN Organisation for Education, science and culture
 
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Chavez's questions on “Socialism of the XXIst century” - Michael Lebowicz
A)  See “Reading material” about Via Campesina. Even if you have no example of its activities in your own country (region), did you know that network and component of the Global Justice movement ? What is your opinion on its importance for anti-capitalist struggles ? What kind of cross strategical issues and alliances does it encompass ?
 
 
 
B) Do you know (in your own country or elsewhere) significant examples of the following experiences (you can select what you know more about) :
 
“Municipalism” or “rebel cities” ?
 
Fights about “commons” (clarify the concept)
 
workers or popular forms of “self-managment” in factories, services or local (rural and/or urban territories) ?   
 
Fights against private banks and financial markets, as supported by the CADTM against “illegitimate debt” (at municipal, national or broader level), or against “toxic credits” ?
 
 
 
How can those fights be part of a “transitional” dynamic within/against the capitalist system and logics ? What difficulties, risks, contradictions are they (or could they be) confronted to ? How to deal with them ? What involvement and debates about those experiences among radical left currents ?
 
  
 
Reading materials
 
Reading materials

Revision as of 16:00, 4 December 2018

"Socialism or Barbary" to-day : the centrality of self-emancipation.

"Transitional strategy" and “Permanent revolution” in contemporary capitalism

Lessons from the past and from new struggles

Catherine Samary http://csamary.free.fr

OUTLINE

I - Why “socialism or barbary” to-day ? The impact of the “soviet century” - and its end – on capitalist “policies” and institutions, behind economic dimensions, “long waves” and crisis.

I will put emphasis on political and geo-stratgical dimensions behind the crisis of the 1970s as crisis of the capitalist world order – and coubter-revolutionary answers
   • Therefore dual strategic crisis of social-democracy (SD) and of communist parties 
   • Gramci = the Old world is dyning ; the new (progressive) one is not yet born
   • Rosa Luxemburg : Socialism or barbarism

Key words and names IMF (International Monetary Fond / FMI) ; WB World Bank BM) ; GATT and GATS (trade and service General Agreements and negociations) – WTO (World Trade Organisation / OMC) NATO / OTAN

Mehdi Ben Barka 65 ; Malcolm X 65 ; Che Guevara 67) Martin Luther King 68 -Pinochet Coup against Allende Chile 1973 Margaret Thatcher (There Is No Alternative = TINA) 1980 Yeltsin Putin

II- Back on “Socialism” and “communism” : what do we mean ? Lessons from the past and present struggles ; updating notions and debates. The notion of “transitional society between capitalism and socialism” capitalism as “world-system” (“systeme-monde” = Wallerstein concept) : Core and (semi) peripheral countries / Pays du centre et de la (semi) périphérie Trotsky's thesis on “uneven and combined development” (and Permanent revolution) to Lenin's April's Thesis = what (world and Russian) “socialist revolution” Debates on plan/market in industry and agriculture (the “law of value” ?) in post capitalist “transition to socialism” (Bukharin / Preobrajensky...) Tito (Yugoslav revolution) – 1948 Tito/Stalin split. Statism. Paris Commune. Self-management (autogestion/autogouvernement) Self managing communities, organised around specific services + self-management planning + political “Chambers” (Councils) Karl Polanyi 'The Great Transformation' (1944)

III- What “transitional strategy” to-day ? At what level ? What fundamental demands ? Notion of transition program or logics. Bridge between reforms and revolution

Global justice movement / Mouvement altermondialiste

WHO World Health Organisation/ OMS/Organisation mondiale de la santé , World Labor Organization / OMT Organisation ondiale du Travail, (UNESCO) UN Organisation for Education, science and culture Chavez's questions on “Socialism of the XXIst century” - Michael Lebowicz

Reading materials

1) David Harvey on the commons [1]


2) CADTM Women, debt and Micro-credit . Final Declaration of CADTM African women's seminar, Bamako, 15-19 November 2017 [2]


3) Via Campesina [3] (3) Who are we? What are we fighting for? What are we fighting against? Media and Publications)

Building alternatives [4]

UN Declaration on peasants’ rights [5]


4) Michael Lebowitz : The Spectre of Socialism in the XXIst Century : Build it NOW ! [6]