'Socialism or Barbarism' today: the centrality of self-emancipation
"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
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
1) David Harvey on the commons 
2) CADTM Women, debt and Micro-credit . Final Declaration of CADTM African women's seminar, Bamako, 15-19 November 2017 
3) Via Campesina  (3) Who are we? What are we fighting for? What are we fighting against? Media and Publications)
Building alternatives 
UN Declaration on peasants’ rights 
4) Michael Lebowitz : The Spectre of Socialism in the XXIst Century : Build it NOW !