@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG @Steve__Paxton, author #UnlearningMarx & #HowCapitalismEnds w/ @Zer0Books, contributes ideas on imagining better societies on @TIRShowOakland w/ @probert06 & @LaFinAbsolute. Join Thurs., 8 pm ET, 1/13 – 4/7/22, “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny.”
We know what’s wrong with our society. We don’t always have a clear idea on what would be better or how to get there. Steve Paxton, author of Unlearning Marx and the forthcoming How Capitalism Ends, shares some ideas on making the transition to a better world, in this appearance on the THIS IS REVOLUTION podcast. Panelists discuss ideas and challenges related to healthcare, housing, education and employment, considering effective models from places like Finland and Japan.
The Handmaid’s Tale offers a view of how things can go wrong for a majority of people when a minority succeeds at imposing their will on the larger population. Fred, Serena and the other
“Sons of Jacob,” may have been legitimately trying to address social problems, like a contaminated environment. They may have even believed a strict social caste system under theocratic rule was the best way to promote a healthy and functional social climate. OK, OK, LOL 🙂 Whatever they believed, their vision left out the needs and views of many other people who have an equal right to existence.
So how does the majority get better at seeing, articulating, and executing its will?
Listen to the podcast linked below, gather some ideas, and let’s chat! — LMO
“For many on the political right, the collapse of the Soviet Union has been posited as evidence that Marx was ‘wrong’ and that Marxism ought to be consigned to the ‘dustbin of history’. To many in the capitalist west, this argumentation makes intuitive sense, given the intimate association between the Soviet experiment and Marxism. However, Steve Paxton has a different argument. In his new book, Unlearning Marx, he makes the counter-intuitive case that the history of Russia and the USSR is, in fact, a vindication of Marxian theories of historical development. How does Paxton’s reframing of Soviet history build on Marxist theory? What does this mean for our understanding of the Soviet experiment? And what does this mean for Marxism today?…
“In addition to an academic career culminating in doctoral research with GA Cohen at Oxford, Steve Paxton has worked on building sites and in betting shops, been a PHP programmer and a T-shirt designer, been employed, self-employed and unemployed, blue-collar, white-collar and no-collar. He was a contributor to The Communist Manifesto: New Interpretations as well as the author of Unlearning Marx and the forthcoming How Capitalism Ends, both from Zer0 books.”
— THIS IS REVOLUTION
WATCH From 1:35:00 | Unlearning Marx w/ Steve Paxton | THIS IS REVOLUTION podcast | 10/16/2021