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 Post subject: The Revolutionary Process
PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2016 9:51 pm 
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In brief, there are three phases to the revolutionary process and a myriad of problems each phase finds itself confronted with that can delay or even move back a phase. Each phase also has a principle task that must be accomplished before transition to the next phase is possible, and the ruling class also has a predictable way of behaving within each phase.

The first phase: Organisation and Education

The first phase occurs either at the beginning of capitalism's life history, or as a result of the counter-revolution quelling all attempts at revolution. This is the phase we find ourselves in today.

The actions of the ruling class in this phase focus on disrupting any attempts to effectively organise communists. This is done through ideological attacks, confusion, and distraction. Once the communists have achieved some modicum of organisation these ideological attacks become much more physical attacks. Their attempts at ideological attacks should be immediately recognised. These are the immediate non-subtle anti-communist rhetoric we can see from various conservatives and more than occasionally from liberals. These sorts of attacks serve to prevent the average worker from ever taking interest in communism and to arm the populace with rudimentary ideological defenses against communist ideas.

Ideological confusion is a much more deadly, and long lasting of a tactic that the ruling class will employ. This tactic will appear in a myriad of forms including the ideologies of democratic socialists, trotskyists, stalinists, anarchists, maoists, and other reformist and opportunist tendencies that have yet to emerge. I am, at this point, taking it for granted that these ideologies are merely, at best, confusions of marxism. I will make a topic later pointing out how each of these ideologies interferes with the revolutionary process, the topic addressing anarchists is already available ( the-pitfalls-of-anarchism-t1319.html ). Essentially, ideological confusion makes it difficult to distinguish friend from foe in the class war. It also helps to drive people away completely by creating a “won't get fooled again” mentality.

Distraction is probably another tactic that is fairly apparent, especially in today's world. Video games, movies, television shows, etc. all serve to redirect the attention and energy of the working class elsewhere. This is, of course, not to say that we shouldn't relax and try to enjoy life, but escapism is a real thing.

Having framed the activity of the ruling class in this phase of the revolution, it should be somewhat apparent what the goal of the communist at this point is.

At this point there is no clear conception of capitalism and its laws of motion in the broader communist community, if such a community even exists. There is little clarity on what should be done and a general feeling of helplessness pervades. “Burn-out” is common among people who haven't even begun to be able to enunciate how the falling rate of profits occurs.

The task at hand is to unite all those who are interested in working out an understanding of capitalism, and an understanding of how to eliminate it. But working out an understanding is not enough, this understanding must be spread as much as possible along with eliminating false conceptions about capitalism and the working class struggle. Intersecting with the struggles of the working class in this phase is as important as it is at every other phase, the working class must be constantly reminded and aware that the communist is the one always fighting by their side, but what is more, the communist always sees clearly why the worker is under attack and how best to struggle against these attacks. The communist should always and everywhere warn the working class in advance of the betrayals imminent to reformist and opportunist ideologies as well, even if these warnings go unheeded.

The working class will continue to struggle in an undirected way, sometimes going so far as to make no demands in their protests. They fundamentally have no direction, but still feel the repression of capitalism and have an instinctual revulsion to it, and thus struggle against whatever they perceive to be the cause of this revulsion, this immiseration. Because they have no direction nor conception of the problem, they can and will be misled by all sorts of reactionary, reformist, and opportunist groups.

The goal of the communist is to give the working class direction to their struggle, but we cannot do this if we ourselves do not know that direction. In order to learn this direction we must focus our efforts in the present day to education and organisation. One communist will very likely be unable to discover everything about capitalism in their lifetime, but a group of communists have a better chance of combining their mental efforts to learn something. The communists must be organised in such a way that they can present their positions to the working class when the struggle breaks out again. If a small part of the working class latches on to these positions, they can become communists as well. If a significant portion of the working class latches on to these positions and incorporates them in to their struggle, we move on to phase two.

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 Post subject: Re: The Revolutionary Process
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I'm sure you're in the process of writing up more, but damn this is some good **** homie. Are there any sources you're drawing this from or mostly a synthesis of various works and experience?

Either way, looking forward to more.

Also, what do you think is the best way to make a connected communist community? Obviously nobody really knows that answer because if they did we'd be in a much better position than we are, but I find a lot of people are certainly open to the idea that "capitalism sucks" more and more these days which gives us a great opportunity to capitalize (lol) on.


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 Post subject: Re: The Revolutionary Process
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I'm mostly drawing from Bordiga and Pannekoek's major works along with some influence from the Manifesto.

It is also worth noting that the fact that people are seeing that capitalism sucks leads us to the situation I've described when I say that.

" they have no direction nor conception of the problem, they can and will be misled by all sorts of reactionary, reformist, and opportunist groups."

N00bMarxist points out this as well when he says the-cia-controlled-opposition-ideological-confusion-t1333.html

"So the question I would like to pose again, is how much of the flaws of say, the occupy movement, is really the result of “organic” self-sabotage stemming from a lack of proper revolutionary thought and how much of such a movement was compromised to begin with? And what if that bankruptness was intentional to keep out real Marxists from taking the stage?"

And myself again in the 1844 reading topic when I say

"The working class does revolt though, but not always in a conscious, directed way. It revolts through racism, through sexism, through strikes, through riots, through occupations, through slow downs, through individual acts of terror. But this revulsion to the capitalist system does not constitute an effective means to tear it down and replace it with something new. The working class learns from experience, from history, what direction it must steer its efforts in. The condensation of this history and experience is Marxism."

And yea, if we knew the answer we'd all be doing it. I'm trying to form strong intellectual ties with people such that everyone involved has an extremely in-depth knowledge of Marxism which will (hopefully) enable them to always maintain a pro-working class position.

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