The Third International after Lenin

Friday, October 7, 2011

From the tombs of the blind dead...

 
Apparantely there is still room for third-way liberal thinking, just in time to flank a real questioning of the system and its basic assumptions:
 

Gar Alperovitz | Neither Revolution Nor Reform: A New Strategy for the Left

For over a century, liberals and radicals have seen the possibility of change in capitalist systems from one of two perspectives: the reform tradition assumes that corporate institutions remain central to the system but believes that regulatory policies can contain, modify, and control corporations and their political allies. The revolutionary tradition assumes that change can come about only if corporate institutions are eliminated or transcended during an acute crisis, usually but not always by violence.

But what happens if a system neither reforms nor collapses in crisis?

Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call "evolutionary reconstruction." [...]

 

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