The ICC take on fascism is that it arose on the grave of a defeated working class: and that as the class is as yet undefeated today, what is generally meant by fascism - that is to say, severely authoritarian leadership and control of society through extremely repressive forces like the army and police - is unlikely, internationally, at the present time. A presumption not accepted by everyone. (However, assuming my definition of it carries any truth, you might be forgiven for thinking it's well on the way, even in the West.) So, considering the question of fascism today, jk said this: "On the issue of the "undefeated" working-class on which this presumption hinges: I have enough difficutly getting people I talk to to accept the working class still exists; when they admit it exists they often can't see it as anything other than a mass of hopeless souls who have become completely unmoored from their own class interests--hardly a bulwark against fascism. Regardless, one of the features of decomposition, I have heard it said, is that it is now possible for the communist alternative to become impossble without a direct defeat of the working-class." This somewhat shocking statement is not one many of us want to hear, but I suppose it has to be said.
On another forum thread, Rosa Luxemburg's economic theories - which some of us had long thought underpinned much of the ICC's beliefs - are challenged and some would say discredited. This invalidating of some of Rosa's work has even led to the idea of "decadence" - as being the decadence of an economic system, rather than the decadence of a class ridden society and the human relationships maintained therein - being called into question too. Happily, no one as yet has challenged Rosa's contribution to the understanding of class consciouness and it's growth. Though if the working class, as a self-conscious class, is on the verge of extinction, this won't be of any consequence either.
During the last four years, time appears to have speeded up. History, far from having ended in 1989, as the bourgeoisie hoped, has returned in a hyper-active manner. What's going to happen next? Barbarism spreads as capitalism falls sicker. Some revolutionary groupings think the system will get better. Others fear the worse, as the violence of an apparently crazed and frustrated bourgeoise spread calamity round the globe. Decomposition is claimed to be at work: the planet is certainly decomposing, no matter what else. Even the ICC, usually so confident in it's interpretation of the world, appears lost and confused at times, as some of it's tenets are challenged, and its hesitations become apparent.
But is all this necessarily bad? History's door has creaked open a bit. But what's on the other side? We dont know. But at least the rusty old worm eaten door is creaking a bit. Perhaps the first real creaks since 1917. A happy note to end on.
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