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The Question of Organisation

Beyond Marx, the Enduring Legacy of Lenin

The “Organisation question” necessarily devolves into two others—Organisation for What? Organisation by Whom? This question is faced by those whose goal is to carry out, in perhaps the very long term, the project of dramatically reducing, even seeking to completely eliminate, various human relations of oppression and exploitation while establishing an ecologically stable balance between human society and nature. Then, how are we to go about this given that our current context is marked by a dynamic and interacting economic-political duality of a capitalist process of globalisation and a persistent multiple nation states system? Since the nation state is and will remain for the foreseeable future the most important political unit, progressive transformations in some major countries are necessary to kick-start and accelerate the desired transformation at the global level.

Classically, the name given to the transformative goal by the international left was socialism, meaning the transcending of the capitalist order. Today those still seeing themselves as belonging to the left are much more divided. Some have come to terms permanently with capitalism believing that the only realistic goal is to strive for a more humane and green capitalist order. This article, however, is concerned with that more radical part of the left which still believes that it is necessary and possible to transcend capitalism but which is itself divided about how central capitalism is to the sustenance and further consolidation of the wider web of oppressive relations and therefore what importance to be given to the classical understanding and pursuit of socialism and revolution.

Socialism or Democracy

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Updated On : 12th Jul, 2019
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