During the following weeks, I will go on and publish a small book in parts (it is more like an essay) about the future of Marxism and the Revolutionary Left, in general, which I helped to be written. I don’t entirely endorse its points, but I deeply believe that it is a generic schema we can work upon. This is the second part. Enjoy!
The Holy Triad
The primary targets we must set are:
- to learn from the failures, and successes, of the past. (evocation)
- to revitalize the socialist movement. (resurrection)
- to fight capitalism on every ground possible. (total war theory)
The past creates the present and then haunts it until its memory fades away. “The only thing we learn from history is that we have learned nothing from history”, thus spoketh good ol’ Hegel. Indeed, even if we examine the life of the individual, we will find out that he keeps hitting his head on the same wall. Instead of trying to go around it or to climb it, he keeps believing that walls fall just like that. Mistakes recur… Will we ever learn? Marx was right to point us towards history. Knowledge can derive only from the past, and specifically, from its mistakes.
However, what primarily interests us is not the trophy of knowledge. It is not about learning the past, but learning from the past. We care for the past because it is what generates the present (Being) and we care for knowledge because it generates action (Praxis). Scientia potentia est, that is a nice phrase. But in the modern world knowledge isn’t power, but belongs to it, and if we want to be precise, knowledge is what reproduces power. Therefore, it comes as a logical conclusion that to fight power, we should also attack what creates and sustains it. As we already proved, this can be achieved only through action driven by knowledge, that means only through a revolutionary in practice theory, a theory that fulfills its concepts through practice and proves its revolutionary potential by it and only. This shows us the necessity of a socio-political movement. Evocation itself does nothing. Marx tells us:
“Every step of real movement is more important than a dozen programs”.
But Lenin proclaims in What is to be done?:
“Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement”.
So what do we get if we mix those two statements in one (after all the second is a clarification of the first)?
- Revolutionary theory has no significance if it has no actual application (to give birth to a revolutionary movement).
- A revolutionary theory should be considered as equally important to a revolutionary, because without it the latter cannot exist. However, the movement is always our goal and the only reason for theory’s existence.
- Revolutionary theory is necessary for the creation of the movement, but shouldn’t be followed strictly by it; it is only the spring from which the river that will crush the current state of affairs comes into play.
Thus we conclude that resurrection must begin with… theory. A theory critical, practical, inspiring and up to date. This is the only path to the revolutionary movement. But we should never forget:
“Knowing is not enough;
we must apply.
Willing is not enough;
we must do.” – Goethe
Total War Theory
“The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains”. The most powerful phrase the ear of the worker has ever heard is also what introduces us to the theory of war that will be expanded on the next few pages. If we have nothing to lose but our subjection and if class struggle is unending in the current form of society, then our fight against the status quo should be unending, too. We must fight by any means possible and on every field we can. Class war is a total war. Since we are obligated to fight, we will fight to win. Only our victory can end this war. Si vis pacem, para bellum.
Part 3 – The Theoretical Domain will be published soon.