Academic journal article World Review of Political Economy

Beyond Bourgeois Liberalization: A Pathway to the Future of Socialism

Academic journal article World Review of Political Economy

Beyond Bourgeois Liberalization: A Pathway to the Future of Socialism

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Abstract: Over 20 years after Francis Fukuyama's prediction of "the end of history" the socialist countries are thriving. Nevertheless, these countries are under constant attack by the forces of bourgeois liberalization. Bourgeois liberalization claims to be a path forward to modernity, but it actually leads to social collapse, gangsterism, fascism, and subjugation by imperialism. Bourgeois liberalization does not lead to genuine modernity; it leads to the capitalist perversion of modernity. Socialism is the system that works to fulfill the ideals of genuine modernity. Key arguments used by the bourgeois liberalizers to denigrate socialism are analyzed and refuted: it is shown that in contrast to capitalism, the shortcomings of socialism are not structural and therefore can be solved within the socialist system, that markets are compatible with socialist society and are not a sign of the failure of socialism, and that the current period of development of the socialist countries is actually faster and more peaceful than comparable periods of development of the capitalist countries. It is noted that the source of socialism's superiority is its ability to free humanity from absolute slavery to the law of value as well as commodity fetishism, fetishism of markets, and profit maximization. Ten ways that socialism can save civilization are discussed. It is strongly affirmed that resistance to bourgeois liberalization is an essential condition for preserving the socialist countries so they can live on to fulfill their civilization-saving potential and contribute to genuine renewal of the modern world. In conclusion, seven principles for promoting the future progressive development of socialism are discussed, among the most important are: continuing on the socialist path, rejecting capitalist markets while perfecting socialist markets, and preserving the leading role of the communist party.

Key words: bourgeois liberalization; socialism; communism; socialist market economy; law of value; fetishism of commodities

Despite many years of ridiculously overconfident claims by capitalist pundits regarding the end of both ideology and history, it has become increasingly clear that humankind is still confronted by the stark contrast between the socialist road and the capitalist road, between modernization through socialist methods and capitalist methods.

It is truly astonishing how much things have changed in a little over two decades. At one time, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the cream of the bourgeois intellectual crop were falling over themselves to embrace Francis Fukuyama, the guru of the "end of history" movement, who wrote in 1989:

What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind's ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government. (1989: 5)

At the time, Fukuyama was a court philosopher at the RAND Corporation, a federally funded think tank that advises the US government on military strategy. Fukuyama enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame, and predictably nothing much has been heard from him since. In the meantime, history has taught those bourgeois intellectuals who care to pay attention that history has definitely not ended. Socialism is ascendant in Asia, and the capitalist world has entered a period of precipitous decline. The choice between socialism and capitalism is still the world historical issue of our time, and humankind will be dealing with its repercussions far into the future.

If the pompous pronouncements of the bourgeois intellectuals had any truth to them, the question of socialism versus capitalism would have been settled in favor of the latter many years ago. But capitalism has not won out, and socialism has not and will not disappear. On the contrary, socialist theory and practice have continued to thrive. …

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