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Tito lovers of the world, unite!
Anyone here care much about Yugoslavia? I'm pretty interested at the moment, namely because: * worker self management seems rad * pretty cool multiethnic state that balanced minority rights, regional autonomy, and party oversight pretty well * a bit like a red precursor of the EU * property law was radically different and separated nominal ownership (pretty much all the state) from use rights (enterprises etc) in basically the same way old English common land did * choosing industrial democracy over political democracy doesn't seem like a bad choice at all
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Already do. IMF in the 70s and FDI has been preferred to developing domestic companies since thatcher.

Of course, the IMF’s job was to break the labour party and FDI means investment from the US and vain attempts to reclaim some petrodollars.


That’s the kind of thing I’m thinking of, yeah.

I guess the real question is whether or not the privileges I’m referring to will be absorbed by the US to shore up its position (America first) or if they’ll suffer the same thing (eg decline).


Is the UK starting to lose its imperial core privileges?
Due to inflation, energy crisis, worsening pay and conditions, increasingly authoritarian right wing govts, the impending collapse of the NHS, higher education entry criteria choking the number of graduates, etc. I'm reasonably sure the final straw would be a currency crisis. A stable currency *feels* like imperial privilege. Has anything been written on this? The characteristics of imperial core countries, I mean. I'd be interested to know if there are any examples of countries that have ceased to be core countries that have been analysed through a Marxist lense.
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Insulate houses to conserve resources for the revolution and increase the comfort of my comrades by providing them with warm homes.

Edit: other idea:

  • Localised horticulture to provide a wide variety of locally produced produce. Today it is known as market gardening: in the future, social gardening.

That seems pretty hopeful. What’s to stop unions doing what they did in lots of western countries and reaching an accommodation with capital? Or simply falling short of actually revolting


Questions, I have many!

  • Have you considered building it as a Lemmy client rather than a standalone forum?

See: https://join-lemmy.org/docs/en/client_development/custom_frontend.html

In terms of what would be different, UX could focus on eg, surfacing longer comments first, presenting each comment as a thread within a category (which would be a post on Lemmy rather than a community). It could even be a “sticky” forum UX pointed at a single post or set of posts, for instance. That might promote the kind of long running discussions you’re looking for.

  • What features will differentiate it from eg, Discourse? Or other existing forum software?

  • Do you have any plans for helping people make and plan groups?

Longer discussions are, I’d posit, more a result of culture than interface. The cultural enablers here would be things like groups with meetings that offer interaction centred around ML topics. It seems reasonable to assume that better tools for this might help with that change.

Just thoughts - it is awesome that you’re motivated enough to do this!


Right, I guess. I suppose I’m just having trouble connecting the dots - seeing how the quantitative becomes qualitative. Time will tell and all that.

Going back to your earlier comment about (effectively) redistribution, it’d be neat to see a federation of coops who distribute some of their surplus/profits to a foundation or something along those lines. Something to act as a petit-vanguard, developing communist projects that can raise class consciousness and so on. Hard to do though.


What I’d like to know is about ideas that can work on a small scale, outside of AES, and preferably as an exercise in party building. Worker cooperatives don’t seem sufficiently combative (as far as I can see) to cause change. Unions are too battered. But what else could work?


Can anyone give examples of the exploitative nature of the wage relation being abolished?
I've been thinking about what this looks like in practice. My first instinct is Yugoslavian self management, which at least ticks the boxes of surplus not accruing to capitalists and control being exercised democratically (AIUI). My question is, what examples (or plans) do people know of that have (or could) make work less exploitative? I also wonder about worker cooperatives for this, although I'm aware of the argument that such organisations just make workers complicit in their own exploitation, I'm not sure I buy it. Thoughts on that are welcome too.
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This is a good one: https://web.archive.org/web/20220308224623/https://newleftreview.org/issues/ii100/articles/perry-anderson-the-heirs-of-gramsci

If you’re interested in more afterwards, I’d suggest going to newleftreview.org, finding his other articles, and finding them on archive.org. It is a neat paywall bypass for lots of publications.


See my other answer - tl;dr veteran of CPGB, historian and critic. Very influential on the British left in general.


I’ve only read his articles in the London Review of Books and the New Left Review. In the latter he reviews people like Gramsci and those that follow after him, but it is paywalled. He has also reviewed books like Luk van de Midelaar’s Passage to Europe, generally with an identifiably marxist perspective. He’s very influential on the british left and was one of the old CPGB group of historians, alongside people like Eric Hobsbawm and E. P. Thompson.

I’m offline this weekend but could find and share some articles when I’m back if you’re interested.


Yep, based. Anti-nato, anti-imperialist (including French neocolonialism in Africa AIUI), even anti-EU (which he’s right in saying is deeply neolib). Lots of pro-worker policies. Not French but I vaguely follow this guy’s progress.


I'd like to hear people's views on Perry Anderson
He's an old hand in British Marxism, a noted historian and critic. I've been reading his old articles in the New Left Review to try to find interesting books to read (and to get a head start on grasping them critically). What I wonder is whether or not he's a well known (and well regarded) writer internationally. What takes do people here have? Thoughts on NLR are welcome too. I'm keen on it but open to alternatives.
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What are the perks of de-dollarisation?
Western sanctions on Russia are leading to trade being denominated in other currencies between eg, India and Russia. Iran and China are both in on this too. Aside from a general undermining of the US, what are the implications? As far as I can see, some would be: * The US ability to interfere with other countries' foreign currency reserves is severely limited (since those reserves don't need to be in dollars) * The US ability to print endless money might come under pressure, potentially endangering its ability to spend freely on its military * Financialisation and de-industrialisation bite harder as US financial services might become less useful and America has lost much of its advantage in actually making stuff. * Lessened capacity for the US to exert hegemony over other states via fiscal and monetary domination/coercion (a la gramsci) Is that stuff right? And what else is there? PS, sorry if this isn't quite the right community, I'm new here.
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Another fracture in the social media landscape. Good. Also, hi comrades.