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
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.
Does anyone have any idea if there are online courses run by and for communists, to help acquire a better understanding of theory and practice?
I was thinking that if not, maybe a Moodle instance where people can try things out would be good.
Possibly harebrained: it might be better to just add to Prolewiki when we can.
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.
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.
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.