Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Cottrell & Cockshott

On Economics

One really interesting aspect of the contemporary left-wing intelligentsia is their complete, almost ritualistic unwillingness to define exactly how the economic system of their future socialist world would be managed. It is almost as they are caving into the mythos of bourgeoisie prejudices about socialists as confused utopians. Modern socialists are given a piedestal of feelings, of soft politics, while the liberals reserve economics as their domain (and the left largely complies, mostly because the leftist intelligentsia are stooges and useful idiots for the globalist agenda).

To add it on, the current left-wing intelligentsia seems to be allergic against mathematics and clear definitions. When, if ever, it is pressured to talk about economics, it pukes up the mandatory references to Marx without ever mentioning that the alienation from labor is not solved through more labor but from automatisation brought by capitalism, causing unemployment thus proletarising the population, and that the communist society will be one digital, automatised society. The modern authorities on socialist economic theory, apart from Marx and Keynes(!), are Michael Albert, Murray Bookchin and Amartya Sen, who reminds of the three apes in that famous sculpture. Albert and Bookchin are positive towards creating a system where the labor intensity of the work determines the output in consuming ability - something which is outright idiotic since it would reward inefficient types of production. Sen is just talking about social capital and other new labourite rethorics. Some are talking about fair trade which essentially is a dress of christian guilt put on laissez faire free-trade, mixtured with charity.

CRAP intends to form the vanguard and basis for a new socialist Europe. Therefore, it is essential that we are employing the most modern and pragmatic socialist economic theories and empirically validates them towards reality in order to produce an economic environment adjusted to the interests of the European working class. Therefore, since technological development and geo-strategical resources are constantly switching hands, we cannot tell exactly how our economy will work, but we could offer some blueprints.

We should discuss "hard economics", not the "soft economics" of social welfare in this article.

Initially, our economic policies will be directed towards nationalising the energy sector, and make Europe self-sufficient on energy. That is a federal, strategic interest of enormous proportions.

Thereafter, we should increase the strength of our labor unions by giving them control over the productive forces of labor and including all industrious in their profession, thus turning the unions to syndicates, corporations or guilds. Note that would also fulfill some modern anarchist and syndicalist goals, in a BETTER way than those groups are able to formulate by themselves.

Thirdly, we should institute a grand council of representatives of all these syndicates to determine and follow up the economic development of Socialist Europe. In short, it would be central planning but with some market socialist functions.

Last, we would abolish the market system at it's core, and completely turn over to planning. But not central planning - but CYBERNETIC, integral planning of Cottrell and Cockshott. These two, one economist and a programmer, has formulated a new economic system which went largely ignored by the left-wing intelligentsia because of it's rationality and it's focus on mathematics.

CRAP is different. We are appreciating brilliance, and not silencing the part of the creative class which is known as "nerds". Inventors are naturally socialists since capitalism is limiting them and regressing their inventions.

Here is the manifesto of Cottrell and Cockshott, which must be as important for the modern marxism of CRAP as the Krutov manifesto.

When you, as a CRAP activist, is pressured about our long-term goals of socialist economic planning, you will see that this book is of great help.


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