Hello comrades and all!
If you were to have the perfect socialist society, how would it be run? What are the characteristics? I want to get people's minds flowing about this sort of thing.
In my ideal socialist society, everyone would be guaranteed a job. No matter what background they came from, the establishment of a National Labor Board or something would coordinate the ability for all Americans to have jobs.
This abstract construction *can* rightfully be called 'idealism' -- but, to me, it's because it's based on an incorrect approach, and thus unsound.
I subscribe to the planning process of 'working backward', meaning that one should start with 'ends' in mind, and then 'work-backward' to find what 'means' could realistically be used to *arrive* at those ends.
In this case, the ends are posited as being 'jobs for all', but I don't think that's realistically accurate, because jobs themselves are just means to something else: productivity.
Rather, I think the *ends* should be 'satisfying human need', which then may or *may not* require jobs -- what if all material-productive processes could be *fully automated*, so that virtually *anything* that people may want could be fully deliverable just from sending an email (as to a sophisticated 3D printer, producing the item without human labor, and the item then delivered by a driverless vehicle).
Honi, be gentle with me...you know I'm not pugnaciously adversarial in these matters, merely perpetually bewildered.
Your quotes read to me as if you are saying, "It doesn't matter how well-intentioned or honourable you are, if you haven't just come from 12 hours straight down the pit or on the factory floor, your opinions are worthless"
So someone could come along (in my mad, utopian and very hypothetical universe) with the answer to all the world's problems, but if it hadn't been built on the back of class struggle and spawned in the mind of a bioler-suited labourer, black with grease and dirt from a full day's manual labours, it should be discarded?
Perhaps the path to enlightenment lies in the rejection of this bizarre reverse-elitism?
Cart - you were having in mind the classical image the 19th century English working class, but that is not what I was referring to. Working class includes both blue-collar workers and a significant proportion of white-collar, clerical and office workers i.e. a majority of what is referred to the middle class. But that's beside the main point we are discussing.
So if someone comes along with all the answers, that's all well and good (and in fact you can see plenty of this in Socialism, Communism and Anarchism subforums here), and these ideas may well be very interesting. It could even be a very stimulating intellectual exercise.
But socialism will not come about simply because we have all the answers or have designed an ideal society in our head. If it is that simple (and I wish it is), why do we need social movements at all? Just ask a group of highly intelligent people to design an ideal system and pray it will somehow come into existence in accordance to our design.
Agreed. The *technocratic* approach may be technologically enlightened, but its inherent elitism over material production is too much of a socio-political *problematic* to be appropriately applicable -- there needs to be a mass-accepted norm, or routine, for political-type inputs from *everyone*, always, regarding anything about socially-necessary production.
In fact, for the sake of argument, even if you have all the answers and have designed an ideal society that we all agree on (which is highly implausible constrained as we are historically and ideologically), it will not come into existence unless social movements - of which the labour movement is the most important because it represents the interests of the vast majority of the population - organise collective struggles to push for these changes.
True, and any 'blueprint'-type approach *is* idealism because it relies-on / requires mass *groupthink* -- like religion -- for its effectiveness, which may diverge from actual material realities (quantities of natural resources that can be readily sourced, etc.).
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It will also be beyond the design of any individual workers, so I am certainly not saying while an intellectual cannot design an ideal socialist society, somehow a worker - simply by being a worker - can. That's why I emphasised any socialist society and its institutions have to be worked out in the process of class struggle (rather than by the design of any workers).
That said, it may be possible to have a far-less-than-final, flexible *framework* of 'known' components that would undoubtedly continue to exist in a post-capitalist social context, things like (liberated) labor, machinery, energy, natural resources, coordination, etc.:http://tinyurl.com/labor-credits-faqhttps://www.revleft.space/vb/threads/20 ... -Questions