Ben Seattle and myself were present. A basic issue for ongoing discussion came up. This is different understanding of Ben and myself on what the crisis of revolutionary theory is and where we stand in terms of where that theory is now.
Basically Ben's view is that what is needed as a viable political and economic alternative to bourgeois rule has in some outline already been figured out.
My disagreement with this is that while there is a basis for such alternative(s)
Ethics and reality. How do we know what we claim to know and what is the moral content of this knowledge? Relation of doing right to truth:
This is the issue as I see it of philosophy in relation to revolution. Basically there is the question of a social--scientific basis for revolution. This is something that the Marx--Lenin--Mao tradition in marxism claims has been achieved in the works of these theorists. There are some problems. One is the prediction of
Outline of areas of theory that are problematic to clarify my own thoughts and stimulate discussion:
1-- Ethics and reality. How do we know what we claim to know and what is the moral content of this knowledge? Relation of doing right to truth.
2-- Political economy of:
a-- role of technology developing in direction of life-like behavior alongside environmental crises
b-- transition to classless society.
3-- Theory of the state:
Since we got together starting in December we have continued meeting regularly, which is itself a good thing. A couple of us have begun posting regularly (here on revleft).
We have clarified discussion around several topics such as to have partial unity concerning the group itself.
We are working on a name and mission statement, which still need to be finalized, but we have made progress.
A particular area of commitment I would like to point out is our commitment
Three of us met May 2. Ben ,Y and myself.
During May we are planning to post (as individuals) first annual reports on the progress, plans and goals of our group so far.
I asked Ben to provide information on his views on the relation of rising productivity of labor and working class revolution. He raised this issue recently, I believe on Kronsteen's blog here at revleft.
Two of us have committed to posting 100 words per week related to this work. I raised that