against narratives of necessity

Chino’s Revolution

A revolutiona
ry movement today must
pursue revolution on a world scale, over
and above the consolidation of a new s
ocial s
ystem in any individual state.
The spread of
global production chains makes any attempt to create a revolutionary society with
in the
bounds of a single state increasingly incoherent. Submerged in a capitalist world market,
and intimately reliant on commodity production from all
corners of the globe, no
state
will be able to develop a
qualitatively
new
society
within its borders a
lone.
The
disastrous
experience of “socialism in one country
demonstrates
that a global
revolutionary transformation can only unfold starting
from
a large
world
region,
and
encompassing
some portion of advanced capitalist
production
.
Today’s rev
olutionari
es
must
certainly
work to
maintain
and expand
rebel territories
that allow for revolutionary
activity
, on whatever scale
. But we must
also
cast aside
the illusion of building
“socialism” within these enclaves
, and
maintain unwavering and critical analysis
of
the
relations of production and reproduction operating
within them
.
Our
strategy
must begin
on the level of trade blocs and hemispheres
.
Today as in the past, a revolutionary movement must pursue a world in which
everyone enjoys control over the means of production. However, this society cannot be
brought about simply by transferring juridical ownership of capitalist enterprises to a
ru
ling party or state, which then purports to represent the proletariat through a correct
political line. Such arrangements preserve capitalist relations of exploitation, thus
generating daily and hourly the capitalist value and social power used to strangle
revolutionary social transformation itself. A revolution can only be
affected
by
a far
reaching transformation the social relationships through which masses of people produce
and reproduce human life, day after day. This must be the goal at which revoluti
onaries
aim, and the standard by which we judge the changes
wrought
by mass movements and
ruptures.
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