[lbo-talk] Platypus: what we are, what we do, and why

dredmond at efn.org dredmond at efn.org
Fri Apr 9 11:50:21 PDT 2010

On Fri, April 9, 2010 6:38 am, Christopher Cutrone wrote:

> More than 50 years of "Third World" so-called "revolutionary" movements
> have failed to produce any emancipatory results whatsoever.

There were plenty of failures, but also successes. Independence was a good thing, ending colonialism was a good thing -- the social indicators of the industrializing/postcolonial world (a.k.a. 85% of humanity) show enormous progress over the past 50 years. As a whole, human beings live far longer, live far healthier, have far more access to media, and are far better educated today than ever before.

Yes, Capital counterattacked via financial neocolonialism, a.k.a. Euroliberalism and US neoliberalism. But that's not the end of the story. The BRICs are powering up their SWFs and forex reserves, the semiperiphery is waking up from its postcolonial slumber, and the digital commons teems with digital socialisms. It's an amazing time to be alive.

-- DRR

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