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Articles:
Socialism in an Era of Social Psychosis
An Introduction to The New Socialism
The New Socialism - Socialism with Soul
Germany and Anglo-Saxon Capitalism
The Relational Revolution
Socialism beyond ‘Left’  and  ‘Right’
Socialism as Subversive Spirituality
‘Scientific Socialism’ and The Soul

Psycho-Political Awareness
The Madness of the Market
In Memory of Ivan Illich
Secret Societies
The Body Politic (Poem)
Contradictions of Global Capitalism

Countering Global Capital
The New Socialism and ‘The War Against Terror’
GCSE Politics - The Terrorism Test
In Defence of Civilised Values
Why Marx was Right - Capitalism's Big Lies
Towards a New Socialist Theocracy
Medicine, Therapy or Human Relations Revolution

Contributions from Readers and Other Sources:
Work Kills more People than War  
On the Road to Civil War (Uri Avnery)
The Overcoming of Marxism (Michael Kosok)
A Mexican Manifesto

The Occult Roots of the Russian Revolution

Books:

Deep Socialism


Review:
 
The subtitle of DEEP SOCIALISM, "A New Manifesto of Marxist Ethics and Economics", could be seen as presumptuous - if it didn't describe the simple truth. Author Peter Wilberg has an impressive talent for communicating extensive increments of potentially complex information in a non-intimidating format that is both motivating and readily accessible to the general reader. Although building upon a traditional Marxist structure, he not only explains that structure to non-students of Marxism, but also expands & revitalizes that structure to make it relevant to the current era. The author's analysis & renovation in this regard recommend his work as must-read material to all committed Marxists as well.
Full review at
www.gnostics.com/deepsocialism.html


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Socialism in an Era
of
Social Psychosis


In the Communist Manifesto, written over a century ago, Karl Marx predicted the inexorable globalisation of capitalism. In the opening lines of Das Kapital, Marx speaks of capitalism presenting itself primarily as an accumulation of commodities – and of the defining feature of capitalist market economy being that human labour – and with it the human being itself – is itself transformed into a commodity to be bought, sold and used.

Marx’s analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalism have become more evident today than at the time he wrote. We all see today that the interests of global capital and its ‘bottom line’ are irreconcilable with the need to protect the earth from climate change, to reduce the gulf between rich and poor countries and strata of society, to eradicate the roots of crime and terrorism, to overcome the epidemics of ‘stress’, ‘mental illness’, ‘anti-social’ behaviour, to prevent cultural degeneracy and ‘dumbing down’, to halt the decline in verbal and emotional literacy, and with it, the growing incapacity of human beings to experience deep spiritual intimacy with others. 

The result is an era of ‘globalisation’ which Teresa Brennan has correctly characterised as one of social psychosis. This social psychosis is the direct result of the total commodification, consumerisation and marketisation of all aspects of human life, together with the total devaluation of all deep human values, their transformation into subjugation to ‘shareholder values’, and their transformation into brand values attached to things – consumer commodities.

 The subject as producer sells himself and his energy to the system (and the given) without care and concern for the products, which somehow have their own life, prostrating himself as a slave to their production, while the worker as consumer buys and takes the products from the system (and the given), telling the system to “go screw itself”. Alienation as self-alienation takes the form of setting one aspect of consciousness against the other, giving rise to a dynamics of alternately using and being used, exploiting and being exploited, … objectifying and being objectified.
 Michael Kosok

Where life is reduced to using and being used, no wonder that social psychosis manifests itself in every conceivable variety of ‘abuse’ – whether through violence and war, individual and state terrorism, torture and physical abuse, religious and sexual abuse, drug and the abuse of psychiatry and medicine to suppress all the individual symptoms of a sick society. All this is backed up by a constant abuse of education, marketing and the media to turn human beings into culturally ignorant wage slaves on the one hand, and autistic consumers or ‘users’ on the other. 

In the era of social psychosis that has resulted from the globalisation of capitalism, it is no longer possible to achieve revolutionary social change or revolution through political means alone. For politics itself has become marketised – resulting in a situation in which political ideologies and parties of all colours are themselves marketed and sold as commodities. As a result:

One either functions within the system, accepting it, or one functions outside the system, rejecting and attacking it, but the system itself remains un-transformed.
Ibid.

As a result, revolutionary socialism, in the era of social psychosis, can no longer take the form of political activism, for in this situation:

  ….any one-sided action is always a passive reaction to a given.

 Conformity means simple acceptance of the given while rebellion means simple rejection of the given; both are therefore reactive mechanisms to the given.

 Indeed the highest form of normalcy functions by simultaneously permitting both acceptance and rejection, conformity and rebellion, playing off one against the other without transcending either.

 Ibid.

What is required is a ‘socialism with soul’ – a socialism that rescues human subjectivity from the essence of ‘abuse’ – the alienation of alternately or simultaneously using and being used, exploiting and being exploited, objectifying and being objectified, violating and being violated, terrorising and being terrorised, persecuting and being persecuted, attacking and being attacked, judging and being judged.

The revolutionary must always attempt to overcome one’s continual tendency to simply react passively and one-sidedly in the static and contradictory modalities of mere acceptance versus rejection, or the mechanical game of either conformity or destruction, of judging either true or false. A revolutionary transcends judgement as an end in itself and is concerned with transformation, conversion, salvation and resurrection in the deepest sense.

The only truly revolutionary means to the overcoming of social psychosis is the deepening and expansion of what Mike Kosok, like Martin Buber, termed ‘inter-subjectivity’ – a deepened recognition of and relation to the other as a subject or soul and not as an object or thing. Paradoxically, this deepening of inter-subjectivity – of  the immediate relations between one human being and another - can only serve as a means to a revolutionary ‘end’ as long as it is not itself reduced to a mere means to any end but instead valued as an end in itself – as the very essence of ‘revolution’ in the age of social psychosis.

Peter Wilberg

 



























































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An Introduction to
The New S
ocialism

Anti-War 
Anti-Wage
Anti-Waste
Anti-McWork
Anti-McWorld
For  Spiritual Individualism
For Deep Values not Brand Values
For Total Pacifism and Non-Violence
For a Revolution in Human Relations
For the Re-ensoulment of Life and Science
For Free Creative Labour not Wage Slavery
For Equal Remuneration of all forms of Labour
For an End to the Medicalisation of Social Dis-ease
For Free Associations in Cooperative Enterprises
For the Global Levelling of Living Standards
For Total Respect towards all Life Species
For Quality of Life not Quantity of Profit

“From Each According to their Ability,
To Each according to their Need.”
Karl Marx

The New Socialism is ‘anti-world’ – against the sham global ‘world’ of corporate capitalism – a ‘McWorld’ that turns everything of spiritual value in the human soul into a commodity.
The New Socialism is also anti-wage and anti-work. For ‘work’ in capitalism is neither creative nor fulfilling. Instead it is wage-slavery and it is also waste manufactured in the name of economic growth – the waste of both natural resources and creative human potentials in the overproduction of near identical and often entirely unnecessary consumer products.
The New Socialism is anti-waste and anti-war, war being itself the waste of human and non-human life and the waste of economic and natural resources for the manufacture and marketing of military hardware - all in the service of competition for those resources and for economic markets. The New Socialism is thus also anti-weaponry – in particular all those Weapons of Mass Destruction hypocritically monopolised by the major capitalist world powers. The destruction of other life species and the endangerment of the human species itself is conducted by global capitalism in the name of world economic progress. Thus today it would seem inconceivable for a politician, political party or movement to advocate a retreat from this ‘progress’ - from economic growth, employment, individual consumption and ‘living standards’ in the industrialised capitalist world. Yet this is precisely what is required to overcome the vast intra- and international inequalities of wealth and living standards generated by global capitalism, and to create genuine quality of life for all those whose lives are dominated by uncreative work compensated only by wasteful consumption.
The New Socialism is anti-world, anti-war, anti-waste, anti-wage, anti-work and therefore also anti-worship. For the only ‘god’ that capitalist culture recognises is Mammon – the god of quantitative economic value. Its only true commandment is to worship that god by any and all means possible – up to and including the total devaluation of all authentic spiritual values, the total degradation of the human being, and the total ecological devastation of the earth. But the most important form of worship that capitalism demands is ‘work’ or ‘employment’ – in other words wage slavery. Hence its greatest religious sin is ‘non-employment’ or ‘economic inactivity’. In a sick world, sickness and disability have become forms of bodily protest against spiritually debilitating work. The human body has become the principal 'conscientious objector' to all that is soul-destroying in our society  - hence the endless attempt to wage war on illness through new drugs, genetic manipulation and medical technologies rather than understanding its social meaning.
The New Socialism recognises that what is religiously promoted as 'freedom' and 'democracy' by the champions of global capitalism disguises outright economic totalitarianism - not only the subordination of politics and politicians to the economics of the market but the daily subordination of individual wage- and salary-slaves to their executive autocrats and to the totally undemocratic corporate cults and dictatorships they are forced to labour for. As for 'freedom of expression' or even 'freedom to protest', this disguises the outright censorship and brainwashing brought about by corporate media monopolies and the corporate interests they serve - not least the military-industrial complex of U.S. global imperialism with its intrinsic investment in war and in the expansion of  U.S. economic and cultural totalitarianism.

Peter Wilberg

 
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