Beyond Bourgeois Liberalization: A Pathway to the Future of Socialism

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Over 20 years after Francis Fukuyama’s prediction of “the end of history” the socialist
countries are thriving. Nevertheless, these countries are under constant attack by the forces of
bourgeois liberalization. Bourgeois liberalization claims to be a path forward to modernity, but it
actually leads to social collapse, gangsterism, fascism, and subjugation by imperialism. Bourgeois
liberalization does not lead to genuine modernity; it leads to the capitalist perversion of modernity.
Socialism is the system that works to fulfill the ideals of genuine modernity. Key arguments used
by the bourgeois liberalizers to denigrate socialism are analyzed and refuted: it is shown that in
contrast to capitalism, the shortcomings of socialism are not structural and therefore can be solved
within the socialist system, that markets are compatible with socialist society and are not a sign
of the failure of socialism, and that the current period of development of the socialist countries
is actually faster and more peaceful than comparable periods of development of the capitalist
countries. It is noted that the source of socialism’s superiority is its ability to free humanity from
absolute slavery to the law of value as well as commodity fetishism, fetishism of markets, and
profit maximization. Ten ways that socialism can save civilization are discussed. It is strongly
affirmed that resistance to bourgeois liberalization is an essential condition for preserving the
socialist countries so they can live on to fulfill their civilization-saving potential and contribute
to genuine renewal of the modern world. In conclusion, seven principles for promoting the future
progressive development of socialism are discussed, among the most important are: continuing on
the socialist path, rejecting capitalist markets while perfecting socialist markets, and preserving
the leading role of the communist party.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-176
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Review of Political Economy
Volume3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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