Theses on Decadence and Decomposition

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Theses on Decadence and Decomposition

Theses on Decadence and Decomposition

-The ascendancy period of capitalism is the expansion of the capitalist mode of production, in other words the objective development of the non-capitalist productive forces by entering the capitalist production cycle.

-When the capitalist market became the world market, the ascendancy period of capitalism came to an end. Capitalism's capability to develop the productive forces is nothing more than expanding the capitalist mode of production. When capitalism is unable to form new markets, when the market became the whole world, it can't ascend any further, it can't develop productive forces as there aren't any which it can include to the capitalist cycle, as the capitalist relations of production spread to the whole world completely, it is impossible to develop the productive forces.

-The economic model of the ascendancy period of capitalism which depends on to new markets and expanding the capitalist mode of production by including all productive forces to the capitalist cycle becomes completely useless when this expansion is completed. This uselessness shows itself in the loss of value: what is produced isn't sold enough as it is impossible for capital to expand on new markets.

-The "solution" capital developed against this problem is imperialist war which is not made for markets as wars were used to be but it is made in order to cause the destruction of the productive forces. The loss of value problem of decadent capitalism causes the following cycle: imperialist war, reconstruction, extremely deepened economic crisis and as a result imperialist war again and so forth...

- State capitalism (corporatism, Keynesianism, Stalinism etc.) is the most suitable model for both mobilization for imperialist war and the reconstruction process. This system and its variations provide the idea economic model of decadent capitalism. Investment is focused on non-productive sectors, both as an attempt to control the loss of value by using the purchasing power of those who work in those sectors and what is produced in those sectors are used for political purposes. Living conditions of the working class and unemployment are attempted to be controlled and determined by social security and similar mechanisms. Class struggle which provides a constant threat to capitalism and which always exists in decadent capitalism is attempted to be controlled by the unions which has only one function: organizing the working class as variable capital. In the end, the deepening period of the crisis, in other words the decadent capitalist economy is attempted to be controlled. The sole purpose of this model is the survival of the capitalist system in the short term.

- After the second imperialist world war, a third world war did not take place (because the destruction it would bring would make it harmful even to capital?) between existing imperialist blocks. The dissolving of the imperialist blocks made this war impossible. In the absence of imperialist world war, constant local imperialist wars appear. Nevertheless those wars are not capable of taking the place of the old cycle.

-As a result of the impossibility of the world-wide imperialist war, decadent capitalism entered the phase of decomposition. The loss of control in unemployment, social security and similar systems starting to harm the capitalist economy, ongoing wars and destruction without reconstruction, damage done on natural resources prove that there are only two options for humanity: either a return to barbarism, or the communist world revolution.