In a few posts, these three in particular, I speculated about some issues with regard to the role of political reformism in shaping capitalism, and reformism in social movements in the present in the United States.

I just read part eight (!) of this piece by Loren Goldner and these bits get at what I’ve been trying to articulate. Goldner provides several examples of times when radicals have “been essential to capitalism in reshaping it for a new phase of accumulation,” adding that without a radical working class “explosion, the social movements will only be, as they have seemed so far to be in Latin America, mere adjuncts to a newly reconstituted capitalist state,” adding that “[i]f world capitalism manages to reconstitute a viable framework of accumulation out of the current crisis, many of the new social movements (…) will have played such a role. The polemical fire of the World Social Forum and lesser venues is mainly aimed mainly at neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism, not at capitalism and nor the global Keynesians Stiglitz, Sachs, Soros, Krugman et al. who are among the leading candidates to reshape a future capitalist restructuring at the expense of the working class and its potential allies, as their predecessor J.M. Keynes helped do in the 1930s and 1940s.” The piece has lots of examples to support this analysis as well as to support the claims to possibilities for “the emerging next proletarian offensive.” I would only add that I think radical uprisings of the working class/proletarian offensives have also sometimes played an active role in “capitalist restructuring at the expense of the working class.”