As promised, I decided that one of the two proposed replacement Entries for The Work-Standard (2nd Ed.) shall be an entirely new Entry created from scratch and a very important one at that. I personally felt that the best anyone is going to comprehend how I am able to arrive at the conclusions which I had reached throughout the Compendium. The secret is always focus on the concept of Arbeit instead of Kapital, and I even cited an important as to why this is very important.
Introduction to Nietzscheanism-Leninism
“What is Socialism? If we are Socialists, what are we actually fighting for? This question, long a subject of debate on the [‘Political Left’], is receiving even more attention today because of the momentous changes taking place in China and the Soviet Union. Many activists are being challenged by developments in these and other countries to rethink their conceptions of Socialism. Part of the confusion comes from a tendency in the Left to view Socialism as an abstract theoretical issue. Some seek a universal set of principles that ‘define’ Socialism, a checklist which determines if a country is ‘really’ Socialist. Others say Socialism is simply public ownership of the means of production, and other criteria are irrelevant. Still others argue there are no Socialist countries in the world today.-Richard Fleming, Lenin’s Conception of Socialism, ca. 1989
The problem with such approaches is their stress on finding the ‘right definition’ somewhere in the writings of Marx, Engels or Lenin. However, Marx and Engels never provided a detailed picture, nor did Lenin before the October Revolution of 1917. And since the Russian Revolution, there has been a great variety of forms of Socialism in different countries, and even in different periods in the same country[.] In examining Lenin’s history and writings it is clear he had no set conceptions about what Socialism would look like. His views on Socialism changed and developed as he gained experience with the tactics and methods of constructing it. But the thread which runs through Lenin’s writings is his view that Socialism should be a society where the working people control their own fate, a society organized to benefit the vast majority. This view was the foundation for Lenin’s efforts in Socialist construction.”
Everything up until this particular Entry has been about the theoretical basis explaining what the Work-Standard is. Over the course of the previous Entries, important entities and concepts have emerged, but none of them appear to be concrete or even interconnected. The lynchpins keeping everything together are the Constitutionality of the Work-Standard, the Reciprocal Theory of Value (RTV), the Work Theory of Money (WTM) and the Life-Energization Reciprocity (LER) Process. Those four metaphysical concepts serve as the blank canvas by which to describe the “Socialist Nation of the Revolutionary Realm” (aka the ‘Socialist Nation’), the Author’s metaphysical designation for the first country to peg its Currency to the Work-Standard. The Socialist Nation in the rest of the SMP Compendium is not meant to represent a specific country per se; whether it was already under Socialism prior to adopting the Work-Standard is not important. What is important, however, is whether the Socialist Nation’s adoption of the Work-Standard has the potential to affect these United States and the Empire of Liberty due to the fact that the US Dollar is still the World Reserve Currency after the Death of Bretton Woods.
The Intent behind having the Socialist Nation as a blank canvas is made possible by the characteristics of Pure Socialism being its own metaphysical concept as a placeholder. Contrary to the mainstream consensus in Political Science, there has never been a formal, definitive and even authoritative description of what truly constitutes as Socialism. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels never provided a concrete image on what forms would any Socialism assume in the Real World. Their version of Socialism, Scientific Socialism, was as much a critique of Utopian Socialism as it was also a critique of Liberal Capitalism. Unfortunately, as a product of the 19th century’s overemphasis on the natural sciences like Biology and Chemistry, Scientific Socialism has consistently lacked its own Metaphysics to distinguish itself from those of Utopian Socialism (Protestant theology) and Liberal Capitalism (Enlightenment ideals). The consequences had set the precedent for problems like people stereotyping all Socialisms as being a religion promoting values like movement and sameness, an obsessive fixation on petty economic concerns and social ills, advocacy of Social-Democracy or an “advanced form of Liberalism.”
Vladimir Lenin saw these philosophical problems confronting all Socialisms, and it became the overarching theme of his own political philosophy and activism. He referred to this discernible absence of Socialist Metaphysics as “Economism,” what this Author specifically referred to as “Marxism-Lutheranism.” A ‘Religion of Hate’ characterized by the resolute rejection of Socialism’s Affirmation of Life as the Principle of Public Service, Marxism-Lutheranism consistently exhibits theological-like tendencies and idealistic perceptions of Reality that borderline on the Utopian. Its ethical premises are known to have had tendencies to gravitate toward certain economic forms of Antisemitism like the equivocation of all Jews with Kapital, much of which can be traced back to Martin Luther’s On The Jews and Their Lies. This particular trend, once thought to have ended in the Western world during the previous century, is quietly reappearing behind the backdrop of contemporary politics.
Meanwhile, Lenin’s Socialism deserves the fitting designation of “Nietzscheanism-Leninism” here as opposed to its more well-known derivative, ‘Marxism-Leninism’. The latter obscures the little-known connections between Lenin’s own political philosophy and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. It is only through Nietzscheanism-Leninism that a Socialist Metaphysics was finally envisaged in the 20th century, giving rise to a number of Artistic Socialisms created from Pure Socialism as their templates and the Socialist Nation as their goals. Neither Hamiltonian Federalist Socialism nor the Work-Standard would have been possible, had it not been for the Socialist Metaphysics of Nietzscheanism-Leninism. With these distinctions in mind, let us begin our investigation into the specific Metaphysics of the Socialist Nation and Pure Socialism, both of which become elaborated throughout the SMP Compendium.
The Socialist Nation: Areas of Interest
The geographical location of the Socialist Nation will affect how the Work-Standard is implemented and the conditions that its Pure Socialism must overcome. It could be a ‘developed country’ situated somewhere in the Western world or a ‘developing country’ located anywhere outside the Western world. Both preset categories come with their own distinct sets of obstacles and hurdles, all of which need to be overcome by the Totality and their Council State. The SMP Compendium focuses on five broad areas of interest for the Socialist Nation: educational institutions, national economy, financial system, central government, and digital infrastructure.
Developing countries tend to have their youths emigrate to developed countries in order to send Kapital back to their families because the best among them lack the opportunities to build their futures at home, while the rest are at risk of becoming too Americanized thanks to Cultural Imperialism. National economies are dependent on specific natural resources as the primary source of State Revenue, lack sufficient technologies and technical expertise for the production of certain goods and services as well as the necessary infrastructure to facilitate reliable transportation networks and important facilities like schools, hospitals, airports and electrical power plants. The financial system is at a constant disadvantage against the US Dollar, the Euro, the Pound Sterling and the Japanese Yen and must depend on foreign investors and multinational corporations in order to maintain a decent standard of living. The central government is more likely to be struggling to tackle corruption and crime, provide the basic essentials, defend the country against potential enemies and so forth. Its digital infrastructure and telecommunications may not be as fast and reliable as the Western world.
Developed countries are in the opposite situation. Most are suffering from demographic decline, youth underemployment, expensive housing and lower chances of strong families building tight-knit communities. National economies no longer have the manufacturing capabilities that they once had and are now heavily dependent on retail, hospitality and tourism, their latter overdependency causing the Coronavirus Pandemic to have had an easier time spreading throughout the Western world. There is an overreliance on financial services and digital technologies to generate the greatest Quantity of Kapital for the least Quantity of Schuld. Much of the central government’s services have either been privatized, taken over by commercial firms and are becoming increasingly expensive and difficult to maintain like retirement pensions.
The Socialist Nation is going to be confronted with a wide variety of challenges that are technological and financial in nature. Those two areas are what allow these disparities to persist for developing and developed countries. If the Socialist Nation is outside the Western world, it lacks the technical and financial capabilities to be self-sufficient and less dependent on the Western world. After all, its hopes for gaining a higher standard of living entails exporting cheap raw materials to the Western world. Dealing with environmental damage and resource depletion, in addition to not being diplomatically isolated, will be crucial.
Conversely, if the Socialist Nation happens to be situated inside the Western world, the impressively high standard of living in most Western countries will never be sustainable without cheap sources of petroleum for countless different applications, ranging from agricultural petrochemicals and disposable plastics to synthetic rubber and electrical power. It also does not help that so much of everyday life is geared toward the excessive consumption of imported goods and services that are often fueled by limitless amounts of Kapital and Schuld.
Whether the Socialist Nation is contending with the misallocations of resources and manpower or the building up of necessary economic and financial firepower, the Work-Standard is capable of providing the means of production required to achieve those goals. Once the Currency is pegged to the Work-Standard, Kapital will no longer define the everyday realities of the Totality, its replacement by Arbeit warranting the need to pursue a very different set of priorities. There is an entirely different way of life capable of being brought into existence, complete with its own set of values, customs, attitudes and outlook. Everything else is related to how Self intends to live their lives as an Individual interacting with the Totality and the State.
Pure Socialism: Values of Life-Affirmation
The real beauty of Pure Socialism, of how this Author is able to create entirely distinct terms, concepts and ideas related to the Work-Standard, lies in its own ability to transcend the concept of Arbeit itself into the realm of Socialist Metaphysics. Therein lies the idea of “Socialist Finance” introducing the possibility of creating not only a Socialistic Mode of Production and a Socialistic Mode of Being, but also a “Socialist Financial Technology (Socialist Fintech).” Even better is the prospect of the Socialist Nation adopting the Gestalt (Form) of the Proletarian Arbeiter and rejecting the Bourgeois Consumer of Liberal Capitalism. Arbeit has the potential to revolutionize our conventional everyday understandings of ‘economic growth,’ ‘standard of living,’ ‘returns on investment,’ ‘wealth inequality,’ ‘economic freedom’, ‘competition’, and other terms which are still capable of having their Liberal Capitalist essences removed and replaced with proper equivalents. Under the Work-Standard, these terms and more will assume different forms, definitions, expressions and manifestations in the Socialist Nation. The best way to discern the extent to which these changes are happening is to determine how well they relate to Arbeit.
Consider the familiar concept of ‘economic growth’ for instance. Most mainstream economists define and measure it in terms of Kapital Accumulation, characterized by quantitative increases in the mass production of goods and services intended for mass consumption. Since Kapital is created from a Liberal Capitalist Financial Regime, a “Fractional-Reserve Banking System,” where there is Kapital Accumulation in the mass production, there is also a corresponding Schuld Accumulation in the ensuing mass consumption. Everything here is meant to be an unnatural identification of oneself based on what they bought or sold to somebody else.
When recontextualized in the dominion of Arbeit, ‘economic growth’ assumes an entirely different interpretation. Here, the term itself has become associated with the Sustainability in the production of goods and services and the need to maintain their overall Quality against the growing Frequency of transactions for those goods and services. Those goods and services do not materialize out of nothingness, a harsh realization that suddenly dawned on the Western world by COVID-19 and the Great Recession. Somebody had to have created these same goods and services under a limited timeframe and with a similarly limited amount of resources. Unlike Kapital and Schuld, all of these factors will now be easier to comprehend once exposed to the interplay between Arbeit and Geld as the creation of newfound wealth whilst trying to overcome the aforementioned limitations. Even better is the possibility of conceiving a distinct conception of ‘competition’ revolving around the highest Quality of Arbeit to yield the least Quality of Geld, with ‘returns on investment’ being related to the commitments of Life-Energy by everyone involved.
The sooner one adopts this sort of instinctual inclination, the sooner it becomes feasible for anyone and everyone to be transforming Pure Socialism into their very own Artistic Socialism. Everything will fall into place as the Self and the Totality begin accustoming themselves to their new-old lives, their interactions with Arbeit and Geld governed by a metaphysical “State of Total Mobilization” as the Council State itself. The pegging of the Currency to the Work-Standard gradually revolutionizes the Socialist Nation’s educational institutions, national economy, financial system, central government, and digital infrastructure. Today, it is no longer about ‘when’ the Socialist Nation will be a possibility. Tomorrow, the question is how the Socialist Nation steps into Reality, challenges Neoliberalism’s worldwide hegemony as a sovereign national polity, and dethrones the US Dollar from its lofty Commanding Heights as the World Reserve Currency.