- Capitalism and Alternatives -
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Posted by: Stoller on January 16, 19100 at 01:45:18:
In Reply to: I agree with you that music should be something that everyone can engage in posted by David on January 15, 19100 at 11:47:42:
: Alright Barry, I understand your stance now. And I agree with you that music should be something that everyone can engage in, among other intellectual activities. Now, do you think that music that was created during the renaissance and even in our present era would still be prevalent in a socialist society? For instance, in your future socialist society full of job rotation and neighborly love, would I still be able to, say, get a recording of Rigoletto? I doubt you would want to emulate China's approach to "bourgeoisie" music. I noticed the part about "sweeping aside bourgeois relations-- and bourgeois ideology" and I won't jump to conclusions about how it would be pursued in the realm of art.
No one defended keeping the bourgeois art (indeed, all cultural and scientific gains) of the bourgeois more ardently than Lenin and Trotsky.
However, to answer your specific question ('would I still be able to, say, get a recording of Rigoletto?'), you might want to consider a democratic conception of production in which the products that are made (in the socialist furture) will be determined by the worker's themselves (instead of the 'profit motive,' market anarchy, etc.). What this means is that if enough people want recordings of Rigoletto enough to MAKE THEM, then there will be plenty of recordings of Rigoletto. If only one or two people wanted them, then , fine, they could make them---with the means available to one or two people. Get it? I mean, if only I wanted Lenin's collected works, you wouldn't want to have to print them for me, would you?