Jarvis32 sends me this link to a lecture by Karatani Kōjin at Stanford in October, 2007. Writes Mr. Jarvis:
Finally, a theory that both socialist and anarchist can agree on. Karatani Kōjin calls it associationism. In many ways it’s similar to Chomsky’s libertarian socialism, which advocates the abolition of both capitalism and the state.
Marx predicted that in a socialist society the state would eventually disappear. So far, things haven’t quite worked out that way. Marx failed to see that a) the state is an autonomous entity which is not contingent on capitalism and b) many social evils (particularly war, militarism, etc.) are attributable not to capital, private property or free trade, but to the Leviathan state itself.
Taking such anti-statist critiques into account, Professor Karatani proposes associationism, which has its roots in the early anarchism/socialism that arose in the wake of the European Revolutions of 1848.
OK. That’s enough talking. Now watch the lecture series, courtesy of Professor Indra Levy. Oh, and also read Slavoj Žižek’s review of Karatani’s Transcritique: On Kant and Marx.