The rapidly increasing technological boom of the productive forces can but only constitute an increase in the contradictions between the two antagonistic social classes in our society: the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. In the past 30 years we have witnessed the most rapid increase in the revolutionizing process of the productive forces on account of the bourgeoisie. We know that, according to Marx, that “The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society.” The period in time where these antagonisms become most apparent in the most advanced capitalistic countries (not the backward countries which made revolution in the 20th century due specifically to the conditions of imperialism) came far later than Marx predicted, indeed we are living in the era Marx spoke of. It must be said that Marx was no mystical prophet, all he did was analyze the workings and inner mechanisms of the capitalist system scientifically and come to a conclusion. But there can be no doubt that we are in the era of the coming socialist revolution. Not because these social antagonisms increase and flux as they always do, but for several key reasons (and I’m sure I am leaving some out):
1.) Capitalism has revolutionized society (just as Marx knew it would), but in doing so it has raped the earth or more specifically; the prospects of future human development on the earth. If capitalism continues (even with regulations) it will bring an end to all human life on earth.
2.) In the past it could always be said by bourgeois economists that one key benefit of capitalism was that, even after 25 years or so of dictatorship, it always led to the development of a liberal democratic republic (bourgeois democracy). But now even bourgeois economists are admitting that the most efficient capitalistic countries today are ‘not’ democratic countries, but in the most authoritarian countries, take China for instance. This so-called Capitalism with Asian Values (no relation to race but to region) is far exceeding the productive capacity of the (now dying) Social-Democratic countries in Europe, Neoliberal capitalism of the United States, and Latin American capitalism. If capitalism continues, it will continue to gradually become divorced from democracy altogether.
3.) The aforesaid rapid increase in technological (and general commodity) innovation is the only way the bourgeoisie can exist. This rapid increase is bound to bring with it a rapid increase in the contradiction between the two social classes of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. (For example: Wages have not increased with productivity -as they always have- since the early 1970’s, income inequality is higher than it has ever been, minimum wage is not enough to survive if living alone.) This will inevitably lead to socialism (a broad term) in one form or another.