Substitute “wages” in place of “value” …
In this passage, Postone employs the term, value, but he essentially means wages.
As long a communists are unwilling to confront the wages system itself, they are making a choice — unconsciously — for barbarism, i.e., for fascism. This is unacceptable.
“Within the framework of the approach outlined here, the growing anachronistic character of value in the absence of a widespread imaginary of a future beyond value – that is, a post -proletarian future – is having enormously destructive economic, social, political, and environmental consequences. It is capital itself, in its development, which is confronting us with the increasingly stark choice of socialism or barbarism.” -Moishe Postone, The Current Crisis and the Anachronism of Value: A Marxian Reading