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Re: Are Communist Parties Anti-communist?

Posted by rhaman datulayta on March 9, 2002 at 08:36:31:

In Reply to: Re: Are Communist Parties Anti-communist? posted by Katherine Clouse on December 7, 1998 at 00:35:32:

: When we examine the histories of communist parties that have
: actually come to power we do not see much attempt to actually
: transfer control over the enterprise surpluses to the workers who
: produce that surplus (or, alternatively, perform the surplus
: labor). If communist parties do not foster communism, then why are
: they called communist parties?
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: In twentieth-century China, as in many contemporary
: nation-states, the foundation of a ruling political idealogy is
: flexible. This is both practical and necessary to the survival of an
: authority in a country in which the population exceeds one billlion
: As we see in Mao's interpretation of communism, the ability to
: transform and develop under the auspices of a "permanent revolution"
: is the mean by which to reach a true communist or egalitarian
: system of government and economy. In addition, Mao abandoned the
: Stalinist version of communism primarily because of it's
: inflexibility and rigidity. Mao did not respect the violent and
: oppressive measures used by Stalin to enforce communism throughout
: Russia. This inherant flexiblity can be seen in future Communist
: public policies in China, especially in current policies that
: would seem paradoxical to a contemporary understanding of Communism.
: The Communist party of China is not anti-communist, on the contrary
: they claim to be on the road to communism, via socialism. An
: interpretive measure to be sure, but a smart one. The liberal and
: conservative factions of the Communist party in China have
: fashioned an economy that continues to amaze economists, foreign
: investors and politicians alike. Amidst the Asian economic crisis,
: this so called "anti-communism" (which I contend is really only an
: interpretation of China's version of communism) of the Chinese
: Communist party has prevented a domestic banking crisis, national
: decrease in individual income, rioting at worst, and has even
: surprised the world by maintaing their share of 10% of the world
: GDP.

: Fluidity exists in all manners of political idealogy and Communism
: is no exception. Can we honestly define Communism with any more
: assurance than we can define American democracy? Not a single
: political arena is free of dissention or discord. The truth is,
: communism in China is an interpretation based on history and
: experience. As such, the Chinese economy is a reflection of the
: Communist party's flexible terms for what constitutes a Communist
: economy, which may very well incorporate capitalist economics.
: Therefore, can we condemn China for diverging from a generic term
: of "communism" that is, of course, defined in so many different
: ways, we can hardly begin to singularly identify a Chinese
: communist political idealogy at all?


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