China and ‘socialism’: …”Give me a Break!” (marxmail)
We need failsafed terminology and specific definitions of noun-abstractions: relative to our DMNC model China is neither democracy, nor socialist nor (neo-)communist, over and out.
Seen from Beijing the storming of the Capitol looked like a failed coup, a botched but serious attempt to upend US politics. Now, a book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa claims US General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army not once but twice. First on October 30, 2020, just four days before the election. The second call took place on January 8, two days after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Milley sought to assure Li that the United States was stable and not going to attack. However, he said, if there were to be an attack, he would alert his counterpart ahead of time. Schizophrenic? This places Li in an impossible position. How does he tell his boss, Xi Jinping? He would have to inform the Chinese president that a US general had just said that they won’t attack with nuclear weapons but if they do they will be notified. Can you trust him to let you know? Is it a veiled threat? At the very least you would have to put your forces on alert.
China did far better than the US idiot state on covid. Time to rub it in.
Although the reality of the pandemic crisis is repressed from consciousness and ‘censored’ indirectly in the news, the tragic reality of the US’ monumental failure on the control of covid lurks as a challenge to whole American democratic muddle. A democracy should be able to do better than China’s almost complete control of the disease but the current reality is that China has been relatively hugely successful in controlling the disease where the US has failed miserably leaving the spectacle of a nearly psychotic social state. This will counted by some as a deficit in the democratic ethos, but the US democracy is in fact nothing of the kind and the covid failure really shows American democracy so-called corrupted at multiple levels by mysterious insanities, not least the deliberate attack on vaccines and masks by conservative nutjob pols.
Even so the disaster counts against American democratic fantasies and forebodes one of two revolutionary outcomes, from the left…or, the alright…
China Coronavirus update with statistics and graphs: total and new cases, deaths per day, mortality and recovery rates, current active cases, recoveries, trends and timeline.
Back in March, the World Health Organisation’s report on the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic coronavirus confirmed something that had long been widely presumed. Since the pandemic began, there has been an enormous virus hunt in China. The purpose of this hunt has been to find the viruses intermediate between SARS-CoV-2 and its coronavirus relatives More
I think the title is wrong here, but the book is a highly useful perspective, however correct, on the enigma of China, its history, and distinct characteristics.
The problem with China is that it isn’t a communism: it is a Stalinist construct whose beginning was a massacre of one million capitalists. Such a system can never be a model and I would that it is basic a system based on terror. Unfair?
Check out my DMNC model: all systems, including US and China are (degenerate versions of that model); the us has democracy in quotes, markets with a vengearnc, a bit of planning, a few nationalized tidbits, and no Commons. China has no democracy, capitalist colonialis markets, state capitalism but no Commons, and lots of planning
Bo0th systems here fail because they are fragments of DMNC.
The Three Revolutions of the Chinese Communist Party
By Walden Bello.
After a visit to the new Soviet Union in the 1930s, the American journalist Lincoln Steffens famously wrote, “I have seen the future and it works.” In a similar manner, China’s startling success has captivated many outside China.
One of those most mesmerized is the Columbia University economics professor Jeffrey Sachs. Sachs has done a complete turnaround from his early days as a champion of the free-market “Washington Consensus” in the 1980s and 1990s. In a recent talk with United Nations officials, Sachs claimed that “China shows a path for how it is possible to make profound transformations for well-being in a short period of time.”
Sachs, who has been accused by some of his colleagues of “channeling Xi Jin Ping,” is just one of a bevy of liberal and progressive western economists who no longer have any hope that a U.S. economy ruined by neoliberal policies that have fostered deindustrialization, out-of-control financial speculation, and spectacular inequality (with 50 per cent of the population having access to only 12 percent of the wealth) has much of value to offer the global South. China, on the other hand, is seen as the new North Star, the country most capable of providing global leadership for a strategy that Sachs calls “sustainable development.”
But China has not embraced Sachs’ “sustainable development,” nor has it promoted what some western economists have deluded themselves into thinking of as China’s response to the neoliberal Washington Consensus: the so-called Beijing Consensus. When it comes to what China has to offer the world, Beijing has gone out of its way to say it is not prescribing a model for other countries. Indeed, it has gone to some lengths to claim that what Deng Xiaoping called “socialism with Chinese characteristics” is a state-guided capitalist system unique to China and probably non-transferable.
On February 25, 2021, China’s President Xi Jinping announced that his country of 1.4 billion people had pulled its people out of poverty as it is defined internationally. Since 1981, 853 million Chinese people have lifted themselves out of poverty thanks to large-scale interventions from both the Chinese state and the Communist Party of China More
Chinese pseudo-communism is nothing to celebrate. Look at these grotesque Stalinist mass demonstrations of zombie cadres.
The Chinese communists are a real threat to leftist groups across the world. They will attempt to control or infiltrate them and/or bribe/fund such.
Let us grant that China still suffers its history of being more than bullied by imperial powers…
The Chinese leader was speaking at an event marking the centenary of the ruling Communist Party.
The Chinese Communist Party is celebrating its centenary. From its origins among a handful of activists in an economically underdeveloped country occupied by more advanced capitalist powers, to the hegemonic bureaucracy ruling what is now one of the most powerful imperialist states in world history, the CCP has undergone several transformations.