How to Change: Restraint, and Issues of Equality

In previous posts I have advocated for some rather radical societal changes: smashing capitalism, fighting off cultural hegemony, etc. But let me explain how the essence of a new, better society also needs some restraint.

First, I have advocated for a vanguard party to lead us at first, or a small group of revolutionaries who will rule in the interests of the working class, what’s called the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” as Lenin proposed. But we must learn from history that we must put some legal/constitutional regulations on this group of leaders. What can happen is, like what happened with Stalin in the old USSR, a single leader may wrestle from the people far too much power and enact a totalitarian government serving only their interests. We must hold their feet to the fire as the people.

Second, we must not make any change too fast for the people will rebel against the new society, as happened during the French Revolution. We must not have economic “Five Year Plans,” or “Great Leaps Forward,” or how Khmer Rouge emptied the cities of Cambodia and shipped all the citizens to the countryside to work in collective farms. That would be insane. We can’t make such mistakes as these as far leftists have done in the past. Revolutionaries have not always known how to run a country. We must read the people and act accordingly maybe even welcoming a period of Thermidor.

What will be enacted right away, though, in the interest of a new, better, revolutionary society is enacting far leftist social changes. We must remove all wage discrimination between women and men. We must remove all hindrances for LGBTQ citizens from gaining equal rights. We must address the issue of reparations for both the Native American and African American communities. These must be addressed immediately. Capitalist WASP’s want to divide us through these differences. If we can make these changes we will realize that the only thing that separates us is class. Than all will become apparent.

“AP Explains: Venezuela’s humanitarian aid standoff”: Where’s the sanctions part?

From the AP:

The suffering of the Venezuelan people is heartbreaking. But:

A) This is not a result of a failing socialist system but rather an economic strangling committed by the U.S. and the International community, who are in our pocket, through strong sanctions, and,

B) If Maduro lets in the U.S. aid, it would be seen as a gift from Guaido which would strengthen him immensely. And Guaido would be a U.S. puppet.

The only thing that should solve this is the delivery of aid by Russia or China. Where are they at?

Communism: Learning from the Past and Present

As I have put forth in my previous posts, a socialist government is the best political system to be realized today in the interests of the 99%. But if we are going to move towards having the power taken back from the rich and given to its rightful owners, the workers, we must avoid making the mistakes made by Communist countries today and in the past.

One of the most dangerous actions taken by the radical leftist governments of the past is that they tried to realize unrealistic goals too soon. E.g., China had its “Great Leap Forward,” the Soviets under Stalin always put forth these “5 Year Plans” that hurt the Russian people at the hands of Stalin’s vain attempts at greatness, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia killed over a million of their countrymen partially due to economic reforms. And these often just occurred to catch up with capitalist countries in the areas of industry, science, military, and infrastructurevtoo fast. Foolish.

The are two reasons why this is true, namely:

  1. Revolutionaries have no idea how to run a country. This often leads to unspeakable hardships and suffering for the reasons mentioned above in the pursuit of grand ideals.
  2. The three countries outlined above, i.e., Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China, and the Khmer Rouge’s Cambodia, were ruled under brutal dictators, or very small groups of leaders, who ran authoritarian governments. They involved purges, gulags, and mass murders of so-called “enemies of the people.” And these things are still taking place in North Korea under the rule of the Kim family and their latest criminal, thug leader, Kim Jong Un.

But in terms of the socialist experiment in Cuba, we could learn a lot of positive things from them. The U.S. capitalist media would have you believe that the Castros are no different than Stalin or Un, but what they don’t report are the great strides towards equality taking place in the small island country. E.g., they have redistributed land to the peasants through land reform. Once the Cuban peasants were slaves to rich plantation owners, but as a result of the revolution, the land owned by the corporations and plantation owners has now been divided amongst the people who work the land. And that is just one example of the successful reforms. They have also gotten away from just being a sugar-dominated economy and even become a powerhouse in the research and development of new medicines that are often purchased, yes, by the U.S. government.

Yet this has succeeded by not having some grand goal of building a developing country into a society where they are immediately just as technologically advanced as  the U.S. These are examples of how ideas and policies could be learned from a socialist society to be translated instilled in a more equal America.

So in conclusion, the brutality of Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China, and Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge is due to harsh authoritarian governments, not an attempted realization of a fully socialist society. These dictatorships had vain rulers trying to advance mostly Third-World countries into global players too fast. Yet we can look to somewhere like Cuba for positive ideas to enact here in the U.S. in pursuit of a more egalitarian society.

Social Protest Lit.: Mao Tse-Tung

indexA writing by  Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.”

The revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street gossip. From the middle strata upwards to the right-wingers of the Kuomintang, there was not a single person who did not summarize the whole thing in one phrase: “An awful mess!” Even quite revolutionary people, carried away by the opinion of the “awful mess” school which prevailed like a storm over the whole city, became downhearted at the very thought of the conditions in the countryside, and could not deny the word “mess.” Even very progressive people could only remark, “Indeed a mess, but inevitable in the course of the revolution.” In a word, nobody could categorically deny the word “mess.”

But the fact is, as stated above, that the broad peasant masses have risen to fulfill their historic mission, that the democratic forces in the rural areas have risen to overthrow the rural feudal power. The patriarchal-feudal class of local bullies, bad gentry and lawless landlords has formed the basis of autocratic government for thousands of years, the cornerstone of imperialism, warlordism and corrupt officialdom. To overthrow this feudal power is the real objective of the national revolution. What Dr. Sun Yat-Sen wanted to do in the forty years he devoted to the national revolution but failed to accomplish, the peasants have accomplished in a few months. This is a marvelous feat which has never been achieved in the last forty or even thousands of years. It is very good indeed. It is not a “mess” at all. It is anything but an “awful mess.”

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China’s Elite Banks Off-Shore

800px-Flag_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China.svgA good article in The Guardian from Jan. 21st reports that the members of the inner circle of power in China are grossing large sums of money through corruption and then investing it overseas (mainly in the British Virgin Islands [BVI]) to avoid local discovery and taxation.

Rampant corruption is the main problem with communism in large nations, which excludes countries such as Cuba and Vietnam. They’re, in my opinion, are small enough to allow the good guys to keep and eye on everybody and the population seems more loyal to the ideology.

Also, the article has some nifty graphs to take a look at.

Read Here.


Chinese Internet Censorship and Media Intimidation

China internet cafeA good report in The Guardian on how activists are using mirror-sites to make available banned news sites in China.

The article also goes on to outline the various ways the government has been intimidating journalists who the Chinese feel have been overly critical of Party members and national policies.

Read Here.


Chinese Forced Abortions, Sterilizations and Infanticide

Yu Qiuyan (R) holds her newborn baby girThough officially banned by the Central Government, forced abortions, sterilizations, and infanticide still occur in China. Yet still, mid-level officials have been put in impossible situations regarding the one-child policy there leading to the continuation of these practices. But as the Washington Post reports, the move towards a two-child policy may put a stop to these archaic and barbaric acts.

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Capitalist Reforms in China

25chinaecon-sub-articleLargeGood  article in the NYT about how the Chinese government released a new directive calling for more capitalistic reforms in the Communist nation in an effort to increase innovation and grow the middle class. These are the biggest reforms in a decade for China and we will have to see how the economy will react.

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NYT Hacked By Chinese Military and Communist Capitalists

imagesIn the early 60’s, Che Guevara made a trip to the USSR to meet with Soviet officials to be celebrated by the Russians as the new face of Communism. Well, at a dinner there the food was served on China plates that Guevara quickly noticed. Now, Guevara was a strict adherent to extreme Communist austerity and even criticized his own wife once for using too much gasoline in their car and recommended she take a bus to the grocery store.

So now Guevara sat at the dinner with these officials and picked up the China plate before him during a quiet moment and said, “I see the bourgeoisie eats well here in Moscow,” and the Soviets at the dinner cringed.

Now this points out a big problem with Communism that is almost present in every case: Lead party members become very rich with their high status while ignoring the Communist treatise’s of economic equality. And this is currently taking place in China and the Chinese want it covered up.

Wen JiabaoYesterday the NYT reported that it’s computer network was infiltrated by the Chinese military in an effort to gain info on those who recently reported that outgoing prime minister Wen Jiabao left office with a fortune of and estimated $2 billion. His office allowed him to obtain many contracts with foreign and domestic companies doing business in China and the Chinese did not want anybody to know that the specter of capitalism is looming larger and larger in China.

So, if Guevara were still alive, he would most certainly say that in China the bourgeoisie eats well also.


Media Control In China

mapI stated in a post  a few days ago that certain nations, including China, whose media control should be ended this far along after the Revolution there, is still harshly censoring the media. This op-ed from a former opinion writer in Southern China who resigned over his principles when the Chinese government came down on his newspaper is a great piece on this issue.

Read Here.