Jim Blaut on Lenin and the National Question

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Tue Nov 21 11:15:57 MST 2000


> Of course, the gradual nature of transformation makes
> the Chinese transition _much superior_ to Perestroika, but,
> nonetheless, the direction seems to me to be the same.
 This acually makes me think about an issue of anti-Imperialism in the broadest sense,
and how it helps in the struggle for socialism whether on purpose or not.Looking at
China today, we should not worry about labelling her this or that. In common with I
believe the bulk of the list members, I wish that she still had the kind of planning
that Mao and Zhou led, but that isn't the case. What is the case is the worlds largest
third world country is entirely in her own command at this historical juncture. No one
is telling China what to do. This brings meto my queery:

Does it not seem that if country after country (in the modern Chinese sense) were to go
through the struggle neccessary to break free of economic subservience that we would
an remarkable sharpening of the struggle for socialism, almost by accident?

I fear this isn't quite clear, so I shall try to say it thusly: China and the USSR have
perhaps both said good-bye to socialist modes of production. The fSU however has become
part of the global Imperialist system, since the state in the fSU is now just a
between foreign capital and the local people and resources. In China, when that is the
case, it is *by choice*, and is not a permanent reality. China is still there looking
the future as a stronger state, a non-possession as an entity.

If countries such as India and Brazil were to struggle (in perhaps the Chavez fashion)
to gain economic *long term* sovereignty, will this not help promote the implosion of
the Imperialist system? Is this not  the main reason we see Imperialists so frightened
by the peripheral countries who "get out of line"? In other words, is it not long term
rather than short term effects that are the bigger danger for the world system here? (A
case in point: very little in the way of short term profit loss will be accrued by
Chavez' policies thus far, but in the Oil arena a kind of sovereignty assertion is a
true danger should the disease spread).

Seeing Imperialism as the main enemy as I do, as well as watching the Yugoslav episode,
has led me to the point whereby I can see almost no relevance (other than as a parlour
game) in debating the "socialist" character of the People's Republic. The need to
the PRC has also never seemed clearer.


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