[Marxism] Monthly Review and China's position in the world

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 26 14:17:16 MDT 2004


Lueko Willms wrote:
>    This revolution assured China's independance and national unity.  
> Whatever the quite often treacherous policy of its leadership, it was  
> quite an important factor for the liberation struggles of colonies in  
> Asia and Africa.
> 
>    Based on these achievements, China is now making big strides to  
> take up the place in world production and consumption which it is due.
> 
>    I'm very satisfied to see this.
> 
>    That this development is coupled with the increase of great social   
> inequalities within China, is another question, which the Chinese  
> themselves will have to settle.

I don't think there's any reason not to feel positive about China 
becoming an industrial power. I would feel the same way about Latin 
American nations pulling together around a Mercosur with muscle.

That being said, the question addressed by MR is whether China is 
"socialist" or not. This is their terminology, of course. In our 
tradition, we would speak of it being a "workers state" or not. Burkett 
and Hart-Landsberg make a convincing case that it is not.


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