[Marxism] China: a Successful 58th Anniversary (Prensa Latina)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 1 23:04:49 MDT 2007

China continues shaking the world. Today China is shaking up the world 
even more. Some people on the political left have decided that Communist 
China has gone and become Capitalist China. Some even think that China's 
imperialist, though there are no Chinese conquering armies anywhere on
earth outside of Chinese national territory. The clear facts of radical
economic growth (not omitting the many attendant ecological problems)
have caused a lot of worry among the imperialists who don't like China
competing with Washington, France, the UK and the other imperialists. 

Some among the populations of the capitalist countries seem to have got
into a "misery loves company" mode. To them, since they live under the
misery of capitalism (though most are doing pretty well economically) 
China should be dragged down into the same ugly swamp. One can spend 
a lot of time arguing over over how many angels can fit on the head of 
a pin. And some people, especially those among us with a Trotskyist 
ideological heritage, love to fulminate over the class nature of the
Chinese state. It's like arguing over how many angels can go through
the eye of a needle. It's of course an absurd form of navel-gazing.

Real capitalist states have come into existence since the fall of the
Soviet Union in the former components of the USSR, and in the former
workers states of Eastern Europe. Could that happen in China as well?
Yes, that possibility remains. I tend to agree with the theoretical
arguments about these matters made by the Grant-Woods tendency and
the U.S. Socialist Workers Party, but I really don't find any of it
very useful because, whatever LABEL is pasted on to China today, it
will have nothing to do with what socialists do in the capitalist 
world outside of China. Generally speaking, those who favor calling
China "capitalist", "bureaucratically-deformed" or "state capitalist",
all tend to mostly attack what the Chinese government does in the 
foreign policy arena. Those like the CPUSA tend to look much more
favorably at China's place in the world. On that, I tend to agree
with what Gerald Horne and the CPUSA writes. 

Those who call China capitalist today, or bureaucratically deformed,
or state capitalist, were gainst China before, when they called it
Stalinist. Some still say China is Stalinist, and they're still 
against China today, whether or not they they slap a different
label on it. So what's consistent over time is their opposition to
whatever it is that China did before or does in today's world and
this is what some consider to be examples of "independent thinking".

The Chinese Communist Party is using an extreme form of opening up
the country to foreign private investment, and to the privatization 
of large segments of the industrial base of the country. Meanwhile,
the Communist Party remains in charge of society and no parties with
an openly-capitalist ideology are permitted. It's a strange form of
capitalism which calls itself Communist. Many of the best comments on
China come from Political Affairs, the theoretical magazine of the
Communist Party, USA, and have been written by Gerald Horne. 

As I've pointed out repeatedly, I'm not a member of any of the left
parties which now exist beyond being registered in the California
Peace and Freedom Party. The various self-declared vanguard parties
all seem to have an obligation to have an answer for every question
under the sun. Not being a member of any of these kinds of groupings,
I'm mercifully free of such requirements. But that's what I really do 
personally think. It's my idea of independent thinking. What's going
on in China today is something new and different from what has been
seen or done in the past. That's why I find it a waste of time to 
try to force today's Chinese reality into yesterday's vocabulary.

OK, so I'm eclectic and don't have all the answers. Sue me.

Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California

FIDEL on the 50TH anniversary of the Chinese Revolution

China: a Successful 58th Anniversary

Beijing, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) The People's Republic of China marks
the 58th founding anniversary Monday, with economic and social
indicators never dreamt of in that country..

China, a predominantly feudal country in 1949 when the Mao Zedong-led
forces won, is about to surpass Germany and become the world's third
largest economy, after the US and Japan.

The figures speak by themselves: annual growth rate has been
exceeding 10 percent for many years, individual income surpasses
2,000 dollars annually, and foreign currency reserves are nearly 1.40
trillion dollars.

In the last years, its growth has more than doubled the economic
average of the rest of the world, the highest in the country's

On the occasion of the foundation anniversary, Chinese Prime Minister
Wen Jiabao said Sunday they are on the course of building socialism
with Chinese characteristics, for China's rejuvenation, development,
and prosperity.

He also said the country will maintain its peaceful development, as
well as its opening policy to preserve world peace and achieve common

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