[Marxism] China: Socialist revolution and capitalist restoration | Links
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Jun 10 03:04:38 MDT 2008
The Chinese revolution was one of the most important events of the
twentieth century. The victory of the revolution in 1949 was a major
defeat for imperialism. The new Communist Party government carried out
democratic measures such as land reform, and improved the conditions of
workers and peasants through the spread of health care and literacy. It
began expropriating industry, and within a few years had nationalised
all capitalist enterprises. It proclaimed that the revolution had
entered the socialist stage.
But the new state was bureaucratically distorted from its inception. The
bureaucrats enjoyed substantial privileges. They repressed dissent
amongst workers, peasants, students and intellectuals. And they engaged
in violent power struggles amongst themselves, undermining the gains of
Eventually the bureaucracy set out on the road of restoring capitalism.
By 1992, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership had adopted a
policy of restoring capitalist economic relations as the predominant
relations of production.
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