[Marxism] 40th anniversary of end of Vietnam war

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 20:32:24 MDT 2015

Thanks so much for this great article; hits all the villians, solidarizes
with all the victims and continuing fighters.
My only issue with it: He mentions in passing a battle a few years after
liberation in which "socialist factions" lost out to pro-capitalist ones.
It would be great to hear more about that battle and the composition and
program of the "socialist" side - but it is also essential to put that
battle in the context of the VCP's Stalinism from birth.

On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 9:06 PM, Marv Gandall via Marxism <
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> Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam by
> the the revolutionary forces of the National Liberation Front backed by the
> People’s Army of (North) Vietnam. The Guardian’s Nick Davies describes how
> the war against the US and its puppet government in Saigon was won and how
> the promise of an independent egalitarian, future was lost in the wake of
> the destruction caused by the war, the US trade embargo, and the pressures
> of an all-encompassing global capitalist economy on a poor and isolated
> country. As in China and the former Soviet Union, state enterprises have
> been sold off, the private sector and foreign investment have expanded
> dramatically, the once impressive health, education and welfare systems
> have been dismantled, and soaring inequality and corruption have
> accompanied higher growth and lower poverty rates.
> http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/22/vietnam-40-years-on-how-communist-victory-gave-way-to-capitalist-corruption
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