“Marxism” doesn’t mean what China thinks it means.

An organization calling itself the Chinese Communist Party  announced recently that its officials “should keep firm belief in Marxism to avoid being lost in the clamour for western democracy, universal values and civil society.” Let’s list the problems here:

1. According to the Communist Manifesto (a text with which I would expect officials in something calling itself the Chinese Communist Party to be familiar): “We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle of democracy.”

2. Continuing in the same text, we find support for universal values: “The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only: 1. In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality.”

3. Something calling itself the Chinese Communist Party has, in recent decades, aggressively supported the private ownership of large-scale business enterprises. Curiously, the Communist Manifesto has this to say: “The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property. But modern bourgeois private property is the final and most complete expression of the system of producing and appropriating products, that is based on class antagonisms, on the exploitation of the many by the few. In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”

A plea to the so-called Chinese Communist Party: Please stop using the words “Communist” and “Marxism” – they do not mean what you think they mean.

 

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