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The Communist Party of China governing ... "a right wing dictatorship ... a fascist state"

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jul 26, 2012 at 08:18

Doug wrote :

> Ianus,

You have a common mistake made by many people. China is not communist, it stopped being one when it transformed it's economy to a capitalistic model.

Communism is a system of economics based on a collective and redistribution of wealth, not a form of government. China today is at best a right wing dictatorship, but it resembles more closely a fascist state.

Fascist are expansionist through military force, while communism expands by fermenting internal revolution. Their aggressive behaviour in land/sea area claim which has taken place recently is good indicator of that. <

First, may I humbly ask if I am I supposed to strictly believe in your words ("In verba magistri iurare") or some right to doubt is still granted to me?

Second, didn't you write the above mainly to disburden your heart of the unpleasant thought that such as self-proclaimed capitalist perfection as the US is in fact living off the hard work and generosity of Chinese communists ? What would happen in your opinion if tomorrow they demanded the US at last pay the debt due to them ?

Communism just like capitalism is much more than economy. Russia didn't stop being a communist country because Lenin introduced the New Economic Policy and induced capitalists' greed to work for his cause. Nor has China done so since Deng Xiaoping's reforms set in. Do you remember what political force is leading China ? Unlike the US it is not a set of interconnected transnational corporations that pay both parties to do the agenda defined by their paymaster. The constitution of the Communist Party of China adopted in 2007 states :

"The Communist Party of China is the vanguard both of the Chinese working class and of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation. It is the core of leadership for the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and represents the development trend of China's advanced productive forces, the orientation of China's advanced culture and the fundamental interests of the overwhelming majority of the Chinese people. The realization of communism is the highest ideal and ultimate goal of the Party.

The Communist Party of China takes Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important thought of Three Represents as its guide to action.

Marxism-Leninism brings to light the laws governing the development of the history of human society. Its basic tenets are correct and have tremendous vitality. The highest ideal of communism pursued by the Chinese Communists can be realized only when the socialist society is fully developed and highly advanced. The development and improvement of the socialist system is a long historical process. So long as the Chinese Communists uphold the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism and follow the road suited to China's specific conditions and chosen by the Chinese people of their own accord, the socialist cause in China will be crowned with final victory.

The Chinese Communists, with Comrade Mao Zedong as their chief representative, created Mao Zedong Thought by integrating the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism with the concrete practice of the Chinese revolution. Mao Zedong Thought is Marxism-Leninism applied and developed in China; it consists of a body of theoretical principles concerning the revolution and construction in China and a summary of experience therein, both of which have been proved correct by practice; and it represents the crystallized, collective wisdom of the Communist Party of China. Under the guidance of Mao Zedong Thought, the Communist Party of China led the people of all ethnic groups in the country in their prolonged revolutionary struggle against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat-capitalism, winning victory in the new-democratic revolution and founding the People's Republic of China, a people's democratic dictatorship. After the founding of the People's Republic, it led them in carrying out socialist transformation successfully, completing the transition from New Democracy to socialism, establishing the basic system of socialism and developing socialism economically, politically and culturally."

Maybe the above sounds to you like "right wing dictatorship" ,but in the semantics I am familiar with this is hardly something a Pinochet - to take one example of a famous right wing (and US-installed) dictator - would write his name and surname under.

Now your phrase

> Fascist are expansionist through military force, while communism expands by fermenting internal revolution. Their aggressive behaviour in land/sea area claim which has taken place recently is good indicator of that.<

is very remarkable if applied to a wider reality as it is the US that has always been successful through military force and with its incredible rate of 25% military spending is now by far the most expansionist and militaristic power on earth. Can you remind me of how many wars, coups d'etat and "regime changes" the US has operated or attempted to operate since 1991 compared to China's "aggressive behaviour in land/sea area claim which has taken place recently" ? I think that the most basic maths and some memory are enough to dispel the illusion you are creating.

Submitting....

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