While Mr. Xi has tried to woo foreign investors, he has also tried carve a distinctive ideology — part old-school Communist values, part earthy appeals to ancient Chinese tradition — that inoculates China from the tumult of free markets and liberal democracy. The Chinese Communist Party these days rarely mentions class struggle, and has embraced markets since Deng Xiaoping’s era in the 1980s....Even so, leaders insist that China stays above the ruthless rules of capitalism. Above all, they emphasize that Marxism means keeping their one-party rule. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/05/world/asia/china-karl-marx-xi-jinping.htAn interesting article on the celebration of the 200th birthday of Karl Marx in China called Marx Got it Right.
Is China capitalist? State capitalist? Socialist? A dictatorship?
I know a hell of a lot of people who think Marx did get it right. Smart people. In fact many of my colleagues in UFT politics over the past 50 years do think Marx got it right. All their different sects, tendencies, parties don't necessarily agree or they differ on the outcomes. See my recent post: On Sectarianism One of the Deadly Sins of the Left one of the trending posts over the past week.
There are a lot of people who consider themselves Marxists based on his analysis of capitalism, which often seems so right on, and class struggle. So I found this article in the Times interesting given how many Marxist don't consider China socialist anymore. In fact Trotskyists don't believe any true socialist revolution has taken place according to Trotsky's theories - a convenient way to argue for socialism without having to carry the baggage of the Soviet Union, Cuba, China. Sort of like the old Jewish call of "One day in Jerusalem." I've seen Trotskyist thinking and analysis close up in union caucuses over the years and don't think that that thought process doesn't influence how they function in the UFT. Unity Caucus by the way has roots in Trotskyism, so I'm not surprised when I see my Trotskyist friends' vision of a caucus end up being similar to Unity.
If you get to read this check out some of the comments.
“Marx Got It Right,” a new TV show, is among the Communist Party's attempts to reach a younger audience.CreditChina Central Television .... A version of this article appears in print on May 5, 2018 , on Page A12 of the New York edition with the headline: On New Show in China, A Socialist Star Is Reborn.