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|The Sayoko Soyjack of Unified Communist Councils|
My thoughts on the whole book
is that the Principles of Communism very clearly outlines the Marxist idea that Communist theory is born from his study on Hegal Dialectic theory.
Dialectics say, simply put, that all things have within themselves inherent contradictions that, over time, would develop constant change and development into a new being. So think of an acorn becoming a sapling, becoming a tree, and then eventually withering away and simultaneously it is a seed and a tree, living and dying, growing and withering.
When this philosophy is applied to the way in which we organize our economy and political structure, Marx traced it back to the transition of hunter-gatherers to agriculture to slavery to feudalism and then to capitalism. Obviously history doesn't just end with capitalism, and like all other systems before it, society will develop a supersessive system. Marx believed that capitalism was so powerful it will create the means and technology so advanced to the point that humans will need to do very little work yet still eat three meals a day and have a roof over their heads. However, class society and the other contradictions of society will prevent this success from being benefited by everyone, holding back the common masses of which it is all built upon, and thus Revolution will bring forth Communism.
This is very a very profound thought to me, because Marx outlines how we needed to experience feudalism to reach capitalism. This suggests that to evolve from capitalism, we inherently need to partake in it until the point is reached where it is no longer necessary. I understand now that this is the deeper meaning of the Socialist phrase "Develop the means of production"— it is not simply heavy industrial build up, it inherently requires INNOVATION.
This realization in turn, has me convinced that China for all its pros and cons, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is in-fact adhering to the Marxist-Leninist Socialism–Communism duality. When China won the revolution it was still in its feudal stage, much like the Soviet Union right after the Civil War. Mao and the CPC attempted to skip straight to Communism (I.e. Great Leap Forward, Collectivization) and these policies did in-fact spur growth at record pace. But by the 1970s, it was evident that these initiatives weren't enough and the people demanded more.
When Deng came into power, he and the rest of the party looked back at the tenants of Dialectic Materialism (The Dialectic development of history through the organization of human production, I.e the hunter-gatherers to capitalism) and arrived to the conclusion that skipping capitalist development was what was holding back China's growth.
Unlike what liberals might have people believe, it wasn't a decision where "everyone decides capitalism is better and thats it". The party and Deng especially knew that, based on their recent trauma with western imperialist nations, that introducing capitalism also meant introducing a new power dynamic that incentives people to derail from human progress in order to pursue profits and personal power over society.
And thus Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is born. The Vanguard Party and the state are left in power to move the country down a path of human progress and achieve Communism, and to prevent the capitalist from taking over the state to enact anti-revolutionary reforms, as what occurred in Perestroika and the disastrous liberalization of the Warsaw Pact nations.
The country was opened up to foreign investment and production but is still regulated by the party to minimize the contradictions of capitalism and prevent oligarchs from taking overthe state through wealthy influence. The state uses its 5-Year Plans to implement programs designed to help the people with universal healthcare, free education, state jobs and economic prosperity. It has even helped small business start-ups by allowing stock trading to inject money into these small businesses for their economic expansion.
China's GDP as a result has grown x3 that of the noxious USA (6–9% per annum vs 2–3% for the US) while uplifting THREE TIMES the amount of USA population out of poverty. China's recent 14th five year plan has eradicated complete poverty from the nation during the 2020 COVID crisis to boot— and has succeeded in raising its life expectancies from the mid 40s to some of the highest in the world.
China's economic miracle is kept under wraps by western media decrying social credit scores and images of the imprisonment of US-backed terrorist as proof of a "genocide". It has a multitude of issues that some may even say are big, however the western propaganda spoilsbits images as a dystopia while the real dystopia neoliberalism helps in creating is swept under the rug through the buzzwords of freedom and (multi-party liberal) democracy.