China says Western democracy has reached its limits and has started to deteriorate (alluding to Donald Trump’s victory without saying so). Global Communism will take its place, with China supplying new universal values.
When I have referred to “still-Communist China,” some readers have said, in effect, are you kidding? China has become capitalist, what with all of their entrepreneurs and wealth-building. But orthodox Marxism teaches that societies must go through a capitalist phase in order for socialism to emerge. The problem with the Soviet Union and Mao’s China is that they attempted to go from a feudal economy straight to socialism, which can’t really work. Capitalism and with it Western democracy will eventually fall from their internal contradictions.
China has come up with a style of Communism that is working, pragmatically. It is centered on economic growth, but state ownership and, what is just as effective, state control of the means of production continues.
What’s new here is China’s plan to export not just its goods but its ideology around the world. The Communists still think they will bury us. [Read more…]