In this episode of On Mass, comrade Peter Clark and I discuss social democracy (or democratic “socialism”) as a political tendency in relation to the reality of capitalism and imperialism.
We also discuss the ideas of Professor Richard D. Wolff who is the host of the leftist show Economic Update and how his ideas factor into the general topics of social democracy, opportunism and reformism.
In this episode of On Mass, I briefly explain why I haven’t released any episodes in the past little bit, as well as provide my take on Venezuela and America’s recent attempt to oust the Maduro government in the classic capitalist-imperialist way. I also explain why I think the Leftist government of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has been struggling with its internal class contradictions since they assumed power in 1999. The first half of the episode gives a brief overview of some of the internal class contradictions at play, and the latter looks at the false and hypocritical imperialist rhetoric that is being spouted in order to overthrow the Leftist government of Venezuela. This episode is a brief explanation of some of the dynamics at play in the conflict and is by no means a completely comprehensive analysis of the situation.
The bourgeois critique of the Venezuelan government mentioned in the second half of the episode: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/post-chavez-venezuela-enters-downward-spiral/
Norway Reinvesting in BAE Systems: https://www.regjeringen.no/globalassets/upload/fin/etikk/2013/bae_finmec_eng.pdf BAE Systems Products/Services: https://www.baesystems.com/en/what-we-do/products-and-services
In this episode of On Mass I expand my argument in regards to whether China is a socialist country or a capitalist-imperialist country in the present day. I begin by conceptualizing how we should think about socialism, and then move towards giving a brief account of how China developed after it’s revolution in 1949 with an emphasis on the Cultural Revolution’s attempt to correct problems that developed in most socialist countries as they pertained to the transition to socialism on the level of economics, culture, ideology, and politics. For this argument I focused on the question of whether China is capitalist and briefly discussed its imperialistic elements, but didn’t go into detail in regards to imperialism as a concept. A concept we’ll revisit in the near future.
Charles Bettelheim – Cultural Revolution and Industrial Organization in China: Changes in Management and the Division of Labor
Charles Bettelheim – Class Struggles in the USSR (The First and Second Period)
Deng Yuan Hsu & Pao Yu Ching – Rethinking Socialism
Xi Jinping – Governance of China (p. 114 of PDF version)
Lenin – State and Revolution
(For understanding socialism as a transitional phase and the role of the state in capitalism and socialism. I also forgot to mention that Lenin considered the Dictatorship of the Proletariat to be a “semi-state” that should be fundamentally different from a typical capitalist state. I would argue that China embodied this during the Cultural Revolution.)
Lenin – The New Economic Policy And The Tasks Of The Political Education Departments www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/wo…/1921/oct/17.htm
Mao – Communes Are Better
Mao – On State Capitalism
China in Africa Podcast
Example’s of Maoists in China
http://www.redchinacn.net/portal.php (In Mandarin, but Google Translate makes certain articles fairly understandable)