Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Reform vs. Revolution” Among the “Post-Mao” Maoists in China

Mao More than Ever (for details on the symbolism of this artwork see the bottom of this article, below the source attribution)

By Zhun Xu. She is a member of the Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

This year saw an unprecedented rise in political fights among the Chinese leftists. An outside observer might surprisingly discover such big differences on the “left” when all of the major leftist online forums began publishing harsh political polemics from opposing camps. Various issues are discussed, but the practical political stake is whether the left should be a political ally of the current CCP leadership or not, i.e. political program of a united leftist camp. One group, which mostly posts on one of the largest online leftist forum in China (Utopia, or wu you zhi xiang), has been a long supporter of the government and tries to consolidate the leftists under its pro-CCP flag and advocate reforms under current regime to “restore socialism”; while other groups, mostly publishing on relatively smaller online forums, take a different stance and argue that socialism cannot be built under the current capitalist state. The pro-CCP people accused other groups as “extremists”, and their opponents also called them “reactionary and opportunist”. Read the rest of this entry

Harpal Brar on Cuba and Korea

Harpal Brar, Chairman of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) speaks at the international BBQ held in Saklatvala Hall, Southall, on 30 July 2011. Read the rest of this entry

U.S. / NATO Attempt to Occupy Tripoli, Libyans Fight to Maintain Independence

The following editorial is from Fight Back! News, the organ of Freedom Road Socialist Organization – Fight Back!

As the US/NATO-led rebel forces assault the Libyan capital of Tripoli, it is important for antiwar and progressive forces to recognize a few key points. The development of events since the popular North African revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt led to some divisions among progressive forces as the imperialist countries maneuvered to take control of the situation and develop contradictions in North Africa in their favor. In Libya the U.S., France, the U.K., and Italy joined together to take advantage of the discontent among certain sections of the Libyan people, and thereby develop an armed rebel movement to topple the Gaddafi government. This criminal action taken by US and NATO forces should be condemned by all people of conscience. The success of the NATO-led rebels would certainly mean an end to an independent Libya. Read the rest of this entry