Is the Chinese government communist?


In a comment to an earlier post on ‘Two Universes’, Ken Surin took up BY’s description of the Chinese government as an ‘autocratic state capitalist’ regime. For BY it is no different from the autocratic regimes of South-East Asia or the Middle East, not allowing difference of opinion or liberal democracy (God forbid!). For Ken, it is one layer of capitalism in China, the other two being wild-west capitalism and small-scale market gardeners and the like. Little room for communism here, except perhaps as fiddling with the capitalist mode of production. I know variations on this theme are common among western Marxists and assorted liberals, but no matter how much I respect their opinions, I beg to differ in some respects, especially with regard to the Chinese government. Let’s call the ‘wild-west’ capitalists a mafia-capitalism that seeks to avoid the planned economy. So, I agree that China has…

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One Response to Is the Chinese government communist?

  1. beetleypete says:

    I don’t think we should be guided by what we see of China in the large cities that get reported on over here. It is a huge country, and still manages to run a workable Communist system, despite much undue interference from the West.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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