Proteus The Invincible -Stache - But why overthrow the capitalist class before China has fully industrialized? Why not wait like the CCP is doing?
Also, I thought it was permissible to have a state apparatus to manage the transition of the economy to the workers during the dictatorship of the proletariat? Why would you want to revolt against the CCP when they are serving that function?
The state apparatus in China is controlled by capitalists, whose primary objective is to prevent any transition to workers’ power. Under no circumstances whatsoever will the Chinese capitalist class, represented by the CCP, hand power to the Chinese or Hong Kong workers. They would sooner relinquish control of their country to the US military than allow the workers to take power.
The dictatorship of the proletariat is just that: a dictatorship of the working class. It is a state restructured in order to serve the interests of workers’ democracy, so that everything is administrated first and foremost by workers, in favour of workers, and at the expense of the enemies of workers, above all, the capitalists. The basic principles of a democratic workers’ state, outlined by Lenin in his text, State and Revolution, expose the diametric antagonism between the workers and the Chinese regime: all officials to be elected, with the right of immediate recall; no official to receive a wage higher than a skilled worker; the abolition of the police and military in favour of a workers’ militia; and the participation of all workers in the running of the state.
As far as waiting for the Chinese capitalists to further industrialise the country before overthrowing them, the country has already been massively industrialised amidst the advances of the planned economy under Mao and the boom period since the restoration of capitalism. Besides, the capitalist boom in China has ended and the country is now, along with the rest of the world, staggering towards economic collapse.
Furthermore, the policy of endless waiting, of endless subordination of the workers to the capitalists, is exactly the policy that has been put forward again and again and again by Stalinist parties all over the world, to utterly catastrophic consequences. Many of the greatest massacres and defeats of the working class throughout the 20th century, from China in the 1920s, to Indonesia in the 1960s, to the Vietnam War—the list goes on and on—have occurred as a direct result of Stalinist parties seeking to form alliances with the capitalists of their own countries in order to pursue industrialisation, only to immediately be betrayed and eradicated. It is a completely revisionist, anti-Marxist policy that has resulted in disaster every time it’s been tried.
Thanks Proteus. Obviously I disagree that the CCP are capitalists but I won't push the issue. And I share your disdain for Stalinists. You're no tankie, that's for sure. Ironically Xi would probably hate you more than me, although ultimately we would both end up in the laogai.