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8-11-2010 @ 5:37AM
It's nothing to do with arbitrary personal definitions based on Stalinism, Maoism or Trotskyism, but with proper labelling. Taking ideological purity as the baseline, a communist society properly so-called has certain features: -a lack of state machinery, meaning no state interference or control; -no class system; -communal ownership of goods and the means of their production;-communal ownership of property; -equal weight given to each individual in the decision-making process; -equality of opportunity -rules which enforce the maxim that each gives according to their ability and takes according to their need. Doesn't look much like China, does it? It's not surprising; there isn't much explanation given by Marx as to how all this is supposed to work economically and how you're meant to ensure a flat society.It's a bit like grammar pedantry, I'll give you that, but I believe it's what the people who are saying China =/= communist are saying. (Note this is not my argument, just trying to shed some light on it. I'm going to stop typing now.)
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