Quote:Granted, capitalism in modern Russia is brutal. But the disastrous policies of Stalinism were even moreso.
Quote:I'm not sure where you got that 7 million figure from
Quote:but it pales in comparison to the numbers of dead that were on Stalin's hands.
Quote:...starvation and famine happened on large scales all at once under Stalin on an account of distinct policies
Quote:Many were taken to camps and many were killed on the account of mere ideology or affiliation.
Quote:Thugs like Stalin and Mao force you to think a certain way.
Quote:It matters more where the wealth is concentrated more than anything.
Quote:Obviously, the standard of life in the United States is much better than in Russia, or even in most places in the world. However, both are capitalist. It matters more where the wealth is concentrated more than anything. My point is that, I'd much rather live here in capitalist United States or in capitalist (relatively socialist) western Europe than under Stalinism.
Mabool wrote:I still hope that China is just going through a NEP.
Quote:It isn't. Lenin described the NEP as a step away from socialism and partcial restoration of capitalism. Fidel called the Special Period a move for survival. Where China is dead wrong is that they believe these reforms are a step forward; whereas, past socialism countries have correctly described the restoration of capitalism as a step backward.
Quote:if you want fascist, then take a look at the usa, where they scan your eyes, and fingerprints. the usa also checks the credit card, and email accounts of all travelers entering the usa from europe.
Quote:the usa engages in false flag terrorism, and just terrorism in general. afterwards, they sell anti terror equipment, such as body scanners, and xrays and make huge amounts of money.
Quote:when you enter China, they don't question you the same way they do in fascist places such as the usa, europe, canada, and australia.
Quote:I've been to China, and it is just an ordinary capitalist country.
Quote:There's a lot more to China than just the bits Westerners usually visit.
Quote:If it's just "an ordinary Capitalist country" it certainly doesn't fit the Western model of an ordinary Capitalist country.
Quote:Statements like this and another one I read recently , calling China "the most capitalist country in the world" show a profound ignorance of the nation, it's history, and it's people.
Fellow Comrade wrote:Where within though? Beijing? Shanghai? There's a lot more to China than just the bits Westerners usually visit. If it's just "an ordinary Capitalist country" it certainly doesn't fit the Western model of an ordinary Capitalist country. Statements like this and another one I read recently , calling China "the most capitalist country in the world" show a profound ignorance of the nation, it's history, and it's people.
Quote:You're right to say that China is not a Socialist country, but I don't think Capitalism is a good description of its economic system either.
Quote:It is a mixed economy in the literal sense.
Quote:Many of the socialist policies from the Mao era still exist despite of the market reforms.
Quote:Five year plans still exist for instance and they remain quite important to the overall direction the country takes.
Quote:And in the political arena, there is simply no comparison between China and nations without a Socialist history.
Quote:The government still maintains overall control rather than Capitalists as a class.
Quote:All it takes is for the left faction of the CPC to regain dominance, and the market reforms would begin to be reversed.
Quote:China just doesn't fit most Western models for comparison. It is too different, culturally, economically, and politically. Not to sound like a nationalist, but China does things the Chinese way.
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