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Communists and Capitalism

Many thanks to Prabhat Patnaik for clarifying the agenda of the two communist parties of India (February 2, 2008). People’s democratic revolution is an old objective of the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) and after its split the CPI(M) has also adopted it. For supporting the thesis, Patnaik cites Lenin’s “Two Tactics”. Lenin had advocated in 1905 a democratic revolution in Russia to sweep away the “survivals of the past”, the remnants of serfdom (which includes not only autocracy, but monarchy as well) and most fully guarantees the broadest, freest and most rapid development of capitalism.

Mao Tse-Dong had also pleaded in his “On Coalition Government” for a bourgeois democratic revolution against foreign (Japanese), feudal and fascist oppression with a view to freely developing personal initiative, state, private capitalist and cooperative sectors. This proposed new democracy based on an alliance of several democratic classes was different from Bolshevism. And in 1949 the Chinese Communist Party could capture state power.

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