This is the website of Roland Boer, who is a happily retired Marxist philosopher with a major interest in the construction of socialism.
The site has a number of pages, beginning with a list of selected publications from 2010 to 2020. There are also pages with downloadable items concerning Soviet Marxism, Chinese Marxism, the DPRK (North Korea), as well as some pictures and documentaries.
Why the construction of socialism, or as it may also be called, socialism in power? My earlier research focused on Western Marxism and that of Russia. But I became more and more interested in the actual construction of socialism, since we now have more than a century of rich and ongoing experience in many parts of the world. As Lenin and Mao said repeatedly, it is relatively easy to gain power through a communist revolution; it is infinitely more complicated to exercise such power in order to construct socialism. So I am interested in the many dimensions of socialism ‘after October’, after the revolution, for only then do many new practical and theoretical possibilities arise.
These issues include the nature of socialist systems and their specific features, such as: socialist governance; planned and market economies in the framework of a socialist system (socialist market economies are qualitatively different from capitalist market economies); socialist democracy; Chinese Marxist approaches to rule of law and human rights; and the influence of specific contexts, histories and cultures on the development of socialism with different characteristics – albeit in light of the basic principles of Marxism.
A personal note: I am a member of the Communist Party of Australia, to which I can devote more energy since I am now retired. I also spend considerable time in China (at Dalian University of Technology’s School of Marxism Studies) and in a village in the countryside of Denmark.
But why ‘Stalin’s Moustache’? Let me quote Tito, who said – alluding to Lenin’s jutting chin of history – ‘Stalin is known the world over for his moustache’.