This blog provides longer reflections and information on socialism in power, or the philosophy of the construction of socialism. Some of the earlier posts and publications deal with Marxist philosophy and religion (Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin). But the more recent material concerns the realities of socialism in power, since there has now been 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 socialist governance, socialist market economy (which is qualitatively different from a capitalist market economy), 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 basic principles.
Most of the material now relates to China, as well as at times the DPRK and (soon) Vietnam. The posts include early thoughts that provide the basis for careful analysis in my writing. Other material includes reposts from news and resource sites in this part of the world. The list of selected publications has links to download relevant published material.
A personal note: I am now retired, having worked for almost 30 years in academic institutions. However, as I have done for more than a decade, I remain engaged with China, especially Chinese Marxism and its significant developments and achievements. Otherwise, I am either in Denmark or Australia, with family in both countries.
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’.