Chinese Marxism

‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics is Socialism, and not some other -ism’ – Xi Jinping.

‘Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life’ (Fidel Castro, 2014).

This page contains links to a number of relevant items relating to Chinese Marxism. They are unpublished papers and the link will take you to a pdf download. These items may be seen as supplements to the list of publications, where published material on Chinese Marxism may be found.

Before beginning one’s study of Chinese Marxism, it is worthwhile to recall Mao Zedong’s observation, made while adressing Chinese students in Moscow in 1957:

Some foreigners say that our ideological reform is brainwashing. As I see it, they are correct in what they say. It is washing brains, that’s what it is! This brain of mine was washed to become what it is. After I joined the revolution, [my brain] slowly washed, washed for several decades. What I received before was all bourgeois education, and even some feudal education … At that time, none of us knew anything about how the Chinese revolution was to be promoted!

Washing one’s brain: this is precisely what anyone outside China needs to do before beginning the process of understanding Chinese Marxism.

As Mao put it at around the same time: ‘Not to have a correct political orientation is like not having a soul’.

Further material:

Xi Jinping

  • ‘Xi Jinping on Marx: Reading the Speech from Marx’s 200th Birthday’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ (2017) – download here.
  • ‘Celebrating Hong Kong’s Return: Xi Jinping’s Speech’ (2017) – download here.
  • ‘Views from the Common People: Appreciating Xi Jinping’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘Celebrating 70 Years of the New China: A Foreigner’s Perspective’ (2019) – download here.

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics

  • ‘Discovering Chinese Socialism: A Personal Account’ (2017) – download here.
  • ‘Reading Deng Xiaoping (Draft Chapter for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics – 2020) – download here.
  • ‘Not Some Other -ism: Chinese Socialism without Foreign Labels’ (article pre-publication) – download here.
  • ‘A Dialectical Leap?’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘Origins of the Belt and Road Initiative’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘Chinese Trust in the Government’ (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Why Is Chinese Governance Better?’ (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Non-Politicised Elections’ (2020) – download here.
  • ‘The Greening of Beijing’ (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Core Socialist Values’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘Why Would One Join the Communist Party of China?’ (2015) – download here.

One Country, Two Systems

  • ‘Taiwan Special Administrative Region’ (2018) – download here.

Socialist Rule of Law

  • ‘Socialist Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics’ (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Demystifying the Chinese Social Credit System (and Why Everyone Likes It) (2019) – download here.

Chinese Marxist Promotion of Human Rights

  • ‘Between Western and Chinese Marxist Approaches to Human Rights’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘Statement of Fact: China Upholds and Promotes Human Rights in Accord with Internationally Agreed Norms’ (2019) – download here.
  • ‘What About the Uyghur?’ (2020) – download here.
  • ‘Why Xinjiang? Why Now?’ (2018) – download here.
  • The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Mao’s Liberation of Tibet’ (2018) – download here.
  • ‘What About the Chinese Workers?’ (2018) – download here.

Publications in Chinese Newspapers

  • ‘What Have We Learned, and What Will the World Look Like?’ Guangming Daily, 12 May, 2020. Download Chinese here, and English here.
  • ‘World’s Top Marxism Expert has a Crush on China’s Socialist Model’, Xinhua News, 6 May, 18. Download Chinese here, and Englsih here.
  • ‘Contradiction in Chinese Marxist Philosophy’. Marxist Studies Monthly, 26 May, 2016. Download Chinese here.
  • ‘Contradiction: The Key to Understanding the Sinification of Marxism’. Chinese Social Sciences Today, 12 April, 2017. Download Chinese here, and English here.
  • ‘Fundamental Limitations of US Democracy’. People’s Daily, 15 August, 2015. Download Chinese here, and English here.

‘Western’ Misperceptions

  • ‘Believing in Ghosts: Unravelling the “China Threat” Narrative (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Codes and Conspiracies, or, Trying to Understand the Infantile Disorder of “Left-Wing” Communism’ (2018) – download here.
  • Narratives of Betrayal: A ‘Western’ Trope (2017) – download here.
  • ‘Losurdo on Hong Kong and “June 4”: Colonialism by Other Means and a Failed “Colour Revolution” (2019) – download here.
  • ‘Lousy Evidence: On the Uselessness of “Defector” Testimony (2019) – download here.
  • ‘How Anti-China Stories are Concocted’ (2020) – download here.

Other Material

  • ‘Ideals in the Mountains: Hiking with Mao and Friends’ (2014) – download here.
  • ‘Lenin in China’ (2012) – download here.
  • ‘The Passing of Domenico Losurdo’ (2018) – download here.