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92nd Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution: Lenin and Stalin as Mass Leaders

To mark the 92nd anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution on November 7th 2009, I am posting the following article by William Z. Foster from 1939, “Lenin and Stalin as Mass Leaders“:

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The legacy of October lives on!

The great revolution of October, 1917, which abolished Russian capitalism and landlordism and set up the Soviet government, resulted in the establishment of socialism throughout one-sixth of the earth, and is now surging forward to the building of communism, constitutes the deepest-going, farthest-reaching, and most fundamental mass movement in all human history. The two chief figures in the Communist Party heading this epic struggle—Lenin and Stalin—have continuously displayed, in its course, unequalled qualities as political leaders of the working class and of the toiling people generally.

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Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China

China celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding, its National Day, on October 1st. In this video Keith Bennett of the Hands Off China Campaign speaks on George Galloway’s weekly program “The Real Deal” on Press TV.

Please see also the video series here: Reasons to Support China

CPC News: Chinese, U.S. trade unions seek closer ties

The following is from the website of the Communist Party of China:

Wang Zhaoguo (R), president of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), meets with Anna Burger, president of Change to Win, and head of the visiting U.S. union leaders delegation, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 26, 2009. Change to Win is a coalition of U.S. unions representing 6 million workers. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Wang Zhaoguo (R), president of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), meets with Anna Burger, president of Change to Win, and head of the visiting U.S. union leaders delegation, in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 26, 2009. Change to Win is a coalition of U.S. unions representing 6 million workers. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

China’s top trade union leader, Wang Zhaoguo, and a group of visiting U.S. union leaders Wednesday agreed to explore new ways to cooperate.

Wang told Anna Burger, president of Change to Win, a coalition of U.S. unions representing 6 million workers, that Chinese trade unions hoped to strengthen cooperation with Change to Win based on independence, equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s affairs.

“Trade unions around the world should cement exchanges and cooperation amid the global economic downturn, to better safeguard the interests of workers and promote global economic development,” said Wang, president of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) and a senior Chinese legislator.

Burger hoped to further enhance contacts and cooperation with the 100-million strong ACFTU through the week-long visit to China.

The U.S. union leaders arrived in Beijing Monday. Earlier Wednesday, they signed a memorandum with their ACFTU counterparts to facilitate exchanges and cooperation.

The two sides set up a regular exchange mechanism in May 2007 during Burger’s ice-breaking China tour, ending a decades-long boycott of China by U.S. labor groups.

Source: Xinhua

Film from the People’s Republic of China: “My Long March”

This movie, “My Long March”, was made by the PRC’s August First Film Studio in 2006 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Long March.

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3/11 (the Zunyi Conference)

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Revolutionary Songs from People’s China

Socialism is Good!

Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China

Continuing the Revolution is Not a Dinner Party: Looking Back at Tiananmen Square, the Defeat of Counter-Revolution in China

The following is from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization:

the-goddess-of-democracy-in-tiananmen-squareWe are publishing the paper, Continuing the Revolution is Not a Dinner Party written 20 years ago during the 1989 turmoil in China. Authored by Mick Kelly, a leading member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, this paper was produced in the context of a major two-line debate in our organization on socialism and China.

We are publishing it now, because with the 20th anniversary of the events at Tiananmen Square upon us, there are already attempts underway to attack socialism, the Chinese revolution, and those that defend it. We do not see this paper as a definitive statement of our organization on the many political movements and great debates that occurred in China since 1949. Rather we think the paper stands as a rigorous effort to use Marxism to understand the near defeat of the Chinese revolution that took place some 20 years ago.

In Continuing the Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, Mick Kelly does a good job of explaining the origins, development, and reactionary reality of the Chinese student movement, as well as its relationship to Chinese society and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the 1980s. The paper supports Marxism-Leninism and the Chinese revolution while investigating and evaluating the problems faced and errors made by the CCP. The paper is provocative reading for Marxists because it challenges both social-democratic and ultra-left views regarding socialism and continuing the class struggle within socialist countries.

The author defends the leading party’s attempts to develop a modern socialist society, the need to combat revisionism within the party and society, and to beat back counter-revolution and the restoration of capitalism. On the down side the paper was overly hopeful about the outcome of the struggle against revisionism and capitalist restoration in Eastern Europe, and underestimated the growth of the capitalist sector of the Chinese economy in the years to come.

Many issues raised in Continuing the Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party were settled in the early 1990s. For example, some western leftists back then held that the overthrow of existing socialism would lead to a new improved socialism. Those who held this view were soon proved wrong by the counter-revolutions in Eastern Europe and the USSR, where restored capitalism led to mass unemployment, societal decay and wars that continue to this day. As the U.S. ruling class celebrated this, many of the counter-revolutionary Chinese students, hyped as heroes by U.S. corporate media, were able to escape justice, reappearing to make their fortunes in the west. These pro-imperialist reactionaries praised the armed attacks on the People’s Liberation Army and openly expressed their dreams of bringing capitalism to China.

We hope that those interested in revolutionary change today can learn something from this paper. We are now in a situation where Marxism-Leninism is gaining strength and popularity around the world and the socialist countries are modernizing. Proletarian revolutionaries in many countries can make advances while the U.S. economic crisis deepens. Our hope is this paper will help to further the understanding of why supporting socialism and China is important to everyone who is fighting imperialism and to everyone who wants a better way of life.

Freedom Road Socialist Organization

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Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of China’s May 4th Movement

20080219-mayfourth20osuToday marks the 90th Anniversary of China’s May Fourth Movement, the movement of anti-feudal and anti-imperialist revolutionary students and youth out of which the Communist Party of China was born. In honor of this day, I am posting here two article by Mao Zedong from May 4th, 1939, “The May 4th Movement” and “The Orientation of the Youth Movement“, commemorating the twentieth anniversary of May 4th.

THE MAY 4TH MOVEMENT

[Comrade Mao Tse-tung wrote this article for newspapers in Yenan to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the May 4th Movement.]

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The May 4th Movement twenty years ago marked a new stage in China’s bourgeois-democratic revolution against imperialism and feudalism. The cultural reform movement which grew out of the May 4th Movement was only one of the manifestations of this revolution. With the growth and development of new social forces in that period, a powerful camp made its appearance in the bourgeois-democratic revolution, a camp consisting of the working class, the student masses and the new national bourgeoisie. Around the time of the May 4th Movement, hundreds of thousands of students courageously took their place in the van. In these respects the May 4th Movement went a step beyond the Revolution of 1911.

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