Chinese Revolution

ChinaDespite its many faults and failings, the Chinese Revolution is second only to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 as the greatest event of the 20th century and will have even greater impact on the 21st century. In 1949 the People’s Liberation Army led by the Chinese Communist Party, took power and within a short span of time snuffed out capitalism and landlordism. Hundreds of millions of human beings threw off their humiliating and degrading yoke and entered world history as citizens of an independent country. The establishment of the People’s Republic of China marked a monumental change in world history.

The state attempted to reach a compromise with the bourgeois elements, but this failed to materialise, not due to any conscious move on the part of the Communist Party leaders towards “socialism” but because the interests of the peasants and workers were irreconcilable with those of the corrupt Chinese national bourgeoisie. Step by step Mao found himself having to take over the whole economy and by the mid-1950s China had become what we would term as a “deformed workers’ state”. By this is meant a state where the economic base of a workers’ state has been established, i.e. the expropriation of the landlords and the capitalists, state ownership of the means of production and centralised planning, but it is “deformed” because the workers do not hold state power directly, do not have control over the system as a whole.

Our book China: From Permanent Revolution to Counter-Revolution provides much information on what really happened in the build up to 1949 and the period that followed. It shows how a Stalinist party, whose proclaimed aim was to achieve the “first stage”, bourgeois-democratic revolution, was forced in spite of itself to move very quickly to the “second stage” and abolish capitalism. This was a brilliant confirmation in practice of Trotsky’s theory of the Permanent Revolution, albeit in a deformed manner. The more recent return to capitalism, i.e. counter-revolution, also confirms Trotsky’s perspectives as developed in his classic The Revolution Betrayed. Thus the title, “China: from Permanent Revolution to Counter-Revolution”, encapsulates the essence of 90 years of Chinese history and reveals what really happened.

Title Created Date Author
Does Mao's ‘Combat Liberalism’ actually combat liberalism? 09 January 2019 Parson Young
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Ten 23 March 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Nine 15 March 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Eight 10 March 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Seven 01 March 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Six 23 February 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Five 16 February 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Four 09 February 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Three: The CCP at war 26 January 2016 Daniel Morley
[Book] China: From Permanent Revolution to Counter-Revolution 21 January 2016 John Peter Roberts
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part Two: The Sino-Japanese War 19 January 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1937-49 – The Unfolding of Historical Necessity: China’s Great Revolution – Part One 11 January 2016 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Nine 20 December 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Eight 19 December 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Eight 03 December 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Six 01 November 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The Development of Maoism – Part Seven 16 October 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Five 07 May 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Four 15 February 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Three 18 January 2013 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism – Part Two 19 December 2012 Daniel Morley
The Chinese Communist Party 1927-37 – The development of Maoism - Part 1 09 November 2012 Daniel Morley
90 Years of the Chinese Communist Party - Part Five 26 September 2011 Daniel Morley
90 Years of the Chinese Communist Party - Part Four 20 September 2011 Daniel Morley
90 Years of the Chinese Communist Party - Part Three 06 September 2011 Daniel Morley
90 Years of the Chinese Communist Party - Part Two 22 July 2011 Daniel Morley
90 Years of the Chinese Communist Party – Part One 01 July 2011 Daniel Morley
[Audio] The Chinese Revolution of 1949 14 October 2009 Alan Woods
The Chinese Revolution of 1949 – Part Two 07 October 2009 Alan Woods
The Chinese Revolution of 1949 – Part One 01 October 2009 Alan Woods
What is really happening in China? 14 January 2005 Alan Woods
Wang Fanxi - Chinese Trotskyist, 1907-2003 15 January 2003 Rob Sewell
[Ted Grant] Nixon-Mao—What Talks Mean 07 March 1972 Ted Grant
[Ted Grant] Moscow - Peking, the real differences 13 May 1965 Ted Grant
[Ted Grant] Stalinist land programme wins peasants - Chiang’s conscripts roped to prevent escape 27 January 1949 Ted Grant
[Ted Grant] Wainwright Blunders Again On The Chinese Revolution 09 February 1943 Ted Grant
Appeal to All the Comrades of the Chinese Communist Party 10 December 1929 Chen Du Xiu