Marx’s Contribution to Humanism

I found this in my old teaching notes as I’m organizing my library and I wanted to share it with you:

“Chinese socialism may, of course, bear the same relation to European socialism as Chinese to Hegelian philosophy. But it is still amusing to note that the oldest and most unshakable empire on earth has, within eight years, been brought to the brink of a social revolution by the cotton bales of the English bourgeoisie; in any event, such a revolution cannot help but have the most important consequence for the civilized world. When our European reactions, in the course of their imminent flight through Asia, finally arrive at the Great Wall of China, at the gates which lead to the home of primal reaction and primal conservatism, who knows if they will not find written thereon the legend:

Republique Chinoise
Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite”

- Karl Marx, London, January 31, 1850

Economic Trends in the Post-Crisis 21st Century

Dear Friends,

Among the articles received from Beijing in the last few days are two that not only amuse me but reveal an interesting direction in which the 21st century is moving.

One of the articles is titled “China’s FDI up 7.7% in Q1″ and the other is “China Unveils New Rules for Foreign Investment.” We attach both of these as links at the bottom of this email.

Clearly, foreign capital is being invested in a post-crisis mode. However, it is foreign capital into China not necessarily in the home countries, particularly the USA. These short articles reveal the difference between western capital dragging its feet in building high tech green economies and China which is making this a major principle in their planning and will no doubt achieve supremacy in that direction. We quote, in particular, the short paragraph which sums up China’s approach in contrast to the pure profit approach of western capital:

“According to the new regulations, China still welcomes foreign investment in high-tech industries, services sectors, energy-saving and environmental protection, but polluting and energy-gorging or projects in industries running at overcapacity are not wanted.”

As always, we welcome your comments.

China’s FDI up 7.7% in Q1

China unveils new rules for foreign investment

Sincerely,
Sidney

The Beijing Review on BRIC

Dear Colleagues,

Just got the Beijing Review which has a very important article on world development and I want immediately to share it with you. It deals with the development of a bipolar world with two centers of international relations: one, the sector dominated by the USA in the capitalist world, and the other, a new formation of an organization which has a cooperative content of working together in trade and development without political domination.

The organization is called BRIC standing for Brazil, Russia, India, and China, who have formed a relation just recently for the very purpose of development in a cooperative manner. This is the essence of world development for the 21st-century, which we had accomplished in an article some time ago without any indication of definite forms of development. This is the first major international form which will grow.

I’m confident that you will react positively, however, if you differ please tell me.

You can read the article here: http://www.bjreview.com.cn/world/txt/2010-02/26/content_248932.htm

Sincerely,
Sidney

Humanism: The Heart of Socialism

Dear Friends,

 

We would like to share a very exciting moment with you! Since the Republicans called Obama a socialist, I undertook an intensive study on the origins of socialism. I found that the very word originated with religious people in the latter part of the feudal era of Europe in their cry against exploitation of serfs and some aspects of the rise of wage labor capitalist production relations. I found the thread of the struggle for humanism, since the breakdown of tribal communal society, to be the nodal point of social protest against class exploitation in different economic structures.

 

I decided to write a book titled “Humanism: The Heart of Socialism.” The easiest way for me to record it was through my television show “Pacific Rim News Review.” I’ve completed eight, half-hour presentations representing eight chapters in a book I intend to put into literary form. As a result, we wound up with eight shows that were put on two DVDs and represent a “video-book.” I discussed with publishers how to market such an idea since 1.5 million literary works will be digitized within the year for sale online. Alas, they showed no interest in answering my questions. We now plan to contact up to six different commercial online giants to see if marketing can be arranged in a general sense.  We have also begun to contact many organizations some of which have websites or blogs and have offered to post my videos.

 

Attached to this note is a view of the project which contains an index of all the chapters to give you an idea of its scope. We now have additional ideas along similar lines to go deeper into a number of ideological and political questions. In the meantime, we have arranged for the production of the two DVDset which is now available. I would like to make them available to all of my colleagues and would be happy to send them to you at our cost which includes shipping and handling. This comes to around $17.00. We have told organizations that are interested that they can have them at cost and sell them at an acceptable price for a two-DVD set which I understand runs from anywhere between $25 and $50. Should you be interested in having a set, we would also send you additional ones to sell to organizations and individuals and use the profit to contribute to your favorite political organization. This is what we are doing.

 

Having spent generations teaching and studying Classical Marxism and following the changes that have been taking place in the 20th century under the failed Soviet Union which gave capitalism the grist for propaganda against socialism, I believe that this approach has the stamp of reality and brings the concept of socialism to its historic moment.

 

I’m approaching you in the name of the struggle for democracy and socialism in our own country to help open the eyes of the vast population to what this kind of historic change (that will ultimately come about unless capitalism destroys the world) will be like.

 

I look forward to your reaction either about the idea or to ask that we send you the DVDs. The material is copyrighted; however, feel free to share the “video-book” in any way you feel pushes the message of socialism. In this light, please do not duplicate the series. I am also prepared to travel and take part in any lectures or presentations related to this subject.

 

Sincerely,

Sidney

How A Speech Won the Cold War

William Taubman on Khrushchev in the New York Times:

 FIFTY years ago today, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave a “secret speech” at the 20th Communist Party Congress that changed both his country and the world. By denouncing Stalin, whose God-like status had helped to legitimize Communism in the Soviet Bloc, Khrushchev began a process of unraveling it that culminated in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. This great deed deserves to be celebrated on its anniversary.

But it is also a good time to ponder this question: What are we to think of a leader whose great deeds do not bring about the consequences intended? It is a question worth consideration by all leaders — particularly Khrushchev’s current heir, Vladimir Putin, who has tried to bring his nation into the 21st century by wielding the autocratic hand of a 19th-century czar.