Communist Party of India(Maoist) on imperialist political economy

March 8, 2008

The Communist Party of India(Maoist) has rightly called on imperialist country communists to get concrete in applying their Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Specifically they have called for an explanation how the imperialist countries moved so lop-sidedly to services in the occupational structure.

To this day, the Wang Ming-style dogmatists cannot grasp the difference between their wishes and concrete analysis. Some are saying having the concept of labor aristocracy is good enough; however, applying it means answering how much of the population is labor aristocracy.

Others have not attempted to answer the quantity of super-profits or super-exploitation in the imperialist countries. That too is a question of application.

At this time, the “Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist)” continues to support a world party without concrete answers to these questions, when MIM has asked that that world party dissolve in accordance with the teachings of Stalin and Mao, who dissolved the Comintern world party in their day. Entirely new websites continue to arise to support vague concepts but translated into numerous languages, thus replicating Wang Ming’s and Trotsky’s approach completely. They add nothing new but re-packaging.

At this time, only the MIM actually answered concrete questions about imperialist country political economy. The others obstinately sidestepped these questions with the hope of sustaining themselves in prestige connected to translation of universal concepts. They hoped that if their websites explained concepts such as “mass line” or “labor aristocracy” and translated them or used organizations from various countries, the prestige would carry them along. There would be no need for explaining what percentage of the population is “masses” by Marxist-Leninist-Maoists definitions.

The Communist Party of India(Maoist) objects to the idea of appending “X Thought” to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Their reasoning behind that is correct. Others believe that the concrete is concentrated in the “X Thought,” when in fact there is “no Marxism that is not concrete.” So the approach of various dogmatists ready for co-optation by Wang Ming and Trotskyist line say that there is Marxism-Leninism-Maoism-MIM Thought, but only the suffix contains anything concrete. In this way they justified creating a world party based in a “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism” with nothing concrete to it.

At the very least MIM trashed that approach by showing that Mao’s struggle against Deng Xiaoping on the “theory of productive forces” echoes again and again in questions ranging from exiles to the role of technology in imperialist wages. We still live in the same basic world as Mao did, so how are we going to say that things like the “restoration of capitalism” or “theory of productive forces” or “economism” do not continue to exist today?

By pointing out this problem of concentrating the concrete analysis in a “X Thought” appendage, the Communist Party of India(Maoist) strikes a blow against the formation of a world party. After all, Deng Xiaoping yelled Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought to the top of his lungs too. If that is all he has to do to be in the world party, we are in trouble as a communist movement.

The real communist organizations should check on each other as to the effort they make in applying Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. It is a sad fact that since the 1980s we have had a shortage of people able to do that in the imperialist countries, despite Mao’s concrete example of battle against Wang Ming. This truth should not be denied with generalities about masses of white workers about to rise up at any minute. In fact, there is not even the critical mass of intellectuals present to build parties with a concrete understanding challenging MIM’s. That is part of the truth of the balance of forces in the imperialist countries. We urge our international comrades not to hold their breath for explanations that are not coming and have not been coming for decades. MIM’s opponents fundamentally do not demarcate from Wang Ming and Trotsky and see no need for concrete application of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.

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