Discovering Chinese Socialism: A Personal Account — STALIN’S MOUSTACHE

Despite my best intentions, I had first come to China some eleven years ago with a pile of preconceptions and ways of understanding socialism. One by one they have been challenged, undermined and then crumbled. Since then, I have been rebuilding my understanding virtually from scratch. Some of these preconceptions were superficial, although I was […]…

Reading Xi Jinping – Posted by stalinsmoustache

Over a quiet stretch in Beijing, I was able to read Xi Jinping’s first volume as president of China. As one would expect, it is a series of selected statement on key issues, called The Governance of China (Tan zheguolizheng), published in 2014. It is, I must admit, an extraordinary read. To begin with, it […]…

Famine and Socialism — STALIN’S MOUSTACHE

One of the great myths concerning socialist collectivisation of agriculture is that it produced ‘man-made’ famines, since it is supposedly less ‘efficient’. This story is perpetrated by friend and foe alike. Example 1: The famine of 1932-33 in the Soviet Union, which is supposed to have been ‘man-made’. Let me set the context. During the […]…