You mean an oligarchy of unelected, powerful, people take over all of the means of production? I guess so.davidbrainerd wrote:Isn't neoliberal capitalism essentially communism?Ben wrote:And neoliberal capitalism doesn't have blood on its hands?
I think not.
This whole thing seems moot to me. There's only a couple of countries that are Communist anymore.
Sure, one can point out many faults in China and other former communist countries but:
1. China (and the others) is no longer communist. Authoritarian neoliberal would be a possible description, with, as far as I can figure from my Chinese friends, less social services than countries in Western Europe or Australasia. So, the people who are currently being persecuted are by no stretch of the imagination "victims of communism".
2. It's infinitely better than it was when it was under Mao's wacky control. I have friends who suffered through the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. They have not forgotten...
The key things my Chinese friends have worries about are:
1. Lack of social services, therefore potential problems in retirement.
The same problems people are concerned about about in places such as the Philippines, Thailand, much of South America...
Fluffy Western ideas about "democracy" are not high on their priorities, even for those who have lived a significant time in the West...