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Maoism Or Capitalism From Economic Perspectives?

Maoism Or Capitalism From Economic Perspectives?

By Kamala Sarup

The difficulty we have today is that the "Maoism And Capitalism" of economic and social system. Where once we knew as much (actually, much more) about Maoism as we know about capitalism, now one is hard pressed to find anyone who has even read Lenin, much less a devastating critique of him such as one finds in Solzhenitsyn.

The trick is recognizing that the critique is a riddle making use of Churchill's famous statement about democracy, capitalism is the worst possible system except for all the others. In reality there are two extremes:

total control of economic matters


total "hands off" of economic matters.

In reality, every system is a compromise. Yet it has long been understood (not by the Maoists or certain others) that there are "red lines," the closer one goes to either extreme.

That is, there are limits which are exceeded at great peril, to the society concerned. In point of historical fact, it has rarely been the case that the "hands off" red line has been crossed, quite often that the "too much supervision" red line has been crossed.

What I also understand is that "capitalism" is not an economic system so much as recognition of a fundamental reality: it is the accumulation of "capital" which allows investment, which allows creation.

That such efforts normally fail is simple. That is, it proves very difficult to tell people to "be free" in certain areas but not in others. Sooner or later, they start crossing the regime's red lines!

On the other side I want to argue like here's an Adam Smith quote in it I used. Smith said "civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor." Smith would have railed against giant corporations if he were alive today. They plunder the world and we fight wars for them like in Iraq.

I think Marx was one of the most misunderstood. He believed in a dialectic that eventually would destroy all class divisions and finally create a wonderful society without any. It remains to be seen if it will ever happen. I know I won't live to see it nor do I necessarily believe it can or will happen.

Why Many Deaths Then?

1. The most severe accusations made against Communist states is that they were responsible for tens of millions of deaths. Most Communist states held the death penalty as a legal form of punishment for most of their existence. A number of Communist states also held forced labour as a legal form of punishment for certain periods of time, and, again, critics argue that the majority of those sentenced to forced labour camps were political opponents. (Source:http://en.wikipedia, 2006)

"It is difficult to deal with tragedy when you and your family have to suffer at the hands of others - others who merely claim they know how the world should be and kill others to make it that way. When they claim to have all the answers for the world, and when they are willing to kill all those who do not agree, we have a problem. That is what has happened to Nepal". My friend Tom again added.

I take a humanist position against all Maoists, wars and injustice. I hate all the "isms".

I believe, peace and true economic harmony with a good system is very hard to establish and even harder to hold onto.

If we want a good economic system the situation must be the same everywhere. End bad policies, End bad leaders, End Terrorism, End Innocents Deaths.

If people had a society based on equity and justice for everyone, the problem would be solved.

Most countries do the opposite.

It's always the issue of the privileged not caring, the poor and desperate get hurt and women especially get hurt the most and they started to support different systems.

There are many good people everywhere fighting against injustice and for peace. The problem is there aren't enough of them and their resources are limited.


A Nepali Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarupis specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace,Anti War, Women, Terrorism, Anti Fascism, Democracy, and Development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment (Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women through media,(Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism (Media research). Two Stories collections. Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in Nepal in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development.

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