The oxen and communism

Progress has always been an exciting topic for human being. As a curious creature, we tend to see things in a line: both backward and forward. Throwing a ball into the room, the dogs will run after it while a man will look for where it is from and heading to. For kids, the curiosity … Continue reading The oxen and communism

Leadership in Asia: The Saints are marching out

Asian society will be better off without idolizing their leaders These are sad days in Vietnam, when millions are mourning for their national hero Vo Nguyen Giap, the mastermind behind Vietnam’s historic victories against colonial France and the United States, who passed away on October 4.  The “Red Napoleon,” as his enemies call him, was … Continue reading Leadership in Asia: The Saints are marching out

Marx and his legacy (part 3): The myth of Marxist strong states

Marxism should not be an excuse for authoritarian states The rise and fall of Soviet bloc in 20th century, and the emerging authoritarian one-party rules in some Asian countries in early 21st century are usually linked to Marxist idea of “the dictatorship of proletariat.” As China claims to follow Marxism and Maoist thoughts, Vietnam claims … Continue reading Marx and his legacy (part 3): The myth of Marxist strong states

Marx and his legacy (part 2): the Proletarian Question

“The worldview of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it.” (George Orwell, 1984). Who moves the history forward? Marx’s historical materialism has so far argued well how inevitable a flawed system should be replaced by a more progressive one. Just as feudalism gave way for capitalism, capitalism will in the … Continue reading Marx and his legacy (part 2): the Proletarian Question

Marx and his legacy (part 1): Communist society and human nature

 My personal sketches on Karl Marx and his thought People have been talking, discussing, disgusting, idolizing, criticizing and a lot of other “-ings” about Karl Marx since 19th century. Since a whole lifetime might be not enough to “scientifically” understand this terrific figure, and I have only a lifetime, I choose to approach him by … Continue reading Marx and his legacy (part 1): Communist society and human nature