Have you ever wished with your heart that there was an alternative to capitalist exploitation and oppression, but found your head telling you that the alternative has been tried and has failed?
What if there was evidence out there that shows that this alternative does indeed exist, but you were not aware of it? Wouldn't you want to read about it?
I need your help to sustain my work over the next few months while I write my latest and most important article about communism. New work overturning the previous conventional wisdom about the failure of communism iss emerged. This evidence needs to be put out to the world as part of the long term project of restoring faith in communism. I have been a long-term contributor to this project.
I have been writing about communism since 2006. My approach is to boldly confront the accepted 'facts' about communism that others dare not challenge. Despite the controversial nature of my work, it has achieved notable success. My article 'Did Mao Really Kill Millions in the Great Leap Forward?' was published on the website of the 'Monthly Review' journal:Did Mao Really Kill Millions in the Great Leap Forward?
It has been widely cited, for example, by the authors Mobo Gao and Minqi Li.
I have also had an article about the economy of the Soviet Union published in the peer-reviewed online journal 'Cultural Logic':The Need for Planning: The Restoration of Capitalism in the Soviet Union in the 1950s and the Decline of the Soviet Economy
Figures exist which show that the Soviet Union and most other cold war Eastern European economies actually prospered before the fall of the Berlin Wall. These figures are derived from the Maddison Project Database 2018 and corroborated by other sources. The new figures create a much more favourable comparison with capitalism. It is of vital importance that this information gets into the public domain. However, it needs explanation and analysis. The raw figures do not tell the whole story. The astonishing story of how the Soviet Union became one of the most powerful economies on Earth but was forced to hide its success because of the vast, secret diversion of resources to the military needs to be told. A combination of the new figures from the Maddison Database and research into the Soviet defence burden can tell this story and show how the Soviet system could have provided western levels of affluence for all its citizens if it had not been for the military competition with the United States.
For the last 30 years attempts to find some 'third way' between capitalism and communism have gone nowhere. If the oppressed people of the world are to be led out of the pit of defeatism, populism and fundamentalism, we must first prove the case for communism and then boldly propagate it once more. Our different ideological views about the Soviet Union and the other Eastern Bloc countries are not relevant here. First, we must establish that state-owned economies are viable. Then we can argue about other matters.
I cannot be a part of this process without your help. Anyone can write propaganda in their spare time. My work has to involve looking into all the available research on the subject I am writing about. I have to examine all the evidence, whether it reflects positively or negatively on communism. This I cannot do in my spare time. Funds for me to finish my article are diminishing. If you want to see it published, then please consider donating to my appeal.
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