Samatha Bentley writes:
I will begin this by stating my objection to China being referred to as “communist”. When Marx and Engels first wrote The Communist Manifesto‘ (1848) they viewed communism as a political and economic ideology that aimed to replace private property and a profit-based economy. They would be replaced with public ownership and communal control of at least the major means of production, and of the natural resources available to all society.1 China is in fact a totalitarian state which runs on state capitalism. Totalitarianism is centralised control by an autocratic authority where the citizens is completely subject to absolute state authority.2 In my opinion, this is a very accurate description of the sort of state that China actually is and should be referred to as such.
As usual this piece of writing is my opinion and should be treated as such. I will insert links where possible to give readers the opportunity to do more reading. I will begin by writing about what happened on 4 and 5 June 1989 in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.