Rules of the road


On the Shelf

« This Is Your Motherfucking Party | Main | Prachanda speaks to the BBC: "Exile or Trial" for Nepal King »

February 12, 2006


the burningman

He quoted Rosa Luxemborg.



Prachanda on a BBC interview:

"His rebels now control much of the countryside, but this is a conflict most observers believe neither side can win militarily. The Maoists are pressing for an elected assembly to write a new Nepalese constitution.

Prachanda said he believed such an assembly would make Nepal into a republic. But he said his party would accept "the people's verdict".

"Whatever decision the people should give, we will be ready to accept this," he told the BBC.

Asked if that meant he would theoretically be able to accept a people's verdict of keeping the monarchy, he said: "Yes, theoretically it is like that."

This makes for a very stranged form of Moaism, doesn't it? Theoretically, how is this different from a democratic socialist monarchy, like say, Denmark?

the burningman

Start with the invitation to other parties to recognize that the communist army is to be the foundation of the national army.

Denmark has a sovereign in the person of a Queen. The people are not actually sovereign, the state is -- and the patriarchal, property-right social relations that it both symbolizes and guarantees. That's the whole point of maintaining a "vestigal" monarchy in the Western European constitutional monarchies. (It's also the sign that France had a real democratic revolution!)

There will be communist hegemony in post-revolutionary Nepal.

When Battarai directly quotes Rosa, it's a cue to a long-running debate about where agency lies.

Rosa Luxemborg is a contentious figure in the communist movement. She was a revolutionary communist and a critic of the Bolshevik model. But she was killed for her revolutionary leadership and not disputes over the means of political organization among her comrades.

Feudal social relations are going to be fully smashed. They are aiming for what is traditionally called a New Democratic revolution, which means the national bourgeoisie is not the target, nor the middle classes. Within the existing political constellation both inside and outside Nepal, their rights -- that is explicitly bourgeois right -- will be protected.

There is a call for a national constitution, and maintaining that the people themselves must play an active and deep role in this process does not mean that Prachanda or the revolutionary forces are dropping their "maximum program." Not for a minute.

Though it is challenging Mao's comments about revolution, dinner parties and what is "not so kind, courteous, restrained or magnanamous," the spirit of hope, of faith in and reliance on the people is a living example of what it is that vanguard political forces do WHEN they DO.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Hot Shots