Frontiers of World Socialism Studies. Yellow Book of World Socialism 1



by Li Shenming

Pub. Date: 2016

350 pages



The “Yellow Book” is the annual fruit of research conducted by the World Socialism Research Center attached to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which is a selection of cutting-edge and representative research articles dealing with the issues of world socialism and the world socialist movement as its driving force. Following up the newest developments, changes and transformations of our era, the global predicament resulting from the still ongoing financial crisis of 2007, the resistance of the world’s peoples from various countries to an ever-growing burden of the crisis of capitalism including outstanding events such as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. It brings together Marxist thinkers from all over the world for a common discussion and exchange of ideas and experiences. This publication is realized in cooperation with Social Sciences Academic Press China.


So far we are still in the era where the working class strives for socialist revolution and building socialism, during its development Marx and Engels have evaluated the first stage. Lenin evaluated the second stage, of monopoly capitalism, or the imperialist wars and the proletarian revolution. Deng Xiaoping was the first one who visioned the third stage and its overall features: ‘currently the world is faced with two major issues, peace and development, instead of war and revolution’.

— Wang Weiguang

Some believe that the prospects for world socialism look bleak. Others argue that the international financial crisis is deepening and socialism will soon set off a new upsurge. Viewpoints vary, but I believe pessimism is generally stronger, and is not without reason; as thorough historical materialists, we should not only see the objective conditions provided by history, but also give full play to subjective initiative.

— Li Shenming

Which forces are to blame for the sudden demise of the superpower, Soviet Union, and the CPSU with 19 mil. members? I think there were three forces, the first was the elites in the party and state government, the majority of them, their 4 evil actions gave a heavy blow. The third force was just the SU itself—its own people.

— Yuri Prokofyev

Why is Marxism on the rise again? — Today’s popular movements, Greece or elsewhere, also indicate that there’s a new will not to let our governments and our bankers inflict their crisis on the people… The revival of interest in Marxism, especially for young people comes because it provides tools for analyzing capitalism, and especially capitalist crises such as the one we’re in now.

— Quotes from Stuart Jeffries, the columnist of The Guardian, trans. by Song Lidan

The reappearance of annual Intl. Meeting of Communist and Workers’ parties is no accident, after the drastic changes and the setback, world’s communist parties have analyzed the nature and lessons of these changes and during their bilateral exchanges reiterated their commitment to Marxism and the ideal of communism, and thus a rapport was reached among them on ideological and theoretical issues…world socialist movement has encountered profound changes in the past few decades, just to mention one aspect: it has almost changed from a movement pursuing the overthrow of capitalism through a violent proletarian revolution towards a movement pursing a revolutionarily transformation of capitalism with peaceful and democratic means.

— Nie Yunlin

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