Sunday, April 23, 2006

A Word of Caution


The small country of Nepal has been grabbing headlines this week as the people struggle for a democratic society and the overthrow of King Gyanendra. The left-wing of Nepalese politics has seen a boon from this conflict, and the prospects for a democratic socialist society are promising. The Nepali Congress Party (a member of the Socialist International) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) have been leaders in the Nepalese Revolution, but a third "left-wing" group threatens stability and democracy in the region - the Maoist rebels.

For decades some leftists have held onto the notion that Maoism is a legitimate and viable system, we need to disavow ourselves of that illusion. Mao Tse-Tsung's crimes and misguided policies are tantamount to those of Hitler and Stalin. While I have no doubt that most modern Maoists are good people, they are horribly misguided. Mao's theory of "New Democracy", which the Nepali Maoists plan to implement, is little more than dictatorship under another name. The Maoist rebels in Nepal have managed to gain support amongst portion of the peasant population by promising them democracy and an end to poverty, but this is simple deception.

If the Nepali people can't settle for the pseudo-socialist dictatorship like China did in 1949. Today, as King Gyanendra promises to restore the Parliament and give up executive power, Nepal has the chance to do away with poverty, but Maoism isn't the answer. Instead, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) must provide a democratic solution to the problem.