‘The capitalists will promote us the rope with which we’ll dangle them.”
That quote, attributed to Lenin, was a colourful metaphor for what Marxists name the inner contradictions of capitalism. Perception within the inherent inevitability of the West’s imminent collapse sustained the Soviet Communists proper up-to-the-minute in 1989 when their very own system proved extra self-annihilating than something capitalism may muster.
However the outdated maxim has taken on a brand new and extra believable type at the moment. It was on show final week within the first encounter between President Biden’s overseas coverage group and the fashionable claimants to Marxism-Leninism’s primacy within the Chinese language Communist Occasion.
It was evident from the second the 2 sides sat down that an emboldened Chinese language management understands that the best ideological weapon it now holds in its more and more existential battle with America is the gleeful enthusiasm for self-destruction that characterizes a lot of elite opinion within the U.S.
When Yang Jiechi, the Communist Occasion’s foreign-affairs chief, lectured Secretary of State Antony Blinken about America’s human-rights report, its therapy of minorities and its system’s innate inequity, every part he mentioned may have been lifted straight from the pages of the Democratic Occasion’s presidential election platform, culled from Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper tales, or jotted down in a pupil’s notes from lectures delivered day by day at America’s prime universities.