Marxist IQ: April hodgepodge (answers)

April 9, 2020
Marxist IQ: April hodgepodge (answers)


1. In what may be its greatest April Fool’s joke, the U.S. capitalist class has long sought to convince the working-class majority of people that they belong to the “middle class,” with a class above them and a class below. Marxists define “middle class” as

c. small-business owners, storekeepers, and landlords.


2. If Lenin were alive today, he would see which of the following as examples of his theory of imperialism?

a. U.S. attempts to “contain” the Peoples Republic of China and blame it for COVID-19
b. U.S attempts to overthrow the government of Venezuela, continue its blockade against Cuba, and defend the coup in Bolivia in the face of the COVID-19 crisis
c. U.S. leadership in continuing sanctions against Iran while it is hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis
d. All of the above


3. U.S capitalists and their allies sought to develop a schizophrenic view of the People’s Republic of China, condemning it as a “totalitarian Communist country” and at the same time seeing it as an aggressive capitalist rival to the U.S. The Communist Party of China and government define their policy as

b. developing a socialism with Chinese characteristics through a mixed social market economy with both public and private sectors, and the public sector controlling internal investment capital and pursuing a peace-oriented foreign policy to promote a “shared future for humankind.”


4. The Trump administration in its response to the COVID-19 crisis

c. continues to insult Democratic Party opponents and major newspapers and networks and make contradictory policy statements, creating frustration and confusion as the U.S. becomes the world center of the crisis in terms of verified cases and deaths.


5. Marxists see the working class, representing the overwhelming majority of the world’s people, as most at risk from the virus because

c. of capitalist exploitation, which creates inequality and poverty; overcrowded living conditions with inferior health care, nutrition, housing, and sanitation; and underlying chronic conditions making them most vulnerable to contracting and spreading the virus.


Score: 0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!!

1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.

2 to 3 wrong: Class conscious worker – study harder.

4 to 5 wrong: Danger! deviations possible. study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!


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