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State Capitalist Aspirations And The Two-Stage Theory Of Revolution In The Philippines

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This chapter focuses on the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Since its founding in 1968, the CPP has advocated a Two-Stage Theory. It examines the political and historical conditioning of the CPP's historic blunder in early 1986. Setting the social and historical context for that blunder, the chapter explains the technocratic proclivities embedded in state capitalist ideology, organization and leadership that restrained the Party at the crucial moment. State capitalist ideology, as the author argues in the chapter, limited the revolutionary potential of the CPP, despite its advocacy on behalf of impoverished agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, women, and employed urban workers. The chapter summarize - and then offer an alternative to - three standard explanations of the Party's stunning miscalculation. It analysis also suggests the need for comparative studies of decision-making by would-be revolutionary parties with state capitalist aspirations when confronted by large, powerful and unexpected protests against tyranny.

Keywords: Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP); Philippines; state capitalist aspirations; two-stage theory



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