Marxist IQ: imperialism’s anti-Communist drive

BY:Communist Party USA| August 18, 2023
Marxist IQ: imperialism’s anti-Communist drive


Against the backdrop of the Biden administration’s Cold War 2.0 escalations against the People’s Republic of China and the NYTimes‘ promotion of McCarthyism, the growing climate crisis resulting in the hottest July globally on record, and the indictments against Trump for his attempted coup on January 6, 2021, this Marxist IQ is dedicated to advancing a Marxist understanding of the struggle against imperialism and for socialism.

1. In his classic work State and Revolution Lenin

a. rejected the anarchist slogan of “smash the state.”
b. rejected the social democratic policy of working exclusively to win influence within the existing state and political system.
c. called for eliminating the old capitalist state and replacing it with a new socialist state.
d. All of the above


2. Scholars estimate that all U.S. military-related spending for the first Cold War — from the establishment of the Truman Doctrine in 1947 up to the dismemberment of the Soviet Union in 1991 — amounted to around

a. $800 billion.
b. $2 trillion.
c. $5 trillion.
d. $10 trillion.


3. Marxists see what in the U.S. is called “free enterprise” as

a. the basis for democracy.
b. the most efficient way to develop an economy.
c. the ideological and institutional foundation of capitalist exploitation and oppression.
d. the future of socialism.


4. Which former leader of the Soviet Union was the target of this post-Soviet joke: “He was arrested for being a Communist, but the case was thrown out of court for lack of evidence.”

a. Lenin
b. Andropov
c. Gorbachev
d. Stalin


5. Although people in the U.S. today are taught to revere Nelson Mandela, in the past, the U.S. government

a. directed the CIA to help South African political police capture and imprison Mandela in the early 1960s.
b. supported the apartheid government in its invasions of Angola and other African countries.
c. worked for decades to oppose all economic and other sanctions against the apartheid government, which it saw as a bulwark against Communism.
d. All of the above


6. If Trump and his co-conspirators are not tried and convicted for their role in the attempted coup on January 6, 2021, the effects could resemble those of

a. Mussolini and his fascist party’s March on Rome to establish a dictatorship in 1922.
b. Hitler’s 1933 use of the Reichstag Fire to establish a fascist dictatorship in 1933.
c. Pinochet’s fascist dictatorship in Chile, following his bloody coup against Allende’s socialist government in 1973.
d. All of the above

Answers here.


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