Socialism in the 21st century?: A case study of the People's War in Nepal
LE3 .A278 2013
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis is an exploration of the ways in which the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) has moved Nepal closer to realising a truly socialist state as defined by Michael A. Lebowitz. This work includes an analysis of the practices of the CPN-M throughout the period of the People’s War in Nepal (1996-2006), with a focus on how these practices have moved the people in Nepal to greater representation. The three elements of the socialist triangle, as outlined by Michael A. Lebowitz: social ownership, social production, and the fulfilment of human needs, are defined and held as three measures of creating an ideal socialist society by which the practices of the CPN-M are juxtaposed. While it cannot be understated that the Nepal People’s War has not created this ideal socialist society, this thesis focuses on the ways that the CPN-M has, in some concrete ways, moved towards creating people who, through their own actions, have greater ability to move towards a socialist system then was perceived as possible before the beginning of the Maoist insurgency.
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