You cannot be a leftist and oppose Communist China – end of story. Let me put it another way, you can say you are a
Marx and Engels developed this thinking during the 19th century, whilst Lenin, Stalin and Mao (amongst others) developed the dialectical thinking that defines Scientific Socialism for the 20th century. Trotskyism, of course, is something of a ‘still birth’ within Revolutionary thinking, a dialectical dead-end that impersonates certain aspects of Marxism, whilst surrendering to every aspect of the capitalist system and making peace with its oppressive nature.
Conformist Revolutionaries are easy to spot. They state (without any reliable evidence) that Mao and Stalin were tyrants and mass killers, and that Hitler was a very maligned and misunderstood world leader (conformist Revolutionaries, whilst having no time for Marx or Lenin, nevertheless are perfectly willing to entertain the thought that Hitler might have been ‘innocent’ of the crimes he committed).
Russia was the birthplace of the October Revolution led by Lenin, and can be legitimately considered the home of the Socialist Revolution – (with the Soviet Union) being a great Revolutionary mentor. The victory of the October Revolution declared to the world that the Socialist System had transitioned from being an advanced theory (on paper) and into a practical reality, that initiated a ‘new era’ in human history.
The USSR lives on in memory and in material fact. It collapsed from the combined pressures of Trotsky, Khrushchev, Gorbachev and Western capitalism. What the
The Red Flag is ‘red’ because it represents the blood of the Workers sacrificed all over the world to secure rights, justice and freedom for the ordinary people. The tradition of a ‘Red Flag’ may have began during the 1871 Paris Commune.