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Today there is no doubt that the word "communism" has received a negative verdict by a large majority, to the point of being almost unanimous. It is only used to describe the unstoppable decline of the communist parties in Western Europe, especially in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Observe its almost total rejection in the space of the conquests or reconquests of Soviet Russia at the end of the last world war: from Poland to East Germany or from Hungary to the recent Ukraine, from Bulgaria to the Baltic States, the communist sequence of the aftermath of the Second World War is being thrown into oblivion. In Russia, the word "communism" now refers almost exclusively to state or patriotic residues. And in China itself, where the word "communist" is still associated with the single dominant party, it is hardly used. We say "the Party" in the same way we say "the state." When Xi Jinping solemnly declares that, and I quote, "the Party decides everything", he dispenses with the adjective "communist", although Chinese leaders have never publicly suppressed this adjective.