Skip to comments.Xi, Mao, and China’s Search for a Usable Past
Posted on 02/09/2020 8:17:08 AM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
...Every country is engaged in the construction and reconstruction of a usable past within a continuous history. For China today, that task is distinctively important, multi-faceted, and difficult. Chinas history is extremely long and immensely complex. The Peoples Republic of China that was established in 1949 self-consciously marked a new beginning, and it defined itself in part in opposition to Chinas past...
...Mao himself is now part of Chinas history, and reconstructing and interpreting Mao is part of what Chinas leaders must do today. (They do not yet seem prepared to re-interpret the Tiananmen events of 1989, but almost surely will need to do so at some point, perhaps at several different points over time.) What is the version of Mao that will serve the Communist Party and the country?
...The first issue is where values will come from as China moves forward. China today places great value on making money and on self-interested material success, long denied to the Chinese. But values in addition to individual materialism are needed to hold a country together and make it a good country. Where will these values continue to come from in China? The announced ideology of Chinas Communist Party no longer seems to be a source of moral values for Chinese society. Indeed, it is no longer clear what that ideology really is...
...A second issue concerns Chinas historic relations with other countries. To an extent that outsiders rarely understand, Chinas leaders and people see the world through the lens of a terrible century of humiliation that China suffered at the hands of Western powers and Japan between the 1840s and 1940s. Xi Jinpings hoped-for great renewal and great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is about a return to a version of Chinas greatness that preceded the century of humiliation...
(Excerpt) Read more at chinafile.com ...
It’s a totalitarian society - no free speech, no freedom of religion or politics.
“Primary symbols” are determined by the party and forced on the populace by the party.
So there are not any true natural “symbols”.
“Xi Jinpings father, once a Vice Premier of China, was himself purged by Mao, exiled, and then jailed during the Cultural Revolution. Xis actual policies as a provincial Party Secretary and many early decisions as the new national leader would clearly have been anathema to Mao. Yet some have speculated that Xi is in fact a neo-Maoist, pointing to his frequent references to Mao Zedong thought in speeches, visits to Mao landmarks, and revival of the Maoist concept of the ‘mass line.’”
Thanks for posting! The above outtake from the OP is very telling— and indicative of the typical blindness of today’s neo-communists! NO communist government / socialist economy ever works, and thus is forced to retreat to capitalism in order to survive. Yet every communist remains a True Believer, even when their own family has been brutalized by communism.
The population of China knows the CCP is corrupt, and they wish things would change. However, the PLA is too strong, and the WuJing are everywhere.
Mas Dragonfly Eye AI system has permeated nearly every city now, and even still the public anger is growing. Dissent is growing. Passive resistance is everywhere now too.
The virus could very well be the catalyst to bring freedom to China.
A free China without the communists is in this planets best interest.
In bourgeois society the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past. [ ]Thats from the second chapter of the Communist Manifesto. The problems are by design.
Undoubtedly, it will be said, religious, moral, philosophical, and juridical ideas have been modified in the course of historical development. But religion, morality, philosophy, political science, and law, constantly survived this change. There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, Justice, etc., that are common to all states of society. But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.
I remember once arguing with a Chinese Govt cadre, who was in the Party before 1949. My argument was that China is surely more than just the CCP and Government. After all, Chinese say their nation has existed for 5000 years, while the CCP has been around at most, since 1921.
His argument was that the party, government and nation are one. He actually (unwittingly) used Christ’s parable of the grain of wheat - that it was necessary that the old grain died, but was transformed with the CCP, to produce a bountiful field of wheat.
[To an extent that outsiders rarely understand, Chinas leaders and people see the world through the lens of a terrible century of humiliation that China suffered at the hands of Western powers and Japan between the 1840s and 1940s.]
[His argument was that the party, government and nation are one. ]
And this 5,000 year thing is also BS. The people currently on this planet have ancestors dating back pretty much since the first mammal crawled out of the ocean. That the current Chinese state claims credit for the serendipitous cave drawings of the first organized settlement that left archaeologically significant artifacts thousands of years ago is no reason to take that claim seriously.
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