How is this a redefinition of revolution your might ask? well, embedding an icon of capitalism into a communist system is pretty revolutionary I think. Marx would be rolling in his grave.
China’s (Deng Xiaoping’s) desire to modernize in agriculture and industry etc. saw them get in bed with the United States, and Coca-Cola and Boeing, and then attack a communist nation (Vietnam) in part because of its leanings towards Socialist country #1 the USSR! Seems like crazy stuff.
What’s really crazy stuff is that Mao was right 70% of the time. Claims like that make me think of “Lost in Translation” because I find pronouncements like that sort of funny, yet in China I know it was taken with the greatest seriousnesses.
Several fairly radical things are unrolled here. At a meeting in December 1978 Mao is denounced as a supporter of the gang of four, the protests of 1976 are declared properly revolutionary and everyone back to the 1957 anti-rightist movement who had been publicly persecuted, is let off the hook. Amazing.
Its interesting to me how Spence’s treatment of the four economic zones is different from film’s. Spence notes they were not immediately successful and required vast government investment. Its also interesting how he uses the exact same poem used in the film at the end of the democracy wall movement. You should trace the footnote on the poem. It leads to what looks like an interesting book.
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