Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Professor Dongping Han interview on “The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village

The Project Censored Show, Pacifica looked at sixty-year history of China from the Great Leap Forward, through the Cultural Revolution and the Communist Party.

In studio with Peter Phillips for the hour is Professor Dongping Han author of “The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village. Joining him also is Ann Tompkins educator/activist who worked and studied in China for five years during the height of China’s Cultural Revolution.

Audio here :


Democracy and Class Struggle says  that the view of the Paris Commune amongst the liberals and some socialists was as described  in A Short Account of the Commune of Paris by E. Belfort Bax, Victor Dave  William Morris at the end of the 19th century  :

"And, especially in this country, is the ignorance dense concerning these wonderful events; it is not too much to say that in England the Commune of Paris is looked upon, even by most of those who would shrink from being branded as reactionaries, by those even who consider themselves in sympathy with the popular cause, Democrats, Radicals, and such-like, as a piece of mad and murderous folly, excusable, perhaps, after the sufferings and shame of the German invasion and the siege of Paris, but at the best causeless, aimless, and most disastrous to the progress of humanity"

When the bourgeoisie talk of the Paris Commune and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution has as a piece of mad and murderous folly" we should look closer - has both events contain valuable lessons for the revolutionary movement today especially now the Marxist Leninist Maoist Movement is in the process of rebuilding itself.

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