China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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on the part of the handful of persons in the Party who are in authority and taking the capitalist road and the ghosts and monsters in society.

A big question now confronting the people of the whole country is whether to carry the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution through to the end, or to abandon it halfway. All revolutionary comrades must keep a cool head and not get confused. "With power and courage to spare we must pursue the tottering foe and not ape Xiang Yu the conqueror seeking idle fame."1 At present, we should especially keep this teaching of Chairman Mao's in mind.


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Learn from the Liberation Army in Political Work

Anonymous

Source: This unusual record of an almost stream-of-consciousness-like approach to political work comes from a booklet ( Xuexi jiefangjun zhengzhi gongzuo jingyan) put out by the Industry and Transport Political Department of the Beijing East City District Temporary Party Committee in January 1967. We have attempted as far as possible to preserve the layout of the original (e.g., its extensive use of arrows, boxes, borders, etc.) in order to give the reader of the translation a "feel" for how the intended readership might have been expected to read it.

Giving prominence to politics
What is Politics?
Be it revolutionary or counter-revolutionary, politics is always a
struggle of one class against another and not merely the activity
of a few individuals.
____________________
1
Lines quoted from Mao Zedong's poem "The People's Liberation Army Occupies Nanjing" ( April 1949).

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