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

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WANG (in a low voice): I am now ready to face the criticism, repudiation, and struggle of the masses.


21
On Case Examination Work

Kang Sheng

Our translation of this lecture given to representatives of "mass" organizations, case examination groups, and the PLA in Jilin Province on 8 February 1968 is based on the excerpt published as "Kang Sheng tongzhi tan zhuan'an gongzuo" in Chinese Academy of Sciences Revolutionary Committee, ed., Xuexi wenjian (Study Documents), Vol. 2 ( April 1968), pp. 10-12.

Comrades who are involved in the work of examining special cases must, first of all, master and hold firmly to Mao Zedong Thought. Second, they must have a clear and correct class viewpoint. What they are dealing with are one traitor [after another], and the longer they deal with something like that, the greater the likelihood of their minds becoming confused, and, slowly, maybe their own ways of thinking, their own ideology, will become affected. One day you find out about a traitor here, and the next day you deal with another traitor over there; and in the meantime, all the material is concentrated here, in your hands; O good gracious! The Chinese Communist Party is such a great, glorious and correct party; how could things have become so dark, so black all over? [Maybe it is] no longer quite so great, glorious, or correct[?] ([Original editor's comment] Some omissions here.) Unless you have a rock-solid firm and steadfast standpoint, slowly your own viewpoint and standpoint can be shaken, and you will begin to waver. [What you see is] Liu Shaoqi turns out to be a renegade, and Peng Zhen too; Yang Shangkun was in secret and illicit communications with a foreign government, and An Ziwen, too, was a traitor. After you have read [all the material on these cases], everywhere you turn your eyes, things are black all over; what greatness, what glory, is there to talk about? This is why I say unless your class viewpoint is clear and firm, you are liable to waver. After you have worked with case examinations for a good part of the day, you might ask yourself:

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