Why would one join the Chinese Communist Party? Or, how socialism has become ingrained within Chinese culture

STALIN'S MOUSTACHE

Is the communist party of China a bunch of mean, nasty and greedy old men, terrorising and suppressing a fearful population? Do they merely use socialism as a thin veneer for outright greed, maintaining power by authoritarian means when needed? I have heard not a few voice such opinions. Yet it jars somewhat with my experience of finding many young people keen to join the party. Why would they desire to join a party that is supposedly widely disparaged and held in disdain? In order to understand rather the impose presuppositions, I set out to find out a little more. This has required an increasingly extensive series of discussions and interviews – an early component of a much larger project called ‘Socialism with “National” Characteristics’.

A few basic facts will help set the scene. The CPC (Communist Party of China) itself has a little less than one million members. One…

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One Response to Why would one join the Chinese Communist Party? Or, how socialism has become ingrained within Chinese culture

  1. beetleypete says:

    Replied on the original. Good re-blog.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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