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Interpreting Chinese Politics

Interpreting Chinese Politics

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  1. Interpreting Chinese Politics

  2. Analyzing Chinese Politics

  3. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • totalitarian state • One party dictatorship • Absolutely loyalty to the great leader • Ideology and its imposition on society • Social groups weakened, co-opted, destroyed • Loyalty to Party, state, ideology only • Monolithic party & leadership for a common goal

  4. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • totalitarian state • State control of society through secret police & other means of dictatorship such as: • State-controlled mass organizations • State-controlled professional associations, societies • Labor camps • State control of mass media & education system • “brainwashing” & indoctrination • Abolition of systems of election • Western electoral system condemned as pseudo or deception • State control of means of production • Criminalization of private ownership

  5. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • totalitarian state • One party dictatorship • Communist Party the only ruling party • Communist Party in control of armed forces • Communist Party the highest authority • A complete and complex network of Party organizations

  6. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • totalitarian state • One party dictatorship • Absolutely loyalty to the great leader • Mao Tsetung • “Savior of the Chinese People” • “Great teacher of the Chinese and world’s people” • Great Marxist, Leninist, and revolutionary • “Chairman Mao is the brightest sun in our hearts” • “long long live Chairman Mao” • “Listen to Chairman Mao and follow Chairman Mao’s instructions”

  7. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • totalitarian state • One party dictatorship • Absolutely loyalty to the great leader • Ideology and its imposition on society • Marxism, Leninism and Mao Tsetung Thought • Ideology in school curricula • Ideology guiding press and publication • Ideological correctness a criterion of promotion • Support of Communist Party leadership • Support of nationalization • Support of Party political lines …

  8. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • totalitarian state • One party dictatorship • Absolutely loyalty to the great leader • Ideology and its imposition on society • Social groups weakened, co-opted, destroyed • To eliminate sources of competing loyalty • State-controlled groups for women, labor & youth ... • Loyalty to Party, State, and ideology only • “Love the Party and love our socialist state” • “Stick to Marxism, Leninism and Mao Tsetung Thought”

  9. Analyzing Chinese Politics • Totalitarian model • One-Party state • A strong leader • Ideology and its imposition on society • Social groups weakened, co-opted, destroyed • Loyalty to Party, state, ideology only • Monolithic party & leadership for a common goal • Internal differences do not exist • Common aspirations and strategies unite the entire Party • “democratic centralism”