Mao's doctor's book

Chris Burford cburford at gn.apc.org
Fri Apr 14 09:34:52 MDT 1995


 > Date: Thu, 13 Apr 1995 15:55:45 -0400 (EDT)
 > From: Justin Schwartz <jschwart at freenet.columbus.oh.us>
 > Subject: Re: Mao's doctor's book

 >
 > Far more relevant to the assessment of the Chinesr revolution and Mao's
 > contribution than his twisted sex life and disgusting hygenic (or not)
 > habits) is the brief appraisal of the tragedy of the Cultural Revolution
 > in Hugh Deane's "Mao, A Lamentation" (Science & Society, Spring 1995).
 >
 > --Justin Schwartz

Surely. [He did not clean his teeth either.]

It is helpful to share serious references like this, and I like the title
- if it implies a lamentation not just for Mao but for millions of brave
people - but I don't know the article.

Does anyone have an overview of these various reviews of the Chinese
revolution? One of the strongest theoretical viewpoints, shared it seems
by Chinese dissident Marxists, as well as the Chinese government, was
that Mao's emphasis on ideological exhortation in an idealist fashion
overreached the material level of commodity production, and was not a
foolproof alternative to the Eastern European bureaucratic version of
state socialism.

That could also be consistent with Jim Lawler's theories about China and
the Soviet Union.

Regards,

Chris




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