The Relevance of the Western Left

Henry C.K. Liu hliu at
Wed Feb 14 22:09:40 MST 2001

S Chatterjee wrote:

>  About Deng, who
> supposedly participated in anti-rightist campaigns
> under Mao, Deng was like a chameleon.

The anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957-58 was initiated in July and August
after preliminary attacks on liberal intellectual critics by the Third
Plenum of the Eighth CC which convened in Beijing from September 21 to
October 9, 1957. Deng declared in a speech printed in the People's Daily
on October 19: "On the Rectification Campaign", that while the principle
of "Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom" was still valid, he now related it to
the "comprehensive participation of workers and peasants as writers",
announcing that from now on the CPC, in its counterattack on bourgois
intellectuals, would deal the opposition an "decisive blow".   Liu
Xiaoqi and Deng Xiaoping supported Mao to end the Hundred Flower
Campaign against the reservations of Zhou Enlai, Peng Dehuai, and Po

Deng know very well the implication of his decision on June 4.  But the
fundamental factor behind his decision was that he was not about to be
the one in history to dismantle socialism in China.  At the crucial
moment, he was prepared to sacrifice all the economic progress his
tatical compromise had made since 1978 and accepted the expected penalty
US hostility.  Accodring to Chatterjee's analysis of Deng, he would have
become a Yeltsin and gained limitless US financial support. But he did
not because he was a socialist.

Henry C.K. Liu

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