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4 From Charting the Revolution to Charter 2008: Discourse, Liberalism, De-Politicization

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China was remarkably "open" before communism, nationalism, and revolution, on its way to becoming generally equivalent to the normative United States/West. The People's Republic of China still needs to go back and complete this teleology, though without the "Peoples" part. Far from the comparatively sane, humane, and culturally relativist streak found in other liberalisms, this form of liberalism is meant to define a universal truth about economics, individuals, and politics. In China this takes the form of charges of against so-called statism. The eclipse of Maoist discourse its defeat in the discursive battle for hegemony within Chinese society is one of the conditions for the rise/return of liberalism in China and abroad. Moreover, democracy before the current neo-liberal era, before the ruin of European social democracy was the quest for an identity between the government and the governed, an expression of popular will.

Keywords: Chinese revolution; communism; de-politicization; liberalism; Maoist Discourse; nationalism

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