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12 Post-Socialism Revisited: Reflections on “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics,” Its Past, Present, and Future

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China's integration into a globalizing capitalist economy over the last two decades has demanded the erasure of the last residues of an earlier revolutionary socialism, making official claims to socialism less convincing than ever before. The issue of culture is especially pertinent to the question of socialism. In the midst of economic, cultural, and to some extent social globalization, the last two decades have also witnessed a revival of cultural traditions, most notably Confucianism, that the Chinese Revolution had sought to sweep into the proverbial "dustbin of history" for nearly a century. The relationship between present activity and future goals is ultimately homologous to the relationship between theory and practice in Chinese Marxism, which would find its most articulate expression in Mao Zedong's "sinicization" of Marxism, or making Marxism Chinese: integrating "the universal truths of Marxism with the concrete realities of Chinese society".

Keywords: capitalism; Chinese Marxism; Chinese Revolution; socialism



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