Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Review: The Chinese Road to Socialism

The Chinese Road to Socialism: Economics of the Cultural Revolution by E. L Wheelwright and Bruce McFarlane

Interesting book on the political economy of the cultural revolution. Mao believed that revolution should be permanent, or at least continually reoccurring, to prevent the emergence and consolidation of an elite class - something that is clearly possible even in nominally Communist countries. Now that China has the capacity to provide all sorts of articles of wealth to its people, it would be a good time for another drive to level hierarchies, forcing managers to share manual labor and workers to learn and carry out management responsibilities.

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