From Post-Maoism to Post-Marxism: The Erosion of Official Ideology in Deng's China
This text chronicles Deng Xiaoping's institution of far-reaching and practical economic reforms that seem at odds with Communist theory and its emphasis on ideology. In fact, while Deng often turned to Mao for ideological justification of his reforms, those very reforms seemed to wear away to official ideology. Ultimately, even though the post-Mao government has fostered economic growth, improved standards of living and intellectual pluralism, these changes have resulted in a decline on the perceived legitimacy of the regime.
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1 The Criterion of Truth
2 Revolutionary Practice and Economic Determinism
3 Stages of Socialism
4 The Problem of Class in Socialist Society
5 Refuting the Theory of a Bureaucrat Class and Affirming Socialist Democracy
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