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Confucius and Communism


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Confucius' Analects
Modern China

Translating Communism   Just as we built the Nationalist theory of democracy from scratch by starting with Confucius, so we're going to build Mao's ideas of democracy from scratch by starting with Confucius. On this exercise, I would like you to deal with either Mao's concept of New Democracy or Mao's concept of "Socialist Man" and show how these concepts are related to Confucius. This may or may not be a good fit, but on this essay I want to see how well you can make the argument. Remember that Mao's concept of New Democracy has two poles: "centralized democracy" and "democratic dictatorship." Make sure in your essay that you name the concepts that you're using from Confucius. If you're rusty on New Democracy or Socialist Man, please refer to the chapter in the World Cultures textbook on-line on Maoism and on Communist China.


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