This week we recommend the short essay "Abandon Mediocre Politics" /《废弃庸人的政治》 by Deng Tuo (邓拓) from 1957. This is a really interesting find by@alexludoboyd.
Though the essay was written over 50 years ago, it is still relevant.
Deng Tuo was Editor in Chief of 人民日报 from 1948-58. He was also an accomplished scholar and critical commentator on political issues. Today Deng Tuo is described as an "anachronistic figure infatuated with traditional culture who viewed himself as a traditional literatus, using propaganda to elevate the people culturally" - Michael McCarthy. This short essay is a good example of Deng Tuo's political commentary, and reveals the tension inherent in the role of intellectuals in Mao's China.
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