What is a New "Socialist" Village?
Brian Turner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sun, 26 Mar 2006 19:55:40 -0800 (PST)
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What I'd like to know is exactly what Hu/Wen et al
have in mind when they talk about New "Socialist"
Villages? As Chomsky once put it, that word has
become so "evacuated of meaning" & "debased" in 20th
century discourse that before proceding one has to
unravel exactly what the person means.
I've been in Vietnam for 2+ years, and have heard two
different conceptions of "socialism" (1) one-party
politics [i.e. the economic system is totally
irrelevant; e.g. calls for journalistic relaxation
bring forth defenses of "socialism"]. (2) a system
for paying employees where everyone is a lazy bum and
sits around offices doing nothing while collecting a
fixed unbreakable paycheck.
The idea of worker councils or co-ops is so far off
the radar it invariably solicits blank stares of
On someone's Amazon review (an English teacher in
China) they said they asked a student what "socialism"
was, and the student answered "love the country".
So what does the leadership mean in China now when
using this word?
--- Matt Hale <email@example.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the link, Hairong.
> Does anyone know any details about the Party's new
> "Shehuizhuyi Xin Nongcun
> Jianshe (Socialist New Village Construction)"...[deleted]
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