17th Central Committee 6th Plenary Session “Culture Document” – 4

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b) Strengthen the common ideal of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Socialism with Chinese characteristics is modern-day China’s fundamental direction of development and progress, and built upon, it embodies the people’s fundamental interests and wishes to the widest degree. Education in ideals and beliefs must be deepened, cadres and the masses must be guided to deeply understand that the Chinese Communist Party and the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics are a historical necessity and superiority, deeply understand that the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics is the only way for accomplishing the modernization of socialism and the Chinese great rejuvenation [or comeback to former glory and prosperity – 中华民族伟大复兴的必由之路], and the only way to create a good life for the people’s good life, consciously blend individual ideals into the common ideal of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and, to the greatest possible extent, unite and to cohere the people under the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, closely connect the cadres’ and the masses’ ideology and practice, closely combine the successful accomplishment of socialism with Chinese characteristics, counter social hotspots and problems,  and from the combination of theory and practice, provide convincing answers, guide the cadres and the masses to mark a clear line of distinction between right and wrong on major ideological and theoretical issues, clarify blurred understandings, and vigorously sanction wrong and decayed ideological influences. Deepen education on situational policy-making, on national affairs, revolutionary tradition, on reform and opening, defense. Organize the learning [effect] that the recent history is particularly the history of the party and the people carrying out the revolution, construction, and reform, and to expand cadres’ and the masses’ confidence and belief in socialism with Chinese characteristics.

(二)坚定中国特色社会主义共同理想。中国特色社会主义是当代中国发展进步的根本方向,集中体现了最广大人民根本利益和共同愿望。要深入开展理想信念教育,引导干部群众深刻认识中国共产党领导和中国特色社会主义制度的历史必然性和优越性,深刻认识中国特色社会主义道路既是实现社会主义现代化和中华民族伟大复兴的必由之路,也是创造人民美好生活的必由之路,自觉把个人理想融入中国特色社会主义共同理想之中,最大限度把广大人民团结和凝聚在中国特色社会主义伟大旗帜之下。紧密结合中国特色社会主义成功实践,联系干部群众思想实际,针对社会热点难点问题,从理论和实践结合上作出有说服力的回答,引导干部群众在重大思想理论问题上划清是非界限、澄清模糊认识,有力抵制各种错误和腐朽思想影响。深入开展形势政策教育、国情教育、革命传统教育、改革开放教育、国防教育,组织学习中国近现代史特别是党领导人民进行革命、建设、改革的历史,坚定广大干部群众对中国特色社会主义的信心和信念。

c) Carry forward patriotism as the core of the national spirit, and reform and innovation as the core of the spirit of our times. Patriotism is the Chinese nation’s most profound ideological tradition, which is, more than others, able to move and inspire the sons and daughters to unite and struggle, reform and innovation are contemporary China’s most vivid characteristics, most able to drive the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation forward with acute minds. Education in national spirit must be expanded, patriotism, collectivism, and socialist ideology  vigorously be promoted, the national sense of self-respect, self-confidence and sense of pride be strengthened, the people must be invigorated with enthusiasm1) to the practice of rejuvenating the Chinese nation, to fervently love the motherland and to devote all ones strength to the building of the motherland must spell the greatest honor, and harm [done] to the motherland’s interests or dignity must spell the greatest shame. Widely develop education in the spirit of our times, guide cadres and masses to forever maintain and their advancement with the times, a pioneering and innovating state of mind, never self-satisfied, never rigid, and never stagnant, to promote the cause incessantly and to maintain development. Vigorously carry forward what serves the country’s prosperity, national rejuvenation, the people’s well-being [or happiness, 幸福], society’s harmonious ideological and consciousness, vigorously enhance the struggle against privation, the glory of work, and apply the apply the fine tradition of retrenchment and thriftiness. Strengthen the education of national unity and progress, promote the identification with the great motherland and Chinese nation, advance all [PRC] nationalities’ united and combined struggle, and their glorious development. Strengthen the construction of patriotic education bases as a base [corrected on Sept 17, 2012], make good use of red tourism resources, and let these become important classrooms for cultivating a national sonscience and a conscience of our times.2)

(三)弘扬以爱国主义为核心的民族精神和以改革创新为核心的时代精神。爱国主义是中华民族最深厚的思想传统,最能感召中华儿女团结奋斗;改革创新是当代中国最鲜明的时代特征,最能激励中华儿女锐意进取。要广泛开展民族精神教育,大力弘扬爱国主义、集体主义、社会主义思想,增强民族自尊心、自信心、自豪感,激励人民把爱国热情化作振兴中华的实际行动,以热爱祖国和贡献自己全部力量建设祖国为最大光荣、以损害祖国利益和尊严为最大耻辱。广泛开展时代精神教育,引导干部群众始终保持与时俱进、开拓创新的精神状态,永不自满、永不僵化、永不停滞,以思想不断解放推动事业持续发展。大力弘扬一切有利于国家富强、民族振兴、人民幸福、社会和谐的思想和精神,大力发扬艰苦奋斗、劳动光荣、勤俭节约的优良传统。加强民族团结进步教育,增进对伟大祖国和中华民族的认同,促进各民族共同团结奋斗、共同繁荣发展。加强爱国主义教育基地建设,用好红色旅游资源,使之成为弘扬培育民族精神和时代精神的重要课堂。

Continued (Nov 5) –
part 5 »

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Notes

1) 热情化 (rèqínghuà) would literally mean something like “enthusiasmation” (if such a word exists in English). It seems to stand for a kind of process of “making people enthusiastic”.
2) resources (资源) refers to “red tourism’s” travel destinations.

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Related

» Li Changchun meets All-China Journalists Association, CMP, October 31
» Sinopec Holds Meeting to Study the Sixth Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee, Sinopec website, October 20, 2011
» Truthfulness is Everything, April 8, 2011

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6 Responses to “17th Central Committee 6th Plenary Session “Culture Document” – 4”

  1. “Patriotism is the Chinese nation’s most profound ideological tradition, which is, more than others, able to move and inspire the sons and daughters to unite and struggle, reform and innovation are contemporary China’s most vivid characteristics, most able to drive the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation forward with acute minds. Education in national spirit must be expanded, patriotism, collectivism, and socialist ideology vigorously be promoted, the national sense of self-respect, self-confidence and sense of pride be strengthened, the people must be invigorated with enthusiasm1) to the practice of rejuvenating the Chinese nation, to fervently love the motherland and to devote all ones strength to the building of the motherland must spell the greatest honor, and harm [done] to the motherland’s interests or dignity must spell the greatest shame.”

    “Succinct” isn’t a term I would normally apply to any CCP document, but if this is not succinct, then it is definitely a thorough exposition of the CCP’s determination to harness nationalism for their own ends.

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  2. That’s one aspect in this paragraph – they call this patriotism, but the greatest-honor/greatest-shame dualism suggests that they mean nationalism. Patriotism would leave room for taking the interests of other countries into consideration, while nationalism amounts to a zero-sum game.

    Then there’s collectivism. The aim of this kind of “education”, in my view, is unscrupulousness. Unless, that is, the only criterion to distinguish “good people” from “bad people” is their degree of nationalism.

    Anyway – I won’t be able to assess the whole thing without having read the whole document. Might take another ten days or so. But for sure, this document is informative, re the coming years. It would be ignorant to merely make fun of it (even if it has its comical aspects), or to suggest that this were only a game for the bureaucrats or chief ideologues.

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