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On Practice and Contradiction (Mao Tse Tung)

mao“The fundamental contradiction in the process of development of a thing and the essence of the process determined by this fundamental contradiction will not disappear until the process is completed; but in a lengthy process the conditions usually differ at each stage. The reason is that, although the nature of the fundamental contradiction in the process of development of a thing and the essence of the process remain unchanged, the fundamental contradiction becomes more and more intensified as it passes fr om one stage to another in the lengthy process. In addition, among the numerous major and minor contradictions which are determined or influenced by the fundamental contradiction, some become more intense, some are temporarily or partially resolved or mitigated, and some new ones emerge: hence the process is marked by stages. If people do not pay attention to the stages in the process of development of a thing, they cannot deal with its contradictions properly.” -Mao Tse Tung

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Pingkian: Journal for Emancipatory and Anti-Imperialist Education Vol. 1 No. 1

pinkiancvr“Today we live in a world that prophets of capitalism declare as ‘END OF HISTORY.’ In the words of Francis Fukuyama, “Western liberal democracy [is] as the final form of human government.”1 Consequently, socialism, now celebrated by the organic intellectuals of capitalism as defunct, is consigned to the dustbin of history’s barbarism. Yet the so-called Western liberal democracy proves to be more barbaric than its supposed nightmarish opposite, socialism. For today, the richest fifth of the world’s people consumes eighty-six percent of all goods and services while the poorest fifth consumes just 1.3 percent. Indeed, the richest fifth consumes forty-five percent of all meat and fish, fifty-eight percent of all energy used and eighty-four percent of all paper, has seventy-four percent of all telephone lines and owns eighty-seven percent of all vehicles. The world’s 225 richest individuals, of whom sixty are Americans with total assets of $311 billion, have a combined wealth of over $1 trillion—equal to the annual income of the poorest forty-seven percent of the entire world’s population. On the opposite extreme, the poor consisting of the 4.4 billion people in developing countries, nearly three-fifths lack access to safe sewers, a third have no access to clean water, a quarter do not have adequate housing and a fifth have no access to modern health services of any kind.” (from the introduction)

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