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On This Chinese TV Show, Participants Have Nothing to Lose but Their Chains

May 5, 2018

“I don’t think that the talk about Marxism came all of a sudden, but the 200th anniversary of his birth is a very important time frame and there are many commemorative activities,” Wang Xinsheng, a professor of Marxism at Nankai University in northern China, said. “China’s market economy is one that uses market economics as a tool to realize the values and goals of socialism.”

“Marx Got It Right” makes that point by showing the global financial crisis of 2008, the bitter divisions of American politics and the tumult of Brexit, while saying that China has remained stable and growing thanks to one-party socialism held together by the ideals of Marx.

“I feel that China now is very safe, full of vitality and very prosperous,” one student said, followed by other students praising China’s growth, innovation and stability.

On This Chinese TV Show, Participants Have Nothing to Lose but Their ChainsOn This Chinese TV Show, Participants Have Nothing to Lose but Their Chains

By contrast, the show blames the collapse of the Soviet bloc on reformist politicians like Mikhail S. Gorbachev who abandoned Marxist-Leninist orthodoxies.

“The failure of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe was not the failure of scientific socialism,” Jiang Hui, a Marxist scholar in Beijing, said on the show. “On the contrary, it was their deviation from Marxism and scientific socialism that led to their failure.”

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