President Xi Jinping raised a few eyebrows earlier this week when he called for a ‘Maoist Indoctrination’ of China’s youth. Xi made the comments at Mao’s former residence on East Lake in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
According to SCMP, Xi said:
As this year will mark Chairman Mao’s 120th birthday, we must turn Chairman Mao’s old residence into a base for patriotism and revolutionary education, in particular to make it play a greater role in the education of the younger generation.
While any mention of a return to Mao ideology can be perceived as alarming and regressive, Xi’s words have potential wisdom for a contemporary Chinese society plagued by vast divides between the rich and the poor. Xi has been attempting to fix this problem by practicing the egalitarianism aspects of Mao thought for some time now, most recently producing a ban on the construction of government buildings for the next 5 years.
Xi’s crusade against extravagance has been strong and it appears to be working as well. Luxury automobile producer Rolls Royce reports a decline in sales in China reportedly due to a government push against high end goods. SCMP also reports that telephone and delivery sales for expensive items from luxury items have skyrocketed, as important buyers such as government officials can no longer afford to be seen shopping in high-end establishments.
It appears Xi will reach the children by continuing to propagate his ever confusing Chinese Dream. USA Today reports that the Propaganda Department is aiming to increase the presence of the slogan online and plans to incorporate it into cellphone usage as well.
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