by Giulio Meotti
The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a violent sociopolitical purge movement in China from 1966 until 1976. Launched by Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China (CPC), its stated goal was to purge remnants of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society, and to re-impose Mao Zedong Thought (known outside China asMaoism) as the dominant ideology in the CPC.
Mao soon called on young people to “bombard the headquarters”, and proclaimed that “to rebel is justified”. In order to eliminate his rivals within the CPC and in schools, factories, and government institutions, Mao charged that bourgeois elements had infiltrated the government and society with the aim of restoring capitalism. He insisted that they be removed through violent class struggle, to which China’s youth responded by forming Red Guards and “rebel groups” around the country. (Paraphrased and abridged from Wikipedia).
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