How to Recognize a Revisionist Line

How would you know a capitalist roader if you saw one? How would you recognize a revisionist line? Based on the experience of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, we can now say that in a socialist society, a revisionist political line will do the following:

(1) it asserts that the primary task of socialism is economic development, promotes political passivity, and negates the decisive role that consciousness plays in enabling the working classes to more directly determine the overall direction of society;

(2) a revisionist line defends and widens inequalities in wealth, education, and access to information and decision making power that continue to exist in socialist society; and

(3) a revisionist line obscures the existence of classes and class struggle in socialist society, and denies that intense and continuing class struggle is essential to reach communism.

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