Dispose of Internal Contradictions Among Masses to Speed Up Socialist Construction - Communist China
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It has been three years since Comrade Mao Tse-tungs speech On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People was made public. Within these three years, the rapid development of Chinas various enterprises, especially the manifestation of the all-out and continuous great leap forward in the national economy, has fully proved the enormous practical value of Comrade Mao Tse-tungs brilliant writing. Following the march of time, its historic-value will become greater and greater. In this speech, Comrade Mao Tse-tung, first from the standpoint of principle, affirmed that there would be contradictions existing in a socialist society. He pointed out, Marxist philosophy holds that the law of unity of opposites is a fundamental law of the universe. This law operates everywhere, in the natural world, in human society, and in mans thinking. Opposites in contradictions unite as well as struggle with each other, and thus impel all things to move and change. Contradictions exist everywhere, but as things differ in nature, so do contradictions. This awakened some comrades, who dared not openly acknowledge and face the fact that contradictions Still existed in a socialist society, and caused them to abandon their passive attitude for an active one. More important is the fact that Comrade Mao Tse-tung in his speech pointed out to us the two types of contradictions the contradictions between us and the enemy and the contradictions among the people. He also definitely outlined the six criteria by which right and wrong could be differentiated.
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