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Friday, September 17, 2004

More revisionism, please

It is mostly because of my own political leanings and voting behavior here why I keep a more keen eye on a publication like the monthly magazine Mal than would be desirable from the point of view of my thesis; the other reason is, despite of the way I vote here, the pervert satisfaction I get from seeing the nationalistic left in Korea to shoot itself in the leg time and time again - this from my revisionist/comrades-in-arms(*) point of view.

But anyway, not that I'd expect the magazine Mal to show much tendencies that I'd see desirable, but here it is again making itself and the progressives it professes to represent and the ROK left to look silly by letting out a column in which the writer ponders whether the Chinese cultural revolution was actually good for the Chinese:'Jo riittää' (That's enough), soc.dem campaign poster from the 1947 election campaigns directed against communists
그러나 문화혁명이 정말 그렇게 부정적이기만 한 것이었을까? 문화혁명이 아니었으면 그 넓은 중국대륙에 인간의 평등에 대한 사상이 그리도 깊게 뿌리박힐 수가 있었을까. 아직도 봉건사회에서 벗어나지 못한 중국에 시민이란 존재가 등장할 수가 있었을까. 봉건적 잔재를 청산하고 꿈으로 무장하고 새로이 등장한 새로운 세대의 사람들의 존재가 없었다면 오늘날 중국의 경제성장이 가능했을까? 나는 또 다시 생각해본다. 아니 나의 이런 미련을 가진 항변이 아니더라도 변화를 꿈꾼다는 것, 사람이 사람답게 사는 세상을 만들기 위한 꿈을 가지는 것이야 말로 아름다운 것이 아닐까?

(*) "Comrades-in-arms cooperation" was the cooperation between social democrats and the bourgeois Coalition Party to curb the influence of communists in the post-war Finland. "Comrades-in-arms socialists" were those social democrats who took part in that activity on the basis of connections established during the war in the service.

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