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Huang Daoxuan: The History of Souls in the Rectification Movement

The Rectification Movement had a pivotal position in the history of the Communist Party of China.The value of this movement surely was represented in the aspects of political principles,organizational discipline,and ideology,but it also had long-lasting and general significance in the creation of the new political culture of the Party.Through discipline and normalization,the Rectification Movement encouraged party members to willfully make personal choices and conduct personal lives according to the expectation and standard of the Party,so as to forge “transparant personalities” that completely open and loyal to the Party.This kind of disciplinary practice was rare even in the communist parties.The critique of the Rectification Movement against liberalism and individualism was not so well known as the critique against dogmatism and empiricism,but its significance should not be underestimated.

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