The Michael Slate Show, June 3, 2016

Part 2 on the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China

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Raymond Lotta, writer for revcom.us and Revolution newspaper, and one of the foremost experts on the Cultural Revolution, joins Michael. We also hear an interview with Bai Di, Director of Chinese and Asian Studies at Drew University, who lived in China during the Cultural Revolution.

May 2016 marks 50 years since Mao Zedong launched the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China. The Cultural Revolution was a breakthrough in dealing with a world historic problem of communist revolution -- how to prevent counterrevolution under socialism, in a way that enables the masses of people to play a decisive role in revolutionizing all of society and transforming their thinking and values in the process.

Fifty years later, it still inspires anybody who aspires to a liberating society. At the same time, it still infuriates the representatives of the old order and all who fear the upheaval involved in actually ridding the world of exploitation and oppression. Already, there have been publications, symposiums, programs, etc. attacking the Cultural Revolution with gross distortions and lies, and we anticipate more over the coming year.

We hear from:

Raymond Lotta, author of "You Don't Know What You Think You 'Know' About The Communist Revolution and the REAL Path to Emancipation: Its History and Our Future." Raymond Lotta is one of the foremost experts on the Cultural Revolution. He is an advocate for Bob Avakian's new synthesis of communism, a political economist, author of America in Decline, and writer for revcom.us and Revolution newspaper.

We'll also hear an interview with Bai Di, Director of Chinese and Asian Studies at Drew University, co-editor of Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era.  She talks about the true story of one of the most important and vilified events in human history.

Part 1, an interview with Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, "The Cultural Revolution in China...Art and Culture... Dissent and Ferment...and Carrying Forward the Revolution Toward Communism" is available here