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The Chinese Communist Party cannot raise the living standard in China without substantially jeopardizing its hold on people. A monolithic state exists because economic considerations overshadow political usurpation of power. When men are fed and properly clothed in the industrial society that theoretically is the base of Communism, they turn to some other governmental form.

Communism in China has an emotional side that led its believers into the long fight for survival. Communists fought for a cause. They believed in the right of their way and they still believe in it. However, as Dallin points out in his Soviet Russia and the Far East, devotion to a cause is not enough to make that cause just or to make it succeed. Japanese kamikaze fliers willingly sacrificed their lives; Hitler’s S.S. legions fought long and well; medieval witch hunts aroused sincere religious fanaticism. In each ease these were a dedicated minority. Others were swayed to the banner for a limited time.

So it has been in China. A hard, closely-knit core has ruled since 1926. Followers have multiplied as economic conditions worsened.



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