chapter  X
‘Revisionism’ ? (1961–1962)
ByBill Brugger
Pages 29

This chapter examines a period in which the subsequent Cultural Revolution was considered to be characterised by 'revisionism'. The issue of 'revisionism', amongst Marxist-Leninists, is sorely vexed. In the Cultural Revolution, they were to be condemned as three of the four elements in a notorious policy known as sanziyibao. In the Cultural Revolution, sanziyibao was directly attributed to the initiative of Liu Shaoqi. In the Cultural Revolution, this situation was felt to have led to the worst of both the old policies of the Soviet model and modern Libermanism. A cultural revolution, therefore, precedes a social revolution. The account of the 'Grandview House incident' may well have been a Cultural Revolution fabrication. The man who in the Cultural Revolution was felt to be the most outspoken of the satirists of 1961 -1962 was Deng Tuo, the former editor of Renmin Ribao md director of ideological and cultural activities in the Beijing Party committee.