The Party Is Not Forever

As the Communist Party of China prepares to mark its centennial on July 1, the poor longevity record of other dictatorial parties in modern times should give its leaders cause for worry.

If the CPC is not on the right track with its neo-Maoist revival, its upcoming milestone maybe its last.

  • Minxin Pei
  • Project Syndicate

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – Human beings approaching 100 normally think about death.

But political parties celebrating their centennial, as the Communist Party of China (CPC) will on July 1, are obsessed with immortality.

Such optimism seems odd for parties that rule dictatorships, because their longevity record does…

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