Mental slackness is the archenemy of reform

09:30, July 16, 2011      

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At the beginning of the Reform and Opening-up, the Party made great efforts to liberate the people's minds. Nowadays it needs the courage to break vested interests.

The key to solving deep-seated problems and accomplishing long-due tasks lies in whether the Party can break vested interests, maintain an active spirit and adhere to the sense of political responsibility.

The Party has made three significant achievements and has led the Chinese people through 90 years of ups and downs. Now, the country is sailing in relatively calm open water, but various risks and challenges are still waiting. This is why Hu Jintao warned in his speech marking the Party's 90th birthday that all Party members should be mindful of the danger of "slacking off mentally."

The biggest danger is not being aware of danger. The Party is faced with unprecedented risks and challenges in building China, the world's most populous country, into a completely modern country in less than 40 years. China is at a crucial period in its massive social transformation, and many rare problems have arisen. The Party needs to explore ways of avoiding mental slackness, and maintaining strong morale, determination and courage to carry through reforms and to make constant progress.

New dangers may appear when the early stages of reforms are over. History proves that if China fails to grasp the opportunity to complete the social transformation smoothly in this crucial period of modernization, it may fall behind and suffer a long period of stagnation. Nowadays many cadres are slacking off mentally. Some cadres made a few political achievements in the past but now worry too much about their personal gains and losses, and are thus afraid of reforms.

Some other cadres are overcautious with reforms when confronted with risks and problems. The masses generally call them "incompetent" or "fatuous" and are worried that these cadres have not only failed to fulfill their duties but also hindered the country's progress.

"When politics gets slack, bureaucracy will form." Some officials have got their eyes shaded by their previous achievements, got their feet chained by the existing structure, or even more had been captivated by individual interests, local interests or short-term interests. During the in-depth economic and social reform, the interests are gradually splitting, the interest groups are gradually diversifying and the demands are gradually varying. A lot of reforms — from reforming the cadre and personnel system to altering the economic development mode, from making the government affairs public to rationalizing the income and distribution — will inevitably touch the interests of some individuals, reach the in-depth interests, and bring along labor pains or even risks. If we say the reform must break through the "forbidden zone" of mind in its early days, the reform now must break through the "mine field" of interests.

It depends on whether the Party dare touch the vested interests and hold the sense of political responsibility and the historical initiative of its members that whether the Party could get rid of the age-old malpractices and restart the long-delayed works. Facing the important development period with a lot of strategic opportunities to seize and facing the requirement of "seizing the opportunity to promote the reforms in important realms and key links," only after the strong decision-making resolution, the dash of getting rid of the old and innovating and the vitality of working hard and perseveringly have showed could the interest bonds be smashed and the obstacles on the way be removed. If the spirit keeps slacking on the hotbed of interests, only lethargy, laziness or even evil will grow.

The Party always keeps high alert on the possible arrogance and sloth. Comrade Mao Zedong reminded the whole Party that the national victory is only the first step of the Long March, and Comrade Deng Xiaoping also proposed that Party members should have the spirit of adventure and the force to go forward. Keeping the force, the revolutionary enthusiasm and the desperate spirit is the political character of a Marxist political party that determined to always maintain the vanguard nature.

Mao Zedong proposed a solution to the "slacking off mentally." Huang Yanpei, a famous patriot and democratic educator in modern China, visited Yan'an in 1945. Huang warned that according to the periodic pattern, most political parties are diligent at the very beginning, but they will become slothful along with the increasingly good environment. However, "we have found a new way out of the periodic pattern, which is democracy. The government would not dare to slack off as long as the government is under people's supervision, and the Party will not be destroyed as long as everyone is responsible for the government," Mao Zedong said.

The Party compared seizing the national power to taking examinations in Beijing more than 60 years ago. Although the historical conditions have changed, the spirit of "taking examinations" is not outdated. The Party will jump out of the historical periodic pattern as long as the Party can launch self-examination through people's supervision and urge on itself with people's expectations to push forward the reform with courage and win the future with inspiring spirit.

By People's Daily Online
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