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Appendix-Interview with William Hinton in April 1984

ist analysis that adoption of the stra- tegy of rural development which Mao labelled 'the capital road' would lead to a sudden surge of production, and to increased prosperity.2 But it was predicted that that prosperity would be delusive .so far as the mass of the peasants were concerned, and of last- ing benefit only to a minority that 10 to 20 per cent of village households able to go first in achieving prosperity' by virtue of their labour strength and entrepreneurial skills. In the longer term, the majority would begin to repress towards the stagnation and poverty from which, like Long Bow, the great majority of China's villages had emerged. Beijing's present leader- ship asserts that the collective ethos will survive and resurge in due course over the values of acquisitiveness, consumption and competition that that res ponsibility system fosters and requires. Will it?

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