How far did the CCP control China through fear?

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After taking full control of China in 1949 Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had taken full control of China. Many arguments have a firm belief that the CCP had the people in fear. They used different and certainly a couple extreme methods. They used the Laogai which seemed to be humane in theory but wasn’t in practice, the 3 and 5 Anti Movements; which targeted the capitalist middle class and the use of Registration in order for the people to obtain accommodation and work. Nonetheless there are arguments which showed that the CCP wasn’t completely keeping the country in fear to control China by Land Reform; as most of the population was roughly 80% peasants, Mao acquired the Land and handed it to the peasants. Another way…show more content…
This also helped Mao to create the Marxist one state, the Proletariat. In the previous paragraph I spoke of informing the government of capitalist movement. Well the CCP had started enforcing conformity. To maintain its control, the CCP had completely manipulated the mass majority of the nation into a nation of informers. Local party officials had implemented a system where neighbours spied on neighbours, children had reported their own parents, “watchers” had patrolled the street who kept the CCP informed and community association who set with the declared aim of providing mutual help (it became a major way of exerting control and conformity. These developments had the effect of compulsorily politicising the nation. Families who refused the proposals were effectively labelled as “class enemies”. Those who are noted to be a middle class or “non-revolutionary” knew this would be more than enough to convict them. Youth organisations were taken over party cadres to take its first steps in becoming a society of informers. This was one of most effective ways of keeping the country of fear because no one could get away with anything. There were spies everywhere, including your own children at your very own home. Privacy was completely gone and the traditional fear that Chinese people had of being publicly exposed was very close to mind as they didn’t want to be labelled wide-open as “political deviants”. Once again, this was
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