The Clash between Confucianism and Communism

548 Words Jan 15th, 2018 2 Pages
When the Communists came to power in 1949 they denounced Confucianism. Whereas the Communists emphasized struggle, conflict and perfection in the future, Confucianism insisted upon cosmic and social harmony, moderation and the glories of the past. The Communists viewed Confucianism as being part of China's feudal past and the Communists when they ascended to power wanted to rid Chinese society of anything that resembled traditional values. The Communist regime preferred that the Chinese people look forward. 2. How has Confucianism been able to survive the presence of Communism in China?
The Communist party attempted to erase the influence of Confucianism from the Chinese culture and but, over time, the Party determined that Confucianism was too heavily ingrained in the Chinese people. Confucianism had formed the backbone of the Chinese culture for over 2,000 years and determined how people dressed and in what color, size of a person's home, and which class one belonged to within Chinese society. As China has attempted to become more open to other societies the Communist Party has decided to cease fighting the influences of Confucianism and to incorporate these influences into Communist philosophy and policy.

3. What is the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching)?
The Daodejing is a classic philosophical text whose authorship is unknown. There are a number of theories attributing the authorship to Laozi, the…
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