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Monday, June 14, 2010

Didn't Marx start this line of thinking?

Karl Marx thought that resolving the contradictions in socio-economic systems brought about change. At least one Chinese official thinks that the police ought to work on resolving those contradictions and prevent change. More Chinese characteristics for Marxism?

Senior official calls on law enforcement agencies to resolve social contradictions, maintain stability
A senior Chinese official has called on law enforcement agencies to resolve social contradictions and maintain harmony and stability.

Wang Lequan, deputy secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remark during his recent visits to the offices of the country's prosecution, judicial and public security authorities in Beijing…

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At 8:08 AM, Blogger praxis said...

Actually, the idea or resolving contradictions as a way to solve problems goes back to Hegel. The principle is also behind the powerful problem solving methodology called TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) developed, of course, in the former Soviet Union. The idea of contradictions and solving problem shows up in many places. Einstein's famous quote of "you can't solve a problem at the level at which it was created (paraphrase)" points to the idea that problems are solved at the next logical level. i.e. a solution (thesis) generates problems (contradiction) antithesis that gets resolved by removing the contradiction (synthesis).
The article about China is really weak in terms of information. I would like to know more about this approach to dealing with policing problems. There is a potential that we can learn from this. China approaching their problems in new ways and as comparativists we need to pay attention.


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