Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China

February 19, 2007

Cogs and Wheels

Filed under: Blog notices, China, Mao, Material culture/art & design, Quote(s) — amyjaneb @ 3:29 pm

The name of this blog, Cogs and Wheels, comes from a 1942 quote from Mao Zedong, about the central importance of art and design for the revolution:

 In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines.  There is in fact no such thing as art for art’s sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics.  Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause; they are, as Lenin said, cogs and wheels in the whole revolutionary machine’.


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