Notice concerning Strengthening Education on Ideals, Convictions and Moral Conduct in Cadre Education and Training
Yesterday, the CCP Central Organization Department issued new requirements concerning cadre education. Amongst others, they demand active resistance to Western norms and concepts. The notice has not been made public, the following is a translation of a summary in today’s People’s Daily.
Yesterday, the Central Organization Department issued the “Notice concerning Strengthening Education on Ideals, Convictions and Moral Conduct in Cadre Education and Training”, which demands that all localities and all departments strengthen education on ideals, convictions and moral conduct, and guide and assist cadres to continuously persist in Communist ideals and faith in Socialism with Chinese characteristics, and continue to hold fast to the spiritual garden of Communist Party members.
The “Notice” points out that the situation concerning ideals, convictions and moral conduct of cadres affects the image of the Party in the hearts and minds of the people, and affects the rise, fall, success and failure of the undertaking of the Party and the country. At present, the absolute majority of cadres have firm ideals and convictions, and their moral conduct is good. At the same time, we must also consider that, among cadre teams, a lack of ideals and convictions, and bad moral conduct, is a problem that demands great attention. Following the profound changes in the domestic and foreign environments, and the profound economic and social changes, the confusions that cadres encounter in ideals and convictions are manifold, and the tests they face in their moral conduct are severe. We must put education on ideals, convictions and moral conduct in an even more prominent position, guide and assist cadres to further strengthen their ideals and convictions, and improve their moral conduct, and display the personal dignity and strength of Communist Party members through real actions.
The “Notice” points out that, in launching education on ideals and convictions, the key is that we must guide cadres to base their ideals and convictions on an identification with scientific theory and reason, on a correct understanding of the laws of history, and on a correct grasp of our basic national conditions. We must deeply launch education on Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the important “Three Represents” thought and the scientific development view, and we must especially deeply study and comprehend the spirit of a series of important speeches by General Secretary Xi Jinping, to ensure that cadres truly comprehend the Marxist standpoints, viewpoints and methods that penetrate them, and persist in belief in Marxism, we must prevent that they lose their bearings because of ruckus about Western constitutionalist democracy, “universal values”, “civil society” and other such discourse, and prevent that they lose themselves under the influence of feudal superstition and religion. Deeply launch study of Party history, the country’s history, the history of Socialist development and world history, to assist cadres in understanding the origin and development of the undertaking of the Party and the country, deeply understand the laws of Communist Party governance, the laws of Socialist construction and the development laws of human societies, and strengthen their faith in the inevitable victory of Communism. Deeply launch education about national and global circumstances, to guide cadres in differentiating right and wrong and distinguishing trends in the comparison of different social systems and different development path, and deepen the political identification, ideological identification and emotional identification with Socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The “Notice” points out that, in launching education about moral conduct, the key is that we must guide cadres in showing great virtue, protecting social ethics, becoming noble persons, pure persons, moral persons, persons that are removed from vulgar tastes, and persons that are beneficial to the people. We must deeply launch education on political ethics, guide cadres to be honest and faithful to the Party and the people, act as good as their word, speak the truth to higher and lower levels, are able to stride boldly forward in great matters of right and wrong, and dare to struggle against unhealthy trends and evil practices. Deeply launch education about the Socialist core value system, guide cadres to pursue noble sentiments, safeguard fairness and justice, faithfully carry out their duties, hold fast to moral baselines, and stay far removed from vulgar tastes. Deeply launch education about the excellent traditional culture of China, to guide cadres in inheriting and carrying forward traditional virtues, defend the spiritual independence of the country and the nation, and prevent that they become “yes-men” for Western moral values.
The “Notice” demands that all levels’ Party schools, administrative academies and cadre academies must make education about ideals, convictions and moral conduct into mandatory content; that they establish scholars’ Party branches in their main classes, launch branch activities in a focused manner, straiten intra-Party life, and strengthen educational management; main classes studying one moth or more must engage in analysis of the Party spirit and write reports. Other cadre education and training organs must also make corresponding arrangements. During education and training, we must persist in the principles of pragmatism and effectiveness, flexibly use all sorts of means and methods, and strengthen the persuasiveness and infectiousness of education about ideals, convictions and moral norms.
The “Notice” also put forward demands concerning building capacity for education about ideals, convictions and moral conduct, long-term mechanisms, etc.