Mutant Social Growths Revisited

In the course of writing From Mainline to Sideline I came across Huan-Ying: Journey Through Workers’ China, authored by Janet Goldwasser and Stuart Dowty and published by Monthly Review Press in 1975. “We wrote it to combat misinformation, ” explained Goldwasser in 2019. “China had a different way of setting priorities in terms of healthcare and working conditions, so we intended to get information to readers who weren’t able to visit themselves.”

Stuart Dowty, billed as an automobile worker who visited China in 1972, also showed up in China: People-Questions, published by the National Council of Churches (NCC) in 1975. As Dowty saw it:

While Liberation turned the whole society towards socialism, the Cultural Revolution deepened and continued that process. Mutant social growths were identified and unceremoniously uprooted. And, the Chinese conclude, there will be more cultural revolutions in the future as their society moves along a socialist direction.

Layoffs and unemployment were no problem because China’s planned economy could handle such changes rationally.

There is no doubt that socialist motivations, as opposed to individualist perspectives, have produced an impressive record of social and economic growth during the past two decades.

And so on. The editor of China: People-Questions was Michael Chinoy, who explained:

China’s Communist revolution has propelled a backward, poverty- stricken, virtually medieval society into the modern world. . . a violent revolution and bitter civil war were necessary to sweep away the decay, exploitation, and backwardness of old China. . . the revolutionary process did not stop. Indeed, it was accelerated.

Stuart Dowty is now listed as retired attorney in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the former chairman of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party, and former deputy supervisor in Pittsfield Township. Huan-Ying: Journey Through Workers China is still available on Amazon, but no second thoughts on the “misinformation” Goldwasser and Dowty set out to “combat.” And no tally of all those “mutant social growths” who were “unceremoniously uprooted.” For details see The Black Book of Communism.

Michigan State University established the Stuart N. Dowty and Janet Goldwasser collection of “radical materials” from1960-2004. Michael Chinoy became a China correspondent with CNN and is now listed as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California.

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