Conclusion: Broken Jade
In honouring Deng Tuo, his colleagues refer to him as ‘broken jade’. Educated counsellors to the ruler, whom today would generally be considered as intellectuals, have long been referred to as jade in China. Not only the man but his career as a scholar-cadre in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is ‘broken jade’. Deng Tuo's charismatic role in the public arena was struck down in the Cultural Revolution and with it the priestly vocation of the Maoist cadre. Finally, the ideological system Deng Tuo served, Maoism, has shattered. In truth, Maoism was as precious as jade to Deng Tuo, and to many who served with him. It is with the pieces of Deng Tuo's life, vocation, and beliefs that his successors must fashion their future and China's.
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