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Resolutely sweeping clean individualism to make the Party pure and strong

During the process of leading revolution, if cadres and party members lack good education and organisation and regular self-training, they are likely to fall into individualism. Therefore, timely detection and resolute opposition to individualism to make our Party truly pure, strong, and “ethical, and civilised” represent a pressing issue today.

When President Ho Chi Minh was still alive, he gave early warning of the danger of individualism to cadres, party members and the Party’s revolution. He considered that “individualism is an extremely poisonous germ because it causes extremely dangerous diseases”; “it is something that is very shifty and cunning”; and “it is skillful at inducing people to go downhill.” It is a common knowledge that going downhill is easier than going uphill. Thus, it is more dangerous. If cadres and party members, especially in the context of a ruling party, are once infected with this “type of germ,” they will find it hard to avoid degradation, self-importance, arrogance, self-interest, authoritarianism, and disregard of the masses. That will result in unforeseen consequences, undermining people’s confidence in the Party and revolution.

To deserve its role in leading the State and society, our Party has paid regular attention to building, rectifying, and training cadres and party members. Consequently, most of cadres and party members have sought to cultivate revolutionary morality and practised diligence, thrift, integrity, uprightness, public-mindedness, and selflessness, deserving to be both leaders and faithful servants of the people. In recent years, as a result of stepping up implementing Resolution of the 4th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (tenure XII) on strengthening Party building; preventing and pushing back the degradation in political ideology, morality and lifestyle, and manifestations of “self-evolution, self-transformation” within the Party, Party building has witnessed positive, obvious transformations, particularly in preventing and combating corruption, which helps to restore people’s confidence and consensus. Nevertheless, due to various causes, some cadres and party members have failed to resist individualism, resulting in manifestations of degradation in political ideology, morality and lifestyle, and “self-evolution, self-transformation.” On such a pretext, the hostile forces have sought to “magnify” and distort with the aim of lowering the Party’s prestige and undermining people’s confidence in the Party. Therefore, to make our Party pure and robust, it is important to sweep clean individualism in each cadre, party member and party organisation through synchronous solutions and the struggle to the bitter end.

For individuals

President Ho Chi Minh pointed out clearly that individualism was the “internal” enemy, which was extremely dangerous, embedded in each person, hid under the cover of private rights and interest; it abused that privilege to live on collectives and the Party, destroy and degrade the Party from inside. Given its multiple manifestations, individualism also makes many people think that it is others’ “disease.” Consequently, the fight against individualism, first and foremost, requires each person, cadre and party member to overcome themselves and to be strict with themselves.

In the perception and ideology of each cadre and party member, they have to place interest of the revolution, the Party and people at the forefront; wipe out thoughts of rank, position, and “reliance on the Party’s status and prestige to pursue their own purposes…”; and demonstrate resolve to combat individualism. It is necessary to practise constant vigilance for manifestations of diseases originating from individualism and strengthen self-resistance through continually striving for and training to improve revolutionary morality, collective ideology, solidarity, and discipline. Each cadre and party member cannot achieve people’s confidence by superficial activities but have to regularly self-improve, train and exercise revolutionary morality, diligence, thrift, integrity, uprightness, public-mindedness, and selflessness; and be always “loyal to the country,” “dedicated to people,” and ready to sacrifice themselves for the Party’s revolutionary ideal. If they possess revolutionary morality, they will be never scared of, timid or yield to difficulties and hardships, never conceited in victories nor discouraged by failure.

In the process of cultivating revolutionary morality, it is important to give prominence to self-awareness; grasp firmly manifestations of degradation in political ideology, morality and lifestyle, identified by Resolution of the 4th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (tenure XII), to do self-evaluation, self-repair and self-admonish while considering studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, morality and life style as cadres and party members’ own requirements to create good resistance to individualism; concretise the study into effective “following” in line with assigned responsibilities and missions; resolve to combat individualism; and heighten self-criticism and dare to admit wrongdoings and be determined to mend them. President Ho Chi Minh affirmed that “we are not afraid to admit to mistakes. We are only afraid of lacking resolution to mend them.” In his closing remarks at the 6th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (tenure XII): General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong requested each member of the Party Central Committee and all cadres, party members and civil servants to regularly improve, train, do self-evaluation, self-repair, self-admonish, and stay away from material temptation, ambitions and repeating the same mistakes. If they have accidentally committed mistakes, they will have to rectify themselves early. “Everyday, each cadre and party member has to make self-criticism and self-repair like washing their faces. If they do so, our Party will be not only free from diseases but extremely healthy.”

For party organisations

To sweep clean individualism and make all cadres and party members deserve to be revolutionary soldiers, party executive committees and organisations have to enhance education of communist ideal, the Party’s guidelines and policies, missions and morality of party members, and positions of the working class; raise the awareness of cadres, party members and the masses of diseases coming from individualism and their bad effects as well as the necessity to sweep clean them; and establish an active sense of resolutely fighting individualism. Additionally, they should strongly uphold the principle of democratic centralism and party activity regime; improve quality of party activities; inspect and supervise in an effective and synchronous manner, using both top-down and bottom-up approaches, with a view to opportunely discovering cadres and party members committing wrongdoings and mistakes, enabling them to work out measures to overcome these wrongdoings and mistakes, particularly cadres and party members holding positions of privilege and special advantages. All manifestations of abnormal income and spending must be inspected and examined to make them known to the Party and people. Party executive committees and organisations need to strictly implement Party discipline; and be determined to weed out cadres and party members who are degraded in political ideology, morality and lifestyle, opportunists, pragmatists, corrupted, group interest, and so on. It is necessary to closely combine cultivation of revolutionary morality with opposition to manifestations of degradation in political ideology, morality and lifestyle, and manifestations of “self-evolution, self-transformation” within the Party.

In order to effectively combat individualism, party executive committees and organisations have to attach special importance to practise serious self-criticism and criticism within the Party. Party executive committees and party members always need to comprehend correctly, fully and deeply that self-criticism and criticism represent the Party’s developmental drivers, a principle and regular regime in the Party’s organisation, activities and leadership; rights, duties and responsibilities of each party organisation and member; the most effective remedy for the whole Party and every party member to fix their weaknesses, make progress and become increasingly strong. Thenceforth they are able to enhance the quality of self-criticism and criticism in party organisations at all levels, especially at the grass-roots level; overcome manifestations of rightist deviationism, avoidance, compromise, or exploitation of criticism to attack and sow internal division while encouraging the spirit of struggle of all party members and the masses; developing their confidence in power and victory of justice; resolving to struggle and refrain from concealment, indulgence, avoidance, and fear of affecting individual interest and results of units. Each person has to pursue a constructive position which focuses on sentiments, respect and mutual support, avoiding stirring up trouble or discriminating people with wrongdoings, and so forth. Party executive committees and organisations at all levels need to issue concrete, clear regulations with the aim of encouraging, protecting and praising people who struggle straightforwardly against weaknesses. This is the key to developing fighting spirit, enabling everyone to dare to face up to truths and tell the truths without fearing being labeled or repressed.

For the society

Today, strengthening social supervision of machinery of government, cadres and party members, particularly those in authority, is an urgent need because people are spread all over the country and able to assess correctly advantages and disadvantages of the machinery of government and each cadre and party member. “Placing confidence in people… Relying on people’s opinion to correct our cadres and organisation,” said President Ho Chi Minh. Recently a number of wrongdoings of cadres, party members and public servants have been exposed and dealt with by public opinion. Additionally, public opinion also helps to deter and warn cadres, party members and public servants of their responsibilities while undertaking their tasks. To bring into play the role of society in combating individualism, the Party and State need to pay more attention to establishing the cultural environment and healthy social morality. Individualism will have no chance to take root if everyone has a sound understanding of and takes pride in national history and culture; always affirms and honours the right, the good, the positive, and the noble; and multiplies lofty and humanitarian values while criticising and pushing back the evil, the cruel, the humble, and the backward and opposing wrong standpoints and deeds which have a bad influence on building culture and make people corrupt. It is important to continue to build and perfect legality, synchronous regimes, policies, and institutions to democratise social life and create legal basis and essential conditions for people to participate in preventing and combating wrongdoings; promote democracy within the Party and the whole society; heighten people’s political sense; and encourage and bring into play people’s role in the supervision of cadres, party members, party organisations, and state agencies. In addition, parties executive committees and organisations at all levels should well bring into play the role and responsibility of mass media and press for reporting wrongdoings and directing public opinion; and step up socio-economic development, the fight against corruption and wastefulness, and improvement of people’s material and spiritual life aimed to assert the superiority of socialist regime in our country and strengthen people’s confidence in the victory of the revolutionary cause chosen by our Party, Uncle Ho and people.

Senior Colonel Ha Tien Dung & Nguyen Duy Tinh, The Political Academy, MoD

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