Against Maoism

“The stand taken by the leadership of the Communist Party of China offers a striking example of the harm that can be done to the common cause of Communists by a departure from Marxism-Leninism and a break with internationalism.” – L. Brezhnev

“Mao Tsetung, as everybody knows, is an extremely cunning and slippery character with a hyper-developed individuality… . His activity shows that he is definitely unsuitable, a criminal to the cause of the class struggle, an enemy of the Bolshevik Party.”  – The CPC Committee in Yenan

I’d like to start with a passage from the book Maoism Unmasked.

“The “thought” of Mao Tse-tung, proclaimed as the pinnacle of Marxism-Leninism, is currently the ideological foundation of social life in China.

In order to lay bare the actual content of this “thought” it must be analysed carefully and compared with the principles of Marxism-Leninism and also with the consequences of its implementation in practice. Such an analysis is the sole means of exposing Maoism as a system of ideas running counter to the basic interests of the Chinese people and to socialist construction in China, as an anti-scientific, antiMarxist-Leninist system of ideas raised in fact to the level of religious dogmas forcibly planted in the country and in one way or another poisoning the minds of millions of Chinese. Moreover, such an analysis is necessary because Maoism is seeking to influence the national liberation movement throughout the world and gain control of various of its trends. To a certain extent Maoism exercises a corrupting influence on the world working-class movement, too, chiefly through unstable and mostly extremely adventurist elements. This makes it imperative that Marxists-Leninists should expose the theory and practice of Maoism which is inflicting enormous damage to the cause of the socialist reorganisation of society.

The development of the present-day world revolutionary process, of which the communist movement is the leading force, closely intertwines with the national liberation, people’s democratic and socialist revolutions. Different social classes, strata and groups are involved in this process. The great teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin, tested and verified in revolutionary struggle and socialist construction, has become the theoretical, ideological and political weapon of the working people in their struggle for liberation.

Ever broader non-proletarian strata of working people are being drawn into the revolutionary movement headed by the world proletariat. Of course, the non-proletarian masses enter the revolutionary movement with their own interests and views. Under certain conditions their theorists, while giving verbal recognition to Marxism-Leninism, may become active exponents of non-Marxist views. The world communist movement has time and again encountered phenomena of this kind and given a rebuff to various groups and trends that emerged in its ranks and tried to impose on it either a Right-opportunist policy or Leftist sectarianism and adventurism, in other words, a petty-bourgeois outlook using Marxism as a blind. On many occasions Lenin warned that the “growth of the working-class movement necessarily attracts to its ranks a certain number of petty-bourgeois elements, people who are under the spell of bourgeois ideology, who find it difficult to rid themselves of that ideology and continually lapse back into it”(V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, Vol. 17, p. 230).”

Maoism is a scourge that must be exposed and repudiated wherever and whenever it is encountered.  It has done more damage to the world Communist movement than all the Bourgeois forces combined.  By disguising itself as Marxism-Leninism, Maoism has been able to infiltrate the minds of those that may not have been exposed to actual Communist theoretical works.  To those that have not had the opportunity to study the works of Marx, Engels, and Lenin, Maoism might seem to be an actual Marxist-Leninist philosophy. 

Marxism-Leninism never became for Mao a world outlook which he understood, assimilated and accepted. He regarded Marxism-Leninism as a “foreign teaching”, of which only some “general truths” could be applied in China. Mao’s approach to Marxism-Leninism was pragmatic, for he borrowed from it only that which met and served his purposes.  A comparative study of the Works of Lenin and the works of Mao will show the studious researcher the truth about the Bourgeois character of Maoism.

I’ll close with a quote from Mao Tse-tung, the false Marxist-Leninist, himself:

“We shall differ from the USSR economically. And we shall differ from the USSR politically, too. We by no means want to establish a policy of the dictatorship of the proletariat. In fact, we welcome free competition and private enterprise, and we shall allow and welcome, on a basis of mutual agreement, foreign investment in trade and industry in the areas under our control.. .. We welcome foreigners and foreign capital in China. As regards government, we shall differ from the USSR in that respect, too… . Our democratic government will include landowners, merchants, capitalists, bourgeoisie, peasants and workers.” (Impressions of Mao Tse-tung 1945, pp. 9-10.)

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