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Polemic Against the Gang of Four: ‘Grasping Revolution, Promoting Production’

This polemic against the political line and practice of the ‘Gang of Four’ (Jiang Qing, Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen) during the Cultural Revolution in China is from Class Struggle (Winter, 1976-77, #6), the theoretical journal of the October League / Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist). It represents the line of Hua Guofeng, who followed Mao Zedong as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China. The document isn’t perfect, and is itself somewhat ultra-left, but it is being posted here to help look at some of the political problems of the Cultural Revolution in China:


‘Grasping Revolution, Promoting Production’
An exposure of the ‘Gang of Four’ and their attempt to restore capitalism in China

 The following article, written by Jen Ping, first appeared in the Nov. 14, 1976 issue of People’s Daily, organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. Entitled “A Gang of Vermin Noxious to the Country and the People,” it deals with one of the major questions distinguishing Marxism-Leninism from revisionism, the so-called “theory of productive forces.” It exposes how the “gang of four,” the anti-party clique headed by Wang Hung-wen, Chiang Ching, Chang Chun-chiao and Yao Wen-yuan, distorted a correct understanding of this question so as to further their plot to seize power and restore capitalism in China.

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Some points on Stalin (and Mao)

Stalin and Mao

Stalin and Mao

More and more these days, particularly among those calling themselves ‘Maoists’ and ‘post-Maoists’ it is becoming fashionable to go after Stalin and his legacy, to critique ‘Stalinism’ and to talk of ‘going beyond Stalinism’. There seems to go along with this a summation of Stalin that completely negates his successes, or that at least says that his errors were primary and successes were secondary, and that, overall Stalin should be thrown out. I want to seriously engage this trend, from my personal point of view. I’m not an expert, but I’ve read a few books and I’ve had a few discussions with people who have varying summations of Stalin and his contributions to the experience of proletarian revolution. This article, I hope, will only be the beginning of a series of discussions regarding this and related questions.

To begin with, lets get a few things out of the way. First, I do not believe that the question of Stalin is the cardinal question before Marxist-Leninists today. It is not the basis of rebuilding the unity of the Marxist-Leninist movement following the series of splits that occurred after his death and then the death of Mao Zedong. It is an important issue, but the basis of rebuilding unity among Marxist-Leninists should be based on agreement on Marxist-Leninist principles (rather than personalities) and anti-imperialist practice, i.e., proletarian internationalism. A summation of the experiences of the international communist movement is, of course, an integral part of building unity on the basis of principles. The 1999 declaration of the International Communist Seminar goes into this as well: “When parties have different ideological opinions concerning various questions, they can gradually surmount them in a process of common practical struggle against the international bourgeoisie, that strengthens confidence in the noblest ideals of humanity and eliminates all forms of opportunism, liberalism and dogmatism.” Continue reading

Long Live the Revolutionary Contributions of Mao Zedong!

Today, September 9th, marks the 32nd anniversary of the passing of Comrade Mao Zedong. Mao made many important contributions to Marxism-Leninism. He correctly understood the nature of revolution in underdeveloped countries and laid out the line and strategy of New Democratic Revolution and protracted people’s war. He developed the philosophy of dialectical materialism in his essays On Practice and On Contradiction. He expounded the theory of leadership which communists came to know as the Mass Line. He struggled against both ‘Left’ and Right opportunism and in the struggle against modern revisionism Chairman Mao developed the theory of continuing the revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat. Today, his theories are being put into practice by revolutionaries around the world, in the Philippines, in Colombia, in Nepal, Palestine and here at home. To honor his life and contributions to Marxism-Leninism and international proletarian revolution, I’m posting this memorial speech by his successor, Comrade Hua Guofeng. Hua fought to carry forward Mao Zedong’s revolutionary legacy amid attacks from both the ‘Left’ and the Right. Continue reading

Continue the Revolution Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat to the End

Mao’s successor Hua Guofeng died today. While I think Hua made some errors, due principally to his inexperience, in the main I think he was a good Marxist-Leninist, of whom Mao Zedong said, “With you in charge, my heart is at ease.” A statement from the Communist Party of China said that Hua Guofeng was “an outstanding CPC member, a long-tested and loyal Communist fighter and a proletarian revolutionary.” I would like to honor Chairman Hua’s passing by posting here one of his most famous articles, from 1977. It was originally uploaded to the Marxists Internet Archive.

Continue the Revolution Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat to the End: A Study of Volume V of the Selected Works of Mao Tsetung

by Hua Guofeng

Our great leader and teacher Chairman Mao Tsetung was the founder of our Party, our army and our People’s Republic and the greatest Marxist-Leninist of our time. Chairman Mao led the Chinese revolution for the long period of more than half a century. Integrating the universal truth of Marxism-Leninism with the concrete practice of the revolution, he formulated for our Party the only correct line, principles and policies for each stage of the Chinese revolution. He inherited, defended and developed Marxism-Leninism in struggles against Right and “Left” opportunism of all descriptions. Summing up the experience of the revolutionary movement in China and the contemporary world revolutionary movement, Chairman Mao made outstanding contributions to Marxism-Leninism in the spheres of philosophy, political economy and scientific socialism, thus immensely enriching the treasure-house of Marxist-Leninist theory. Continue reading