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Saturday, October 14, 2017

S. Korea's ruling party stresses dialogue with DPRK to resolve Korean Peninsula issue

So we have to wonder what people directly South of Democratic People's Republic (North) Korea actually want to do to resolve their differences over the nuclear build up North of them. They are in the direct line of fire if there is any kind of military exchange. Whether they are pounded by conventional artillery or if they get a nuclear device, the death toll would be a staggering amount. They may lose millions of people. The destruction would be catastrophic. So unlike President Donald Trump, who sits comfortably in his office, with no real danger of being nuked or fired at, the leaders of South Korea have to deal with their own life or death scenario. The South Koreans hope that they can reach some kind of a dialogue and some kind of agreement.
President Trump, shoots off his mouth about starting a war with North Korea and some people are worried that he is serious. If he is serious we can count on a massive death toll and the massive destruction of much of both Koreas. Any nuclear attack will leave land contaminated for decades. With the US 21st Century-sophisticated-technological military this country will surely vanquish North Korea. But the cost in lives, the environment and property damage will be one of the most massive war casualties of the last 100 years.
Maybe that is why this article shows the leaders of South Korea looking for ways to avoid a war.  -សតិវ អតុ



From Xinhua:

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party on Thursday stressed the importance for dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.
The emphasis on the peaceful resolution through dialogue came as the parliamentary inspection of the government kicked off. The first inspection session under the Moon Jae-in administration, which was inaugurated in May, would last for about three weeks.
Rep. Shim Jae-kwon of the Democratic Party, who serves in the parliamentary committeeof foreign affairs and re-unification, said in a press release that though sanctions and pressure are a necessary tool to deal with the nuclear and missile technologies of the DPRK, its eventual objective should be dialogue and negotiations.
Shim, the head of the committee, said inter-Korean dialogue would be needed at any cost, emphasizing the urgency in the restored hot line between South Korea and the DPRK under the current situations that tensions escalated on the peninsula.

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Revolutionary Movement in Punjab - The Experiences of Agrarian Revolution: Sukhvinder

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

50 years after Che Guevara

Lots of folks are posting things about the late great Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Che was not a Maoist. He was not all that found of China. But he also had vast differences with the Soviet Union. Over all he did more good than bad for world revolution. He was not successful, but he has inspired generations of would be revolutionaries both in Europe and Latin America. In his many world adventures he was not successful as a revolutionary but his inspiration is worth noting. Here are a few items to honor Che. -សតិវ អតុ


Understanding Che Guevara — 42 Years After His Murder

Posted by Mike E on October 13, 2009
Che was executed in cold blood 42 years ago by a U.S. lead death squad that captured him in Bolivia. Then, as now, he had emerged as a prominent symbol of  self-sacrifice, armed struggle, internationalism and uncompromising opposition to U.S. domination. His death stands as a glaring example of the role the U.S. and its agents play in the  brutal repression of humanity’s highest aspirations. The torturers of the CIA were not invented on 9/11 — but have a very long and bloody history.
Che is a highly romantic martyr of the people’s cause. But he was also a revolutionary leader and thinker  in a particular complex time; he was associated closely with a specific series of approaches and strategies.
Che (and the Cuban  movement he was part of) had a particular line on the role of the people in their own emancipation. It was  a view that exalted the actions of small military groupings of “heroic guerrillas” (called focos) in galvanizing revolution. Unlike the Maoists at that same time, Che and Fidel Castro were not advocates of a “land to the tiller” agrarian revolution, but sought to nationalize the existing plantation structure of Cuba and similar countries.
The fact that so many people revere him is a testimony to the deep desires for liberation throughout the world. And at the same time, revolution is not made by symbolism alone. The controversies surrounding Che’s strategies have contemporary significance.
The following piece was written over ten years ago in appreciation of Che’s impact — while also making a critical assessment of his strategic concepts. There has been considerable excavation of these events since this piece was written. Kasama intends to  publish other essays on Che reflecting a number of different assessments.
For more on this click here.



"Socialism and man in Cuba" (by CHE GUEVARA, 1965)


Saturday, October 07, 2017

New Black Lives Matter protests in St. Louis should be no surprise

By Chris Otto, from A Blue Collar View:
I ​was speaking to a woman the other day, when she brought up the latest round of Black Lives Matter protests that are sweeping the St. Louis region.
     “Everything was quiet, and now this” she said, with an air of disdain in her voice. I was tempted to explain it to her, but in the context of the business I was trying to conduct, I let it go.
     You may not have heard, but St, Louis is again the focus of daily protests by BLM activists. This time, the catalysts was the not guilty verdict of a white (now former) St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, who had been accused of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith, a young black man, and then planting a gun on Smith to cover it up. Here’s the condensed version of the incident: Stockley and his partner pulled Smith over, there was a confrontation in which Smith fled the scene in his car. Stockley perused the car and was heard on camera saying, “Going to kill this motherfucker, don’t you know it.” Less than a minute later he killed Smith, claiming Smith had a gun. Somehow the gun contained no DNA from Smith, but did have DNA from Stockley. During the incident Stockley violated a dozen or so STL police procedures and rules, including brandishing a non-police issue AK-47, (which he had been warned not to carry when on duty), and mishandling evidence, (taking his gloves off to retrieve the gun, after retrieving something from the squad car). Oh, and his partner pleaded the fifth and refused to testify in his partners trial. The whole thing stunk of murder and cover up, but justice system being what it is, Stockley was acquitted. Thus, the new explosion of protests over the past three weeks. Although the first weekend of protests had a few instances of vandalism (broken windows), and some episodes of rocks and stones being thrown at police officers, the protests this time have been peaceful, causing none of the widespread destruction we saw three years ago. The protests have also been more disciplined and strategic, taking place in trendy upscale neighborhoods in the city, shopping malls in St. Louis County, and even white flight havens like St. Charles.

    
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Black Lives Matter protesters on the trendy, upscale Central West End neighborhood.

 Meanwhile, regional political leaders, the local press, and many white people reacted with astonishment that our unresolved issues have once again resurfaced in the form of social unrest. “How could this happen again?’, and “this isn’t fair” they whine. Except, it is fair, because we failed, as a region, to deal with the issues raised by the Ferguson Uprising. Before the Michael Brown shooting in 2014, we could pretend we didn’t know how bad relations were between poor black communities and the various municipal police departments, but not any more. 
​     The Justice Department investigation laid out a clear and undeniable pattern of civil rights violations by police of black citizens, who’s findings we have largely ignored. Missouri’s Governor put together the obligatory “blue ribbon” panel to study racial disparity in the region, “the Ferguson Commission”. It’s findings and recommendations were also largely ignored, and are now gathering dust on the shelf of indifference. Other than making a few minor weeks to the predatory municipal court system in St. Louis County, nothing has been done to stop the abuse that our black friends and neighbors are subjected to by the police and our “justice’ system. We have all failed here in St. Louis, me included, to make fighting institutionalized racism a priority. Our state legislature was too busy loosening guns laws, and the city was preoccupied with begging the Rams to stay in town. St. Louis made the fatal mistake of thinking the unrest was “the problem”, not a symptom of our inability to come to grips with systemic racism.

     No one in this town would deny that there is a deep racial divide, but many are content to pretend, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that this divide does not infect law enforcement.  How deep is this racial divide? The members of the St. Louis Police Department have two representative bodies, the official police union (the SLPOA), and the Ethical Society of Police, an organization formed by black police who believe the official police union does not represent their interests. By the way, the Ethical Society of Police called for Jason Stockley to be convicted of murder.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

From the frontlines of the battle of Hamburg against the G20

From A World to Win News Service:
What follows is a report from supporters of the new communism gathered in the Revolutionary Communist Manifesto Group in Europe (RCMG) who were involved in the massive protests held against the G20 summit in Hamburg on 7-8 July. This gathering of the heads of the world's most powerful imperialist states, a time of unprecedented crisis around globally, represented a blatant affront and a serious challenge to the world's people that had to be met head-on. It was a major political event at a crucial juncture in Europe and around the world.

Dominated by the most powerful imperialist countries accompanied by some notorious reactionaries such Turkey's Erdogan and India's Modi, it aimed to bring together the representatives of the most exploitive and oppressive rulers of the existing world in order to contend and negotiate with each other over how to prey upon the masses of the world and its resources. But the presence of the fascist Donald Trump signalled that this was more than the usual annual G20 event. The emergence of the fascist Trump/Pence regime at the head of the world's most powerful imperialist country has dramatic implications for people everywhere. The same deep contradictions that led to the installation of the Trump regime in the US are also at work in Europe, fuelling racism, xenophobia, misogyny and a more repressive political environment everywhere. This rightward lurch by the rulers is being expressed in the growth of fascist movements around the world, including the possibility of fascist regimes in Europe itself, even in countries like Germany and France where the dictatorship of the capitalist class has long been exercised in the form of social democratic regimes.

The significance of this G20 summit called for something beyond protest as usual. Many tens of thousands of people from Germany, other European countries and even beyond were expected to take part in four days of protests against the summit all that it stands for, united to oppose some of the most brutal aspects of what the capitalist-imperialist system dishes out to people daily. It was clear that among those who attended there would be a large spectrum who recognise, to one extent or another, the need to get rid of the capitalist system itself, including some looking for a revolutionary alternative. All of this resistance and opposition was extremely important. At the same time, it is a fact that the merciless domination and exploitation of the overwhelming majority of people and nations on this planet by a handful of rich countries will continue as long as this capitalist-imperialist system exists. It is a scathing indictment of the criminal and inhuman nature of this system that in a world where humanity's basic needs could already be met, suffering, misery and ignorance stalk vast swaths of the human landscape.

On the stage set in Hamburg, the fascist Trump-Pence regime was receiving an official welcome and being given legitimation by the rest of the other heads of state, while whetting the appetites and fueling competition from other imperialists, with Germany's Merkel seizing on the occasion to forcefully assert Germany's ambitions for a bigger role running the world. All this posed urgent responsibilities on those who understood this to greatly step up their struggle against this life-devouring capitalist world order.

Revolutionary communists took part in planning activities in Hamburg and in Berlin to prepare the anti-G20 Summit protests months in advance of the event and developed an understanding of the features shaping the political terrain and the nature and line of the forces aiming to protest the summit. The Revolutionary Communist Manifesto Group of supporters of the new communism brought forward by Bob Avakian in Europe called for an all-out mobilization to take part. 

There was a firm understanding among the comrades taking part of the need to boldly take out the need and desirability of communist revolution and the importance of promoting the architect of the new synthesis of communism, Bob Avakian. With this goal in mind, the comrades wrangled with how this could be done in relationship to the major issues that the masses coming to Hamburg would be raising? The question that came into sharper focus was what kind of work to unfold among the masses? What is the relation between partial struggles and particular demands (for example, ''drive out the fascist Trump regime'') and the overall task of preparing the proletarian revolution? How do we further advance the communist work of propagating and fighting for the new synthesis under these circumstances? The political approach RCMG supporters and others united around was reflected in the slogans adopted for a main leaflet to be distributed massively in German and English: "Fight the G20 Summit of Exploiters, Mass Murderers and War-mongers! Help Drive Out the Fascist Trump/Pence Regime! Humanity Needs Revolution and the New Communism!"

In Hamburg and later Berlin, during the latter part of June, two public meetings were held to discuss ''the Trump regime, the rightward lurch in Europe and the danger of fascism'' as part of the preparations for the G20 protests. Although the number of the people attending these public meetings was not large, they nonetheless helped to bring out the urgency of fully coming to terms with the dangers posed by the fascist Trump-Pence regime, making this part of the today's political discussion as broadly as possible, and organizing to fight with this understanding. Posters with the slogans ''NO! In the name of humanity, We refuse to accept a fascist America!'' and ''Drive out the Trump-Pence Regime!'' in several languages appeared on walls in areas of Hamburg known for their concentration of youth and radical-minded people. Comrades were invited to make presentations of their views at radical street events. Several different leaflets were widely distributed in large numbers on topics such the migrant crisis and ''Das Trump Regime, der Rechtsruck in Europa und die Gefahr des Faschismus'' [The Trump Regime, the Righward Lurch in Europe and the Danger of Fascism]. 

During the tumultuous days of the G20 protests, the strong presence, resolve and visibility of a clearly multi-national force, with Avakian[1] “Revolution Nothing Less” t-shirts and banners with the three slogans in different languages became a recognized feature in all the major demonstrations. More than 20,000 leaflets were distributed and they were in the main eagerly received. Many curious to know who the RCMG supporters were and what they were advocating were introduced to communist revolution and the existence of the line, leadership and the strategy for the struggle to turn into an actual revolution. Several hundred copies of a pamphlet put out by the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, How We Can Win: How We Can Really Make Revolution, were taken by those eager to check out a how a revolution could be prepared and actually win in a country like the United States. The contingent was uniting with and encouraging the more radical sections of the demonstrators while striving to promote revolutionary communism as a real pole of attraction on the anti-G20 protest terrain. There were many discussions about the crucial significance of Avakian's further development of the theory of communist revolution on a higher and more scientific ground and the decisive importance of this for solving the problems of preparing, making and carrying forward an actual revolution aimed at the worldwide elimination of all forms of exploitation and oppression and the behaviours and thinking based on them. 

One important example of how this stand was translated into action came at the 6 July late afternoon demonstration named ''Welcome to Hell'' that brought together a variety of forces around the “black bloc” anarchists and other rebellious youth who had called for it. (Trump had earlier called immigrant neighbourhoods in Europe's big cities 'hell".) Riot police attacked the hundreds-strong front line black bloc fighters because of their proclaimed intention to disrupt the G20. In the ensuing struggle, the RCMG people were able to successfully raise their revolutionary banners to regroup and lead several hundred demonstrators to continue marching into the city. This was possible because of the group's revolutionary stand and resolve on the strength of the political understanding they were propagating, and because they took responsibility for building unity as widely as possible among those opposing the system, despite the influence of entrenched anti-communism of the black-bloc leadership on many of them. In general, it could be said that the week of anti G20 protests would not have been the same without the determined presence and struggle of the RCMG activists.

The criminality of this system is rapidly becoming more clear and unacceptable to millions and many people are even questioning the legitimacy of this system, and the need and possibility of an actual revolution urgently needs to become the focus of attention of the advanced forces. In response to these protests, the Merkel government deployed a massive, deliberately intimidating range of force, including 23 helicopters and 32 of the world's largest water cannon. The Bundestag, Germany's parliament, is now discussing the possibility of outright police state measures to stop such protests in the future, including electronic control measures confine potential protestors at home, and massively stepped up video surveillance. All this is an indication that even the Europe's essentially social democratic regime intend to and are compelled to accelerate the rightward lurch despite growing opposition. Battles will surely arise around crucial issues like immigration and the need to help drive out the Trump/Pence regime. By joining and strengthening these battles and above all by bringing out the possibility of an entirely different world, today's embryonic communist forces can begin to transform themselves and the political landscape.


Pix by Daily Mail.


[1] Once again this blog does not endorse Bob Avakian and his new synthesis, but we left this in out of respect for the author of this well written article.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

US- Tom Petty- sometimes a progressive musician

It's a big los for me to see Tom Petty die. He was a great musician and he was sometimes progressive. Here is one of my favorites:  -សតិវ អតុ

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers- Something in the Air


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ecuador- 25 YEARS SINCE HIS CAPTURE: LONG LIVE PRESIDENT GONZALO!

Origionaly posted September 16, 2017
 Translated by Google and សតិវ អតុ:


"We are here under these circumstances; some think that it is a great defeat, they dream, we tell them to continue dreaming. It is simply a bend, nothing else, a bend in the road! The road is long and with that we will arrive, and, we will triumph!
You will see it! You will see it!"
PRESIDENT GONZALO

25 years ago the reaction of Peru took President Gonzalo as a prisoner of war.
We will not ignore the hard impact that this fact had on the development of the People's War in Peru, and with it, within the International Communist Movement, but we can not in any way fall into the ambush that has provided the right opportunist line and view, that it was a sudden blow and marked the "final defeat" of the people's war in Peru.
On September 15 of the same year, President Gonzalo, from the cage in which he was exposed to the world as a "trophy of war" said: "It is simply a bend, nothing more, a bend in the road! ". It's true. One corner, because it must be understood that nobody, absolutely no one has been unconquered in the fight against imperialism and the conquest of power for the class and the people without receiving any blow or has been exempt from delivering the necessary quota of blood and other sacrifices. History has endorsed this, as a law proper to that long, complex and bloody road to settle, once and for all, the antagonistic and irreconcilable contradictions between oppressed and oppressors; exploited and exploitative, communist and revisionist; revolution and counterrevolution.
"It is simply a bend" , and it is the truth, because to the people's war in Peru it is not necessary to see it as an isolated fact of the dynamics that the international proletariat recovered from this historical landmark that gave way to that pertreche of Marxism-Leninism raised to a third and higher stage: Maoism. And we communists know, Marxism has developed in struggle, in permanent struggle.
A turning point, because although it is true that the people's war in Peru entered a stage of difficulties, the consequent line, the red line, communist, revolutionary, survives like a flame that has survived the black winds sustained by imperialism, reaction, the old state, revisionism, centrism, opportunism, that is to say, the complete detachment of class and people enemies who permanently claim that the people's war came to an end, that the war was defeated, and about that patraña, try to raise a series of theoretical and political arguments trying to justify the unjustifiable: betrayal and capitulation.
Dog dreams have the reaction if they think the people's war has been defeated. Starving sheep bleating issues revisionism with the fact that it is time to "make way for reconciliation because the people's war has ended."
But in the middle of these difficulties, little by little an important change in the correlation of forces in the middle of the people's war is being established; little by little the opportunist right-wing line led by movadef, which internationally seeks theoretical and political support in the ideological diatribes of Avakián, Prachanda, fed cowardly from the centrist ambiguity that has managed to make trenches in the bosom of the proletariat of Italy and France, a new nest of opportunists who also traffic with the struggles of the class, the people and the popular wars that are advancing in the world.
Today, the thought of Gonzalo takes on an unusual force in Germany, Austria; in the construction and reconstitution of communist parties, as in the case of Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and others, who, on the basis of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, without ambiguity, President Gonzalo's contributions to the MLM, precisely in those countries where the proletariat has understood that revolution is not a mechanical, linear, but rather a dialectical, that has difficulties, that the character of the war is prolonged and that by its nature, is doomed to triumph.
As one more anniversary of the capture of President Gonzalo, the Communist Party of Ecuador - Sol Rojo, demands the old state of Peru respect for the life, dignity and health of the president; the immediate release.

LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT GONZALO!
LONG LIVE GONZALO THOUGHT!
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S WAR IN PERU!
THE PEOPLE'S WAR WILL INEVITABLY WIN!
LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE'S WAR IN PERU, INDIA, TURKEY AND THE PHILIPPINES!
WE ARE OF THE THIRD WORLD AND THE THIRD WORLD IS BASED ON THE WORLD'S PROLETARIAT REVOLUTION.
THE ROAD IS LONG AND WITH THAT, WE WILL COME, WE WILL TRIUMPHT!!
LONG LIVE THE MARXISM-LENINISM-MAOISM!
TO CONQUER THE RED SUN OF LIBERATION: COMMUNISM! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Philippines- Stop the aerial bombing of Batangas!

Office of Information
Communist Party of the Philippines
September 26, 2017

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the regime of Duterte and its Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for throwing bombs on villages in the vicinity of Mount Banoy, that is to the outskirts of Batangas City and only a few hours from Metro Manila .

The indiscriminate aerial bombing and ruthless AFP offensive operations against the New People's Army (NPA) in the area have forced hundreds of families from several neighborhoods to evacuate the area and seek security because of the fascist rage of the AFP. The peasant masses in the vicinity of Mount Banoy are resisting mining and defending their land and the environment.

The Duterte regime has long been applying its doctrine of destruction by bombing the NPA, peasant masses, and popular minority communities throughout the country. They have applied the doctrine on a large scale during the four-month siege of the AFP over Marawi. As in Marawi, they have endangered the lives of the people and trampled their rights by forcing them to leave their homes.

The bombing in Batangas City is accompanied by the aerial bombing of September 20 against the village Lumad and peasant communities in Magpet, North Cotobato, which aimed at the Lumad School Pops Tentorio Memorial.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We must explain and clarify why Maoism needs to be part of revolutionary theory

By សតិវ អតុ
Just about a week ago I posted an article from Democracy and Class Struggle; 25 Years since Arrest of Chairman Gonzalo : Maoism - On Marxism Leninism Maoism, which I re-titled and reposted as Maoism - On Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as opposed to just plain Marxist-Leninism. To a large extent I think we are writing to a specific audience with such articles. And when I look at what the mainstream press prints on the subject of Mao Zedong (泽东), it looks similar to articles on Adolf Hitler. Mao is described as a mass murder, and each publication includes lots of huge numbers of dead. At times I had to wonder: "Are we writing about the same person." 
The Hundred Flowers Campaign, The Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, all are campaigns run by Mao and all of them are listed in various articles complete with staggering numbers of death and destruction. For example this is from the British newspaper The Guardian:

"Chairman's legacy

The Long March
Mao was among several leaders of a protracted retreat that started in October 1934 and took the communist army 9,000km. Although it ensured the survival of the party, only 20,000 of the 90,000 who started out on the march in Jiangxi province made it to the end in Yanan in Shaanxi. As well as disease, exposure and battles with the Kuomintang, the high rate of fatalities was a result of repeated inner-party purges.

Hundred Flowers Campaign
Emboldened after the early successes of the republic, Mao decided in April 1957 to relax censorship and invite constructive criticism about his rule. "Let a hundred flowers bloom" in the arts, he said. But such was the flood of complaints that the Great Helmsman quickly changed his stance. Within six months, 300,000 intellectuals were either killed, imprisoned, sacked or branded "rightists" in need of political re-education.

Great Leap Forward
Mao was personally responsible for this disastrous attempt to jumpstart the economy by collectivising agricultural production and establishing smelting kilns in every village to match Britain's industrial output in 10 years. The radical experiment started with the attempted abolition of money and private property, and ended with a famine that killed between 30 million and 60 million peasants after the failure of harvests in 1959 and1960.

Cultural Revolution
An aging Mao attempted to build a new political base through the spread of a personality cult. From 1966 devoted students across the country formed Red Guard units, which spearheaded a vicious purge against Mao's opponents - real and imagined. Anything related to the Four Olds - old ideas, old customs, old culture and old habits - was a target. Millions died. When the students threatened to move out of control, Mao used the People's Liberation Army to crush dissent."

The article even bashed The Long March, which is considered, by those Chinese who lived in or near that time period,  a major eventa test of bravery, a challenge that put those who survived this as major heroes. Most Chinese that where alive during that time period or new of it take great pride in that event. It is a major event in which members of the communist guerrilla army suffered great hard ships and horrible weather conditions in order to fight against the Kuomintang. To describe it as the "result of repeated inner-party purges," is a major insult to the people of China and their accomplishments. It is also simply not true. It is an outright lie.
Today's US mainstream media has revised China's history to make one of the most influential person of the last century into a common criminal. Pundits and pseudo-historians have inflated numbers of people killed and denigrated the history of Mao to the point of creating an absurd cartoon.
Clearly, leftists as myself, have almost nothing in common with the Western world's view of a man who's philosophy I and others have relied upon for our political theories.
Consider this explanation of why the Cultural Revolution was waged, by The New York Times:

"What was the Cultural Revolution?
The movement was fundamentally about elite politics, as Mao tried to reassert control by setting radical youths against the Communist Party hierarchy. But it had widespread consequences at all levels of society. Young people battled Mao’s perceived enemies, and one another, as Red Guards, before being sent to the countryside in the later stages of the Cultural Revolution. Intellectuals, people deemed “class enemies” and those with ties to the West or the former Nationalist government were persecuted. Many officials were purged. Some, like the future leader Deng Xiaoping, were eventually rehabilitated. Others were killed, committed suicide or were left permanently scarred. Some scholars contend that the trauma of the era contributed to economic transition in the decades that followed, as Chinese were willing to embrace market-oriented reforms to spur growth and ease deprivation."

Now let's see an explanation from a Maoist web site Democracy and Class Struggle:

"The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in a historical perspective is the most transcendental development of Marxism-Leninism made by Chairman Mao; it is the solution to the great pending problem of the continuation of the revolution under the proletarian dictatorship: “It represents a more profound and wider new stage in the development of the socialist revolution in our country.”

What was the situation that presented itself? As stated in the Decision of the Communist Party of China on the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution states: “Although overthrown, the bourgeoisie still tries to avail itself of the old ideas, culture, habits and ways of the exploiting classes in order to corrupt the masses and to conquer the minds of the people in its endeavors to restore its power. The proletariat must do exactly the opposite: It must deal merciless, frontal blows to all the challenges by the bourgeoisie in the ideological arena and change the spiritual composition of the whole society using its own new ideas, culture, habits and ways. Our present aim is to crush, through struggle, those who occupy leading posts and follow the capitalist road, to criticize and repudiate the reactionary bourgeois ‘authorities’ in the academic fields, to criticize and repudiate the ideology of the bourgeoisie and other exploiting classes, and to transform education, literature, and art and the rest of areas of the superstructure that do not correspond to the economic base of socialism, in order to facilitate the consolidation and the development of the socialist system.”

These explanation don't match. Through the eyes of the mainstream Western press the history of Chinese communism is strictly limited to power struggles and bloody purges. Nothing else has any meaning to the Western pundits. To be blunt The New York Times explained nothing at all about the Cultural Revolution and why it was waged. 
Probably the biggest oversight on the part of Western thinkers is that the Maoists of today don't really rely on the leadership of the man for their inspirationthey rely on the philosophy that the man developed. This is why so many people around the world still find Maoism important. Mao developed a school of philosophy and that philosophy includes a rather complete system. In other words it is the books he wrote that makes him so important to those of us who call are selves Maoists.
Politicians and pundits in the West can never accept the idea that a non-capitalist non-white man philosopher can have anything of value to offer the reader. They are biased and because of their inaccurate representations of Mao and his philosophy, many people the world over miss out on studying it. From The Guardian:

"According to a confidant of Mao - a retired senior member of the Communist party- it is this refusal to confront and reassess the darkest episodes of China's past that is preventing the country from achieving its potential in the future.
In a rare interview, Li Rui, Mao's personal secretary during the Great Helmsman's most murderous period in power, told the Guardian that the biggest problem facing modern China was its inability to face up to history.
Few people know the horrors it contains more intimately than the 88-year-old, whose outspoken views have taken him in and out of the centre of power in Beijing and the political wilderness of gulags in freezing Heilongjiang province."

Many people in the west don't even realize that such a Maoist school of philosophy exists. Since Mao is not counted among the Western thinkers, such as Plato, Jean-Paul Sartre or Ayn Rand, the West refuses to even consider Maoism as a real philosophy.
Maoism is a very complete philosophy. It includes simple suggestions as to how people can live better in the world, such as:

Do you doubt this conclusion? Facts will force you to accept it. Just try and appraise the political situation or guide the struggle without making any investigation, and you will see whether or not such appraisal or guidance is groundless and idealist and whether or not it will lead to opportunist or putschist errors. Certainly it will…."

The whole point of this is just to warn people to investigate situations in the flesh, themselves, rather than rely only on books or written materials to get information on various situations. It is simple but good advice. But other writings are more profound. They explain how to understand political power—how it works and how to use it. Most political people are familiar with the quote: "All political power comes from the barrel of a gun." Over the years a lot of people have criticized that quote as if he was saying something sinister. But former President Ronald Reagan, our own Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and other right-wing Republicans have endorsed that view even if they don't say so outright. In Kansas the Republican party has pushed for loser gun laws that allow citizens to carry guns anywhere. No one believes more in the power of a gun than the Republican gun owners and such groups as the NRA.
The philosophy of Mao contains a lot of writings on issues dealing with China, but most of it is universal in possible application. As with Sartre's Being and Nothingness, which is considered a complete philosophy, Mao's ideas are also considered that way by those who follow him. And Mao wrote many books, almost an encyclopedia of political theory.  
As I wrote earlier this month in an article called Maoism - On Marxism-Leninism-Maoism as opposed to just plain Marxist-Leninism. It would appear at first glance that I was strongly opposed to just plain Marxist-Leninism. Most Maoists strongly oppose revisionism. The simple definition is that of non-Maoist, Marxist-Leninists of the old fashion, or for old and past types of M-Ls. For example, from the Red Guards Los Angeles:

"Opportunism vs Maoism: St. Louis Revolutionary Collective as a Lesson for the US Maoist Movement
The following is a joint statement from Kansas City Revolutionary Collective (KCRC), Red Guards Los Angeles (RGLA), Tampa Maoist Collective (TMC), Queen City Maoist Collective (QCMC), Red Guards Austin (RGA), and Revolutionary Association of Houston (RAH). This statement details the ongoing struggle to seek revolutionary principles and practice from Saint Louis Revolutionary Collective (STLRC). We hope to be able to dispel rumors, half-truths, and outright lies. This document is an effort to go into detail and give nuance to what we identify as the misguided practice and ideological errors of STLRC with specific focus on the leader of STLRC. While this document is quite long, we felt it was necessary to go into these errors as thoroughly as possible so as to not leave anything up to the imagination or discard any crucial analysis. We hope that comrades in St. Louis who oppose the right-opportunist revisionist line and ideology of the leader of STLRC will hold him accountable, struggle against his liberalism, and seek principled unity with the broader movement."

This is an example of an attack by Maoist groups against a revisionist organization. In this case, there is reasons why such an attack was needed against a Marxist-Leninist group. It brings up an important issue I have had with Maoist groups.  

The following quote is by Democracy and Class Struggle:

Nevertheless, while Marxism-Leninism has obtained an acknowledgment of its universal validity, Maoism is not completely acknowledged as the third stage. Some simply deny its condition as such, while others only accept it as “Mao Tse-tung Thought.” In essence, both positions, with the obvious differences between them, deny the general development of Marxism made by Chairman Mao Tse-tung. The denial of the “ism” character of Maoism denies its universal validity and, consequently, its condition as the third, new, and superior stage of the ideology of the international proletariat: Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, that we uphold, defend, and apply.

As an INTRODUCTION, in order to better understand Maoism and the necessity to struggle for it, let us remember Lenin. He taught us that as the revolution advanced to the East it expressed specific conditions that, while they did not negate principles or laws, were new situations that Marxism could not ignore, upon the risk of putting the revolution in danger of a defeat. Notwithstanding the uproar against what is new by pedantic and bookish intellectuals, who are stuffed with liberalism and false Marxism, the only just and correct thing to do is to apply Marxism to the concrete conditions and to solve the new situations and problems that every revolution necessarily faces. In the face of the horrified and pharisaic “defenses of the ideology, the class, and of the people” that revisionists, opportunists and renegades proclaim, or the furious attacks against Marxism by brutalized academicians and hacks of the old order who are debased by the rotten bourgeois ideology and blindly defend the old society on which they are parasites.

For some Maoist persons and groups it is important to fight against revisionism. But to what extent? In some countries, such as those in the Middle East, there are few Maoist groups that hold any power. They are quite small compared to all the groups around them. For example in Iraq there are the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist - Revolutionaries of Iraq. they are a good group, but not large enough to be recognized by our own US military as a serious  player on  the world stage. They are a good group, but they are small. There is nothing wrong with supporting them, but compared to the other actors in the theatre of the Iraq war and the war with  Islamic State or ISIS, they are just barely noticed. However there is the Kurdistan Workers' Party/ Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê or as they are known, the PKK. This group has an area they control and they are putting up serious resistance to ISIS.
The PKK is based their movement on Murray Bookchin, a secular theory based on collectivism. According to an article in a mainstream publication called WSJ:

"INJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq—Nine years ago, Zind Ruken packed a bag and left her majority-ethnic-Kurdish city in Iran, escaping a brutal police crackdown and pressure to marry a man she’d never met.
Now the 24-year-old is a battle-hardened guerrilla, using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to fight Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq.
She has deployed to reverse their advances on self-governing Kurdish communities. Last summer, she says, she helped rescue Kurdish-speaking Yazidis besieged on Sinjar Mountain. Her unit has fought Islamist insurgents and conventional armies in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq—countries where an estimated 30 million Kurds live.
Ms. Ruken’s journey provides a glimpse behind the remarkable rise of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, the cultlike Marxist-inspired group she fights for and whose triumphs against Islamic State have helped it evolve from ragtag militia to regional power player."

So this group is fighting against ISIS for a leftist cause. They are not Maoist, but they are fighting against the imperialist power of Turkey.
We have to admit that ISIS in Iraq and the Taliban, fighting in Afghanistan, have put up an amazing resistance to US imperialism. But we have nothing in common with what they want to do. There are people in those parts of the world who believe they will gain some sovereignty to their nation state and maybe the control of their resources. But ISIS and the Taliban want to create a right-wing theocracy based on Islam. They have executed people for belonging to the WRONG branch of Islam. They would no doubt want to kill a Marxist or a Maoist.  They have noting in common with any kind of Marxism. So for this part of the world, the PKK offers some relief from religious persecution.
Here in the US it is my belief that we need unity of the left as much as possible. There are some Marxist-Leninists we can work with in coalitions of for individual issues. For example there are some members of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) that are willing to work with Marxists or Maoists. There are some DSA members who are straight up democratic socialists or liberals who we have nothing in common with. I would argue that some DSA members want to help break down the barriers between the US public and the word Socialism. Socialism is still a bad word for many people here in the US. For example, in a recent DSA meeting in Wichita:

"Other actions the group discussed include educational outreach, ways to educate people as to what socialism really is and how to reach public educational facilities.
A discussion was held on promoting socialist candidates. The group agreed we will all support Democrat James Thompson and Brandon Johnson, but we are not sure at what point we want such candidates to endorse us as a group since socialism is still a dirty word."

I think it makes sense to work with a group that wants to break down the stigma of socialism. A friend of mine, who used to be a member of the Socialist Workers Party, wrote to my blog to respond to this:

"The Midwest Is Red: May Day message of the Kansas City Revolutionary Collective
Each year I try to post and repost May Day messages from parties and organizations around the world. This message was posted by the Kansas City Revolutionary Collective. I have not met these folks yet, but this group is in Kansas City which is a 3 ½ hour drive from my home town. This is the closest Maoist organization to me and I hope to make a trip up to Kansas City to meet these folks sometime soon." 

My Friend said this:


"Bill Bolinger said...
I have been opposed to capitalism most of my life. I have studied almost everything I could find of a "revolutionary writings and thought"! I was in the Socialist Workers Party from 1976- 1985. I can not see you organization having any chance to attracting but few people! We did not either through people were surprised that we were not larger because the saw us so many places! Unless a movement arising from the legitimate struggle of the people and from their organization I do not believe it will be effective. Many have bought into various claims of the system but the dissatisfaction is the greatest I have seen since the 1960's! Few people have any method to figure out what to do because of lifelong indoctrination of the system! Bill Bolinger"

He was being honest. It is hard to get through to people with that life-time of indoctrination of the capitalist ideology and the hatred of socialism and communism that the average American goes through during their early educational years.
One problem we have as Maoists is that we sometimes have narrow minded revisionist who are as hard on us as the political right is.
In May 2016 I wrote an article, Young Trotskyists on the internet—they are REAL ANNOYING, about some of the attitudes of young Trotskyists and their comments, on Facebook,  about Maoism. Examples included:

“The author (of an article called Maoism as Anti-Eurocentrism, by Redzeal) either is ignorant of, or lying about, the anti-Eurocentrism of the early Comintern and its continuation by Trotskyists. What's more I find it hard to take seriously an analysis which upholds Maoism as anti-Eurocentrist when Mao demanded that a billion Chinese act like idiots and worship him as an infallible deity. Plus, how anti-Eurocentric was Mao's betrayal of third world revolutions when it conflicted with his diplomatic goals?”

And some earlier comments said it all:

“I don’t consider Maoism to be Marxist.”

And:

“Mao was not a Marxist and China is just another state capitalist excuse for being commie.”

Clearly there are those revisionists we can't work with at all. They are under the influence of ​petit bourgeois libertarianism. They are useless and we should attack them as if they were right-wing.
I think it is important to clarify that I have a huge hatred of capitalism and all it has done for me and others. Someday a philosopher may come along and provide us with a better idea than Maoism. It is more important for me to oppose and try to destroy the capitalism order of things rather than promote any ideology. But it is important to have ideas, ideology and something we can put our beliefs into. I find Maoism the most important philosophy I have ever encountered. That is not to say there are no other good philosophies out there that can be useful to us. I don't recommend that anyone avoid other philosophies. There are many that I find interesting and useful, including the works of Rosa Luxemburg, Antonio Gramsci and Epicurus. But Maoism stands out as the best philosopher and people around the world have adopted him as their main ideology. We must defend and explain what Maoism is and why we need it.