Since the early 1980s it has been chic for publishers to put out anti-Maoist, anti-cultural revolution books, who dramatise and simplify the Maoist period of China so that the cultural mainstream has only seen books that portray the man and his government and revolution as vicious mass murder on par with that of Hitler. A lot of Americans and people from around the world know better. They understand the events of
, some failed, many brought positive change. For from being a mass murderer, no 20th century leader stood up for the poorer classes than Moa Zedong. While text books and mainstream pundits simply regurgitate that same old propaganda, the rest of us have made it clear we just don’t by it. Most people from China today don’t talk about Mao as a mass murderer. He is printed on modern Chinese paper money. So I agree with most of the following book review; -សតិវ អតុ China
Much is being made of the twenty-first anniversary of the publication of Wild Swans (1991) by the Chinese writer Jung Chang. The book is an account of her family’s experiences during the Chinese Revolution. Over thirteen million copies have been sold and many millions more people have read this book. Indeed, for many of the readers it is the only book they have ever read about modern
. This is most unfortunate because the book is an unremitting attack upon socialist revolution in China and the great communist who came to lead it, Mao Tse-tung,. China
In 2005 Jung Chang and Jon Halliday brought out Mao: The Unknown Story. According to this piece of propaganda, Mao was an entirely negative character from the moment of his birth. He is presented as lazy, greedy, vicious, murderous, incompetent, etc, etc. No positive qualities of any kind are mentioned, something that even many of the reactionary reviewers of the book noticed. Jung Chang’s method is to start out with the assumption that Mao was thoroughly rotten and then to select and distort evidence to sustain this false claim. This book has been widely criticised by serious
The promotion of Jung Chang’s books is part of the massive barrage of anti-communist propaganda which has intensified during the last twenty years following the final collapse of the
Soviet Union. As it becomes clearer that capitalism - the oppressive system under which we live - is in decline, capitalists and those who serve them become ever more desperate to convince us that no alternative, especially socialism, is possible. Jung Chang and many other memoirists of life in the Soviet Union and have become rich through their reactionary propagandising promoted by the capitalist media. China
SEEK THE TRUTH TO SERVE THE PEOPLE
A century ago when Mao was young, the once great civilisation of
had been reduced by internal reactionaries and external imperialists to a state of disorder and destitution. Mao was one of the young Chinese who were determined to find a way to save China and turn it into a prosperous, modern society. It was the Communist Party of China, eventually led by Mao, which found the way forward which led to the defeat of internal and external enemies and the foundation of the People’s Republic in 1949. In China today Mao is widely respected and revered for the leading part he played in this great revolutionary struggle. China
THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD
It is Mao who has been blamed for the negative side of the Great Leap Forward although the policy was that of the whole Communist Party leadership. Jung Chang and other reactionary writers have used this episode to greatly exaggerate the numbers who died and to depict Mao as the biggest mass murderer in history. The capitalist-controlled media have eagerly propagated this nonsense. During the nineteen sixties and seventies the Chinese economy grew rapidly. By the time of Mao’s death in 1976, compared with 1949, the population of
China had considerably grown, average live expectancy had increased by twenty-five years, great advances in health care and education had been made and had developed a solid industrial base. China
THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Learning from what was happening in the Soviet Union, Mao came to realise that there was a danger of capitalism being restored in
. The threat came not from old reactionaries or foreign imperialists but from “those in power taking the capitalist road” within the leadership of the Communist Party. People such as Liu Shao-chi (President of the PRC), Teng Hsiao-ping (General Secretary of the CPC) and privileged Party officials such as members of Jung Chang’s family wanted China to take a capitalist path of development, not a socialist one. Mao and his comrades called upon firstly the students and then workers and peasants to rise up and overthrow the capitalist-roaders. This unleashed ten years of sharp class struggle in China but eventually the capitalist roaders won out. On his deathbed in 1976 Mao said, “I have predicted that full-scale capitalist restoration may appear in China .” China
Mao’s prediction that capitalism would be restored in
has come true. In 1976 China was the most equal society in the world whereas today it is the most unequal with the “Communist Party” led by billionaires. At the same time the workers and peasants have been losing many of the economic rights and social benefits they gained during the socialist period. Workers face job insecurity and loss of pensions. Peasants are having their land stolen from them by corrupt officials. But there is growing unrest and revolt among the Chinese people. As Mao said, “Wherever there is oppression, there is resistance.” China
LONG LIVE MAOISM!
today there is rapid capitalist economic growth with the usual outcome: enrichment for a few and growing poverty for hundreds of millions of workers and peasants. Mao’s conception of people’s war is being applied by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) which is leading armed insurrection in many parts of India . The life and work of Mao is an inspiration to poor, oppressed people in many parts of the world. That is why capitalists and their literary apologists, such as Jung Chang, hate the memory of Mao and do everything they can to denigrate this great revolutionary leader. India
DOWN WITH JUNG CHANG!
LONG LIVE MAOISM!