Due to indoctrination by the Western, capitalist media, some may be shocked to see Mao Zedong presented as a “radical hero.” Those who are committed to total pacifism will, of course, not be fans of Chairman Mao under any circumstances. However, for those who understand that class war is, quite literally, a real war and that resistance to imperialism and armed reactionary forces must be repelled and conquered by violence, perhaps the articles linked below that challenge the Western “conventional wisdom” about Mao will lead you to a better understanding of this complex and important historical figure and the movement he was a part of.
Quotes about Mao:
- “You know, I really thought that love would save us all. But now I’m wearing a Chairman Mao badge.” – John Lennon (Rolling Stone interview, Feb. 4, 1971)
Quotes from Mao:
Translation: “We shall support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support.”
Translation: “Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
- “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”
- “I hold that it is bad as far as we are concerned if a person, a political party, an army or a school is not attacked by the enemy, for in that case it would definitely mean that we have sunk to the level of the enemy. It is good if we are attacked by the enemy, since it proves that we have drawn a clear dividing line between the enemy and ourselves. It is still better if the enemy attacks us wildly and paints us as utterly black and without a single virtue; it demonstrates that we have not only drawn a clear dividing line between the enemy and ourselves but have achieved spectacular successes in our work.”