“If we orient ourselves according to these four points, we will be able to prepare ourselves for the next period of our development, in which we will be born as a political Party that has conquered our proletarian class independence, backed by the force of the worker masses.
It is only in this future – not yet discernible, and only inevitable if we handle the present correctly – that we will be able to light the sky and drive out both the plague and the Plague God – both deadly viruses and the imperialist bourgeoisie that exceeds them in its virulence – and bid farewell to them both.”
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Mao’s poem “Farewell to the Plague God,” in his own handwriting, published in Renmin Ribao (People’s Daily), 1958.
“The people waved their silvery iron hoes and their solid arms to build water conservancy and renovate mountains and rivers, shaking the earth. / Ask the Plague God, where are you going? People burn paper money, light candles, and light the sky to send the Plague God away.”
— from Mao Tse-tung, “Farewell to the Plague God,” 1958, a poem he wrote after learning that schistosomiasis had been wiped out in Yukiang County, Kiangsi.
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“The Maoist conception of correct political ideas is that principles, line, and program have their foundation, more or less mediated, in ideas produced in mass rebellions, rather than in ideas generated by the daily struggle.”
Members of the Tachai Party branch committee study together with commune members.
This statement by the Maoist Communist Group was published and posted on the walls of the occupied New School cafeteria during the May 2018 worker’s struggle. This piece was written to clarify our positions regarding various false ideas that circulated during the occupation, which were amplified by the publication of a dishonest opinion piece in the New School Free Press. We welcomed response posters by other organizations and individuals. We believe that in order to advance the struggle to victory we must engage in great debates and an open exchange of ideas.
Our view is that only through democratic ideological struggle can we reinforce the camp of the people against the class enemy. This is what communists have meant, beginning with Marx, by the dictatorship of the proletariat, the transitional state between class society and communism, a society without classes or a state. The dictatorship of the proletariat is not a dictatorship over the proletariat and the people, but the widest democracy for the proletariat and the people, and dictatorship over the class enemies who want to restore the old system. And this is precisely how we thought that the cafeteria worker’s struggle should be conducted. For only a vigorous democracy for the popular forces of students, workers, and outside supporters allowed the camp of struggle to dictate the workers’ demands to the enemy, to impose a victorious resolution on the university administration and its allies.
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