WHAT DOES BLACK LIVES MATTER HAVE TO DO WITH MAO ZEDONG?
Updated: Jan 12
The following is from the communist primer found in each of the Legacy of Karl Marx series of books. Don't be fooled! Black Lives Matter is a communist organization, though and through.
Mao came from a successful farming family from the Shaoshan valley in Hunan Province. His birthday was on December 26, 1893.
Mao grew up as a brat spoiled by his mother. Peasant farm work was just not for Mao, putting up a wall between him and his dedicated and toiling father. His father had worked his way up from just farming to also dealing in grain.
Mao threatened suicide if he would be forced to work in the fields like everyone else in the area. Mao pleaded for going away to school. His father likely was glad to see him go. Mao first moved to a higher primary school close to home, and then, In 1911, the man who would become the world’s biggest mass murderer, the man who would become a sociopath who wanted to rule the world, left his father’s farm and stumbled into Changsha, Hunan’s provincial capital. A few weeks later, Mao found himself surrounded by revolution. The Qing dynasty became embroiled in a spat with revolutionaries just as Mao had begun studying dissidents like Sun Yat-Sen. The fighting had already reached Changsha. Military leaders and wars fascinated the young Mao.
Mao enlisted on the side of the revolutionaries, and later he said he learned that political power came from the barrel of a gun.
The end of the revolution less than a year later sent Mao searching around for something else to do. He studied history, and he especially had an affinity for classic Western liberalism. Mao jumped into political organizing, helping to form several student associations, one of which, the New People’s Study Society, would have its members join the Communist Party.
Mao went off to Beijing to attend Peking University and worked in a library and studied Chen Duxiur and Li Dazhao and Chen Duxiur who were destined to be the CCP’s leading figures. Western liberalism was thrown out the window for Marxism-Leninism and the CCP was officially formed in 1921. Mao found himself a wife and joined the Nationalist Party in 1923.
In the summer of 1925, several dozen dissident peasants were shot by foreign police in Shanghai. Mao witnessed the ensuing demonstrations by peasants and that made him realize that the peasants, whom he thought dirty and ignorant, nevertheless had great potential as revolutionaries.
Mao joined his Nationalist Party colleagues in the effort to form peasant-based associations and networks bent on revolution-- classic Marxist community organizing. Mao became the head of the propaganda department for the Nationalist Party and editor of its main periodical.
RUSSIAN INFLUENCE ON MAO
Stalin had worked with the Nationalist Party but initially failed to achieve significant results. Perhaps he even founded the Nationalist Party, because, before, Chiang Kai-shek took over, many of the leaders had been communists. Chiang Kai-Shek wanted independence from Stalin and booted out many communists from positions of authority. The communists had lost and Mao headed up a band of a few hundred peasants, disobeyed attack orders, and ran off into the mountains to fight guerilla-style.
Just as the Nationalist Party had miraculously embraced German and Russian communism and forgot about ancient Chinese autocracy, somehow Mao’s army grew miraculously to be big enough and organized enough to defeat Chiang Kai-shek's army. He simply had to have Stalin’s backing to achieve this. Mao was a renegade but a cunning and successful communist renegade, and that caught Stalin’s eye. Mao was Stalin’s weapon to defeat anti-Communist Chiang Kai-shek. Puppeteer Stalin also had some strings attached to Chiang Kai-shek. Stalin held Chiang Kai-shek’s only son, Chiang Ching-kuo, in Russia, apparently as a hostage. Chiang Kai-shek’s army, 500,000 strong, once had Mao surrounded, but let him do his “long march” right through the ranks like the parting of the Red Sea. Stalin nabbed Chiang Ching-kuo as a political hostage after Chiang Kai-shek tried to expel all Soviet advisors from China.
Mao Zedong might have just as well had “Made in Russia” stamped in red on his forehead. Not only did the world’s biggest mass-murderer take logistics support and money from Russia, but he also latched onto Marxism. Mao sought to quash democracy and religion at the same time he sought to unite the peasants of some ethnic identities and exterminate others to establish a totalitarian state. Let the workers unite to kill their bosses and take their land for Mao was the idea.
Marxism offered the engine behind Mao’s violent revolution and it was backed by rich and powerful communist Russia who had just completed their Bolshevik takeover, Then they eyed on Germany and China. The Bolshevik Revolution had been empowered by the trillionaire Rothschild family, partly to get Standard Oil into Russia, and partly because they had refused them a Federal Reserve. Russia had money and showed itself willing to back, including with weapons, a sadistic sociopathic murderer in exchange for geopolitical gain in China.
Soviet archives revealed regular disbursements to the CCP from Russia. According to Chang and Halliday, in Mao: The Unknown Story, receipts were dated from the 1930s on for a total of US$300,000, which is worth about $4 million in today’s currency. The receipts were signed and sealed by one “Mao Zedong.”
Without this overwhelmingly generous and regular support from his Soviet comrades, Mao would have peaked in his career as a minor bandit in charge of peasants terrorizing landowners on the outskirts of China. Soon after the end of World War II, Mao was given the entire arsenal of the defeated Japanese Army that had been in Manchuria. With the continuous infusion of Soviet aid, weapons, and logistic support for nearly 20 years, Mao extended his totalitarian terrorist rule to all of China by 1949.
Mao had two main enemies, religion and democracy. Both had to be eradicated for Mao to fulfill his plans to conquer the world for himself.
Because border regions like Xinjiang and Tibet had minority populations that were majority populations in their homeland, Mao had to deny them the right to vote and then the right to worship, and then the right, sadly, for many to live at all.
Democracy spread and adapted to the times' power with representatives chosen by the people. Mao wanted power in his hands and his hands only. Democracy weakened a totalitarian ruler, as it strengthened rule by the people. Mao wanted subjugated masses, not ruling masses. Mao wanted to rule by Mao’s morality, Mao’s whims, and Mao’s agenda. As with any sociopath, he cared not about other people. Some historians claim Mao was a sadist, others say he promoted torture solely because of a lust for power. In either case, Mao seemed to enjoy having many tortured and killed, but didn’t like to get his hands dirty from it. He enjoyed just watching. He was once bragged of burying 460,000 Confucians alive whereas his predecessor had only buried 460 alive. Most agree Mao was a serial sexual predator and had his subordinates supply him with continuous young concubines.
Marxist-Leninism handed Mao a license to protect his power that was a monopoly headed up by an elite who were ensconced in an impressive bed made of education and aristocracy. China’s history of autocracy meshed well with the Marxist-Leninist view of society and its relation to state--one of subjugation. Overshadowing the whimsical musings of Confucianism, callous indoctrination became much more straightforward with the systems of the German and Russian communists. It was regimented brainwashing to control all aspects of society and lives.
Hegemony arose naturally from Marxism-Leninism and demanded a march for China to conquer its neighbor’s territories.
China had too many ethnic minorities to count, and communism was a way to trick their peasants into a broad unification, revolution, and then a surprise crescendo of cries of pain in their demise.
Mao’s Marxist-Leninism policies and decisions brought about the death of over 70 million, including the largest man-made famine in world history. Peasant farmers were stripped of all property rights, were forced to work longer and harder in the fields, and they were not allowed to eat the food they had produced. The state needed the food for soldiers and to sell to Russia for arms. Mao had no remorse, it was a good lesson for the people to learn sacrifice for the state.
As Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party for 41 years, starting in 1935 and ending with his death in 1976, Mao became history's greatest mass murderer, Mao often focused on ethnic groups and their countries or territories, killing off Mongolians, Manchus, Koreans, Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Hmong.
NEW COMMUNIST MOVEMENT
In the later part of the 1960s and early part of the 1970s, Mao’s China built upon Marxism-Leninism served to financially back or inspire the New Communist movement. This movement entailed hundreds of worldwide organizations. Some of the larger organizations in the United States included the Communist Labor Party, the League of Revolutionary Struggle, the Puerto Rican Revolutionary Worker Organization, the October League, the Revolutionary Union, and the Black Workers Congress.
The Black power and supremacist movement absorbed new processes of radicalization adapted from China. Recall that it was during this period that Black Panthers Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton traveled to North Korea and China, respectively. They took on Chinese advisors and tactics.
Two of the organizations from the New Communist Movement, the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters and the Proletarian Unity League, merged in 1985 to form the Marxist-Leninist Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) which focused on Black supremacy and activism, the labor movement, LGBTQ movements, student movements, and anti-intervention movements.