Let’s look back to the Cultural Revolution—when Mao Zedung’s thought was in full political force in China. Here are pure examples of Maoism from the 1966 Chinese Communist People’s Daily.[i]
“For the past several years a dark wind-anti-Party, anti-socialism, and anti-Mao Tse Tung’s thought has been raised by class enemies . . . loudly championing the decadent way of life of the exploiting classes, making a big to-do out of women’s coiffures with their shameless ‘long hair becomes a woman’ . . . This wind has even reached our own hairdressing enterprise . . . Chairman Mao sounded the warning note at the Party’s 8th All China Conference: ‘We must never forget class struggle!’ I studied Chairman Mao’s teachings on classes and class struggle very conscientiously, and it opened my eyes to the fact that the bourgeoisie was using weird hairdos to wrest the masses and the younger generation from us. This was their mad attack on us proletariat—class struggle with coexisting hair styles. Frantically doing the weird styles, and thus advertising the bourgeois way of life, our service industry was becoming a tool in the ‘service’ of reviving capitalism! Being a Party member and the leader of the shop, I certainly could not allow anything bourgeois to get out of hand. I got the hairdressers to study together the works of Chairman Mao, strengthen their conception of class struggle, and stand together against doing weird hairdos . . . We designed 10 new simple natural dignified styles which were welcomed by the masses.”
In one paragraph we learn the heart of Chairman Mao’s Marxist message: The great enemy is the bourgeoisie—those who manage businesses or obtain income from owning property. It is their “mad attack” on the proletariat—those who earn a living by labor—that must be struggled against by the proletariat. It is only class struggle that will permit unfettered implementation of Chairman Mao’s teachings. Reviving capitalism is unthinkable! In this case the battlefield is over women’s coiffures, but it exists everywhere. Only by following Chairman Mao and strengthening the concept of class struggle could oppression by the bourgeoisie be overcome.
In China, “Enemies” of the Cultural Revolution, in order to save their very lives,[ii] had to “confess” their sins against Maoist/Marxist ideology in hopes of proving they were reformed and sided with the proletariat. We see echoes of this in Warren Buffet’s frequent confessions that it is wrong for him to pay a lower tax rate (although astronomically more taxes) than his secretary. By confessing that he is out of line with progressive dogma he gets acceptance from the Left—despite the fact that he is the quintessential capitalist-bourgeoisie.
Among the many enemies of Maoism was the Family.
“Thereafter I had a baby and no longer took part in social labor. The child was fat, bringing much joy to the family, and my husband’s income was sufficient to support us. Hence, I should be happy. However, gradually, I felt troubled in my thinking. I saw my comrades around me working and laboring, all busily adding bricks and tiles to the socialist mansion, while I was swamped with the child and household affairs . . . [she goes to work on a farm] . . . if one relies on one’s husband, no matter how good the material life is, the spiritual life is empty and meaningless.”
Now that is an impressive confession! Only by leaving home and working to achieve the Party’s goals could this young mother avoid an empty and meaningless life.
“How do we understand our families? First, we must admit the common truth that all landlords and rich peasants exploit and oppress. Otherwise, they could not have become landlords or rich peasants . . . In order to know your family and draw a clear line from it, first, you must understand and admit that your family does exploit, has sinned and should be fought against . . . boldly disclose your parents’ unlawful talk and behavior. . . .”
That is the heart of Maoism/Marxism: Anyone who is rich (the capitalist/bourgeoisie) must have exploited and oppressed. Otherwise they couldn’t have gotten wealthy. There is no other way to become wealthy than by exploitation. Turn your parents in to be attacked as enemies. If you are wealthy, you are the enemy.
This Maoist/Marxist tenet is the opposite of a free market where people provide desirable goods and services which others willingly pay for thus creating a profit, and ultimately wealth, for the providers. The more successful you are at pleasing buyers, the more income you will get. The free market is a sensationally successful system. Who would have thought that after the abysmal failure of Marxism worldwide—even in its former bastions of Communist Russia and Maoist China—that it would become the foundational economic principle for the re-election campaign of a U.S. President? Certainly the President and his fellow ideologues do not advocate the violent overthrow of the government nor the devastating evils practiced by Communist governments elsewhere. But when you hear the statement that it not “fair” for anyone to have more wealth than others, that being rich only comes through exploitation, you might ask: “Am I listening to a Marxist—who, ultimately, is anti-family,[iii] anti-religion,[iv] and anti-free market?”
[i] People’s Daily, August 14, 1966
[ii] See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Revolution: “Millions of people in China were violently persecuted during the Cultural Revolution. Those . . . coming from a suspect class (including those related to former landlords or rich peasants) were subject to beating, imprisonment, rape, torture, sustained and systematic harassment and abuse, seizure of property, denial of medical attention, and erasure of social identity. At least hundreds of thousands of people were murdered, starved, or worked to death.”
[iii] Id. “Slogans such as ‘Parents may love me, but not as much as Chairman Mao’ were common.”
[iv] Id. “Marxist-Leninist ideology was opposed to religion, and people were told to become atheists from the early days of Communist rule. During the Destruction of Four Olds campaign, religious affairs of all types were discouraged by Red Guards, and practitioners persecuted. Temples, churches, mosques, monasteries, and cemeteries were closed down and sometimes converted to other uses, looted, and destroyed.”