Mao's doctor's book

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Wed Apr 12 12:01:08 MDT 1995


On Wed, 12 Apr 1995, Lisa Rogers wrote:

> Are the contents of Mao's doctor's book factually innacurate?

Louis Proyect:

I'm not sure if they are or aren't. By the same token, I'm not in a
position to evaluate the evidence that Klehr presents against the CP. I'm
merely trying to put these books into a political context. The political
context is, I would argue, anticommunism.

I'm no Maoist, but I believe that Mao still has a reputation of being a
great revolutionary among millions of Chinese and others in the developing
world. The portrait of him in this recent book is calculated to discredit
him and, by implication, the movement he built. It would be wonderful if
we could neatly separate personages like Mao or Castro from the movements that
they led, but unfortunately the masses make no such distinction.
Resistance to the cruelties of "market socialism" in China today just
might take on a Maoist form. Who knows? The younger generation that is
getting kicked in the teeth by factory-bosses might find the ideas of the
Red Book to be seductive.

(For more on all this, I recommend Bob Weil's articles on China in recent
issues of the Monthly Review.)


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