Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Feb 13 11:59:30 MST 1996
On Tue, 13 Feb 1996, Lisa Rogers wrote:
> Mao joined the Kuomingtang? Temporarily allied with them, I guess
> you mean. Some Chinese peasants claim that they were denounced and
Louis: Stalin, through the Comintern, ordered the CCP to join the
Kuomingtang in 1923. Mao not only supported this policy but attempted to
justify it theoretically. In an article entitle "The Peking Coup d'Etat
and the Merchants," Mao stated, "The present political problem in China
is none other than the problem of the national revolution...The
revolution is the problem of the people as a whole...Nevertheless, the
merchants [bourgeoisie] are the ones who feel these sufferings most
acutely and urgently."
Mao was elected to the Central Committee of the CCP at its Third Congress
in June 1923 and given the post of organizational secretary, but he
concentrated instead on building the KMT. He became secretary of the KMT
propaganda section under Wang Ching-wei, and editor of the magazine
Political Weekly. In these publications, Mao spoke in favor of the "Three
People's Principles" of Sun Yat-Sen.
In March 1926, Chang Kai-shek expelled all the Communists from the KMT,
including Mao, but this was not the end of Mao's adaption to the KMT. He
moved to Hunan and began organizing peasants. In an article written at
that time he called on the KMT to "correct all mistakes regarding the
peasant movement." This is rather like asking Fujimoro to correct all
mistakes regarding the Quechua people.
After leaving Hunan, Mao went to Wuhan, where he joined a land-reform
committee led by the KMT. At no time did he advocate a class-struggle,
revolutionary socialist perspective. He was, for all practical purposes,
There is more to say about Mao and I plan to get it all out on the table
over the next couple of months, piece by horrible piece.
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