MIM &/or PCP (was ludic Leninism)

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMdojo.tao.ca
Thu Dec 2 15:45:16 MST 1999

>      Lastly a few books to recommend. 1) on Peru and El Salvador,
> "Revolutionary Movements in Latin America : El Salvador's FMLN &
> Shining Path," by Cynthia McClintock.
> 2)  Shining and Other Paths : War and Society in Peru, 1980-1995
> America Otherwise)
> by Steve J. Stern (Editor)
> Table of Contents
> About the Series
> Preface and Acknowledgments
> Introduction Beyond Enigma: An Agenda for Interpreting Shining Path
> Peru, 1980-1995
> By Steve J. Stern
> Pt. I. Within and Against History: Conceptualizing Roots
> 1. From Race to Class: Insurgent Intellectuals de provincia in Peru,
> 1910-1970
> By Marisol de la Cadena
> 2. On Poor Relations and the Nouveau Riche: Shining Path and the
> Peruvian Left
> By Ivan Hinojosa
> 3. Chronicle of a Path Foretold? Velasco's Revolution, Vanguardia
> Revolucionaria, and "Shining Omens" in the Indigenous Communities of
> Andahuaylas
> By Florencia E. Mallon
> Pt. II. The Conquest that Failed: The War for the Center-South
> 4. Harvesting Storms: Peasant Rondas and the Defeat of Sendero
Luminoso in
> Ayacucho
> By Carlos Ivan Degregori
> 5. Family, Culture, and "Revolution": Everyday Life with Sendero
> By Ponciano del Pino H.
> 6. The War for the Central Sierra
> By Nelson Manrique
> 7. Villagers at Arms: War and Counterrevolution in the Central-South
> By Orin Starn
> Pt. III. Obliterating Third Paths: The Battles of Lima and Puno
> 8. Shining Path and the "Decisive Battle" in Lima's Barriadas: The
Case of
> Villa El Salvador
> By Jo-Marie Burt
> 9. Apogee and Crisis of a "Third Path": Mariateguismo, "People's
War," and
> Counterinsurgency in Puno, 1987-1994
> By Jose Luis Renique
> Pt. IV. Women as Citizen-Subjects: Exploring the Gendered War
> 10. Women in War: Impact and Responses
> By Isabel Coral Cordero
> Pt. V. Political Rule, Political Culture: The Ironic Legacies of War
> 11. Civil-Military Relations in Peru, 1980-1996: How to Control and
> the Military (and the consequences of doing so)
> By Enrique Obando
> 12. Alberto Fujimori: "The Man Peru Needed?"
> By Patricia Oliart
> 13. Sendero Luminoso and Human Rights: A Perverse Logic that Captured
> Country
> By Carlos Basombrio Iglesias
> 14. Human Rights and Social Referents: The Construction of New
> By Hortensia Munoz
> Conclusion Shining and Other Paths: The Origins, Dynamics, and
Legacies of
> War, 1980-1995
> By Steve J. Stern
> 3) Guerrillas and Revolution in Latin America : A Comparative Study of
> Insurgents and Regimes Since 1956
> by Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley
>    The San Francisco Public Library has the first and the third
works. They
> are both in the 500 pg.+ range but I'll try to give them both a good
> Have given an initial skim and they seem solid, though doubtless both
> products of "bourgeois academics". Well wouldn't be the first time
that any
> of us read the productions of such. Check 'em out.
>                                   Michael Pugliese
Never been afraid of bourgeois publications. At any rate, sorry for the
lateness of my reply, Michael. Been trappen inside my Seattle head.
No, I don't know all these titles, I've skimmed over a couple at the
library here. My main source for bourgeois analysis has been
Senderologist fink Simon Strong. His main work simply titled "Shining
Path" starts off with a story of finding a dead dog from a lamppost,
with "Deng Xiao ping= son of a bitch" written on it. I love dogs, but
on this, the PCP and I concur in sentiment.

On a serious note, Strong is noted for the ferocity with which he
denounces the PCP. He isn't lucid, but he is thorough. Four things he
notes are very significant, forgive me I can only paraphrase:

1. By appealing to poverty and the hopelessness of piecemeal change
(the PCP was primarily the only party in Peru in 80-81 that called Peru
semi-feudal, rather than outright capitalist-MS), they were a threat to
maintain their mass appeal.
2. They should not be regarded as isolated terrorists, they are
military, and have huge sectors of the peasants and other agrarian
workers giving support.
3. Any comparisons between the PCP and Pol Potists is not founded, and
obscures the real PCP.
4. The PCP, at different times, controlled over 85% of the land in Peru
through the eighties. (in my view, this would be impossible without
mass backing, since Strong, the CIA and others admit there were no
outside supporters/monetary sources for the Maoist insurgents.

That's about all I can put together on the matter.

ps- Whether one is Maoist or not, or Trot, etc... When they fight the
state FOR socialism, it is our duty to solidarise.

Macdonald Stainsby

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