The Relevance of the Western Left

S Chatterjee schatterjee2001 at
Thu Feb 15 10:59:28 MST 2001

--- "Henry C.K. Liu" <hliu at> wrote:

> Chatterjee is totally unprincipled.  He argues for a
> Moaist campaign against revisionism, and then uses
>Hinton's misguided view on the June 4
> incident to condamn Deng.  If Deng were a
> revisionist, he would not have
> put down the June 4 protests and China would have
> gone the way of Russia
> in 1989.


For pointing out the really gross, unprincipled and
bloody behavior of Deng which killed thousands of
unarmed civilians, as stated by Hinton himself (a
great friend of China like you said) who was present
at Tiananmen on June 4, 1989 (he wrote a report called
"Eyewitness at Tiananmen), you direct this adjective
at me. Well, the 'misquided' Hinton has not retracted
his statements, has he?

So Deng, who was accused of being a revisionist and
capitalist roader during the GPCR (you always skip
over this), was now himself suddenly defending
socialism at Tiananmen as you imply above? According
to Hinton (who was there at Tiananmen), the majority
of the people killed belonged to the working class
(the capitalistically inclined student leadership
shown repeatedly by the opportunistic western TV were
a minority faction); they were marching against the
capitalist excesses and corruption of Deng and were
singing the Internationale.

Anyway, let us call a halt to this discussion since it
will not bring enlightenment on any side. You and the
others are of course free to believe and propagate
what you wish to. But one thing. Do not smuggle in
personal attacks made on you by "white people" on
other lists or the alleged perfidy of the western left
vis a vis China in order to take up an injured air of
innocence with which to shore up your political views.
That would not be principled behavior.


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