[Marxism] Maoist influence on the French left

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Sat Aug 14 07:43:22 MDT 2010

On Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:05:03 -0400 Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> writes:
> The Chinese revolution's influence on French thinking
> The Wind from the East examines the effect on the Chinese Cultural 
> Revolution on French political and philosophical discourse, writes 
> Scott 
> McLemee
> The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural 
> Revolution, 
> and the Legacy of the 1960s
> Richard Wolin
> Princeton University Press
> Dh129


>For several years, 
> the 
> seminal journal Cahiers du Cinéma turned itself into a Maoist 
> collective, running film clubs as part of its ideological struggle 
> against Hollywood. This would seem to merit at least a mention, but 
> there is none. Jean-Luc Godard is present solely for La chinoise 
> (1967), 
> his satirical film about a Maoist collective holed up in a bourgeois 
> apartment in Paris. None of the work he directed following his own 
> surrender to Mao Thought is discussed at all.
> These omissions may not be deliberate, but they are more than 
> oversights. They do not quite fit the story told in The Wind from 
> the 
> East – one in which the Maoists, pursuing an extremist course to 
> destroy 
> bourgeois society, actually improved it a bit, in spite of 
> themselves.

Damned revisionists!  They need to be denounced.

Jim Farmelant
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