By Raymond Lotta
From the preface:
" The scathing feedback and slanders opposed to the 4 are thinly veiledattacks on Mao Tsetung and Mao Tsetung proposal. actually, this wasnot a "gang of four," it used to be a "gang of 5" simply because those revolutionaries have been heavily allied with Mao and he had put his self belief inthem. And, really, it wasn't a "gang" at all-it used to be the middle of therevolutionary headquarters in the chinese language Communist Party.Today exhortations for order, hard work self-discipline and every little thing foreconomic improvement have changed Mao's simple line of constant therevolution and his name to "grasp revolution, advertise production." TheCultural Revolution has, certainly, come to an finish as inscribed by way of thenew rulers of China within the Political file brought by way of Hua Kuo-fengat the llth occasion Congress in 1977-but no longer for the explanations they wouldhave us think. It has ended as the competition which Mao wasfighting to his final breath has pop out on best, having seized keep watch over of the celebration, military and nation organs.How may perhaps anything like this occur? Is it easily the results of the machinations and objectives of some leaders? "
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He was ready to exploit the prestige that was his and play upon the careerism of many Party cadre, along with sentiments for a ,,return to normalcy" that undoubtedly existed among some sections oi the masses as well as a good number of cadres and intellectuals. In a word, he was a condescending savior who epitomized everything the Cultural Revolution was aimed against-which in small measure accounts for the scorn heaped on the Cultural Revolution by the current rulers for whom Chou stands as the archetypal "practical-minded" communist.
The Left insisted that the existence of theform of collective ownership was not enough to ensure the rule of the workers and the advance toward communism. What counted was the actual content of the ownership-whether the workers were really in charge of enterprises and whether a line of narrowing and restricting or one of expanding differences and inequalities was in command. The dictatorship of the proletariat could not stop half-way, either at a certain level of ownership or only in certain sectors.
Teng was riding high, proudly and unabashedly broadcasting revi- sionism. He would bluster that he wasn't afraid to be uttering such counter-revolutionary notions. He called upon others to summon up the courage to "pay attention to production," as though that somehow were a forbidden subject when, in fact, he was hoisting the banner of production above all else-especially revolution" This much must be said about Teng Hsiao-ping: he was as crude in his revisionism as Chou En-lai was refined in his.
And Mao Makes 5: Mao Tsetung’s Last Great Battle by Raymond Lotta