There have been many reports from the state-media in China that the next man to become the phoney-Communist party leader and national president, the current vice-president Xi Jinping, will make a return to Maoist thought.
Xi Jinping is set to replace Hu Jintao as the fake party leader and president in September 2012. His pledge is to fight the massive corruption in China by advocating a return to “Mao Tse-tung thought”.
Many in Asian are a confused about what seems to be a sudden move towards Maoism after decades of capitalist restoration. As well they should be, after all Maoist thought goes directly against exploitative and greed ridden nature of capitalism. With capitalism the norm in China and actively being protected, one must wonder why the capitalist-owned media in China is speaking so highly of a return to Maoist thought.
Some have already come to me asking my opinion on this emerging situation in the former communist country as I am Maoist myself. Well, I’m sorry to disappoint any hopeful people out there, but I’m absolutely certain that this is a complete fraud. There will be no restoration of Maoist thought or Maoism in China at all.
Xi Jinping was visiting Chongqing recently, he praised Bo Xilai for his work on “singing red songs, studying the Maoist canon, telling Mao-era stories, and passing along Mao’s dicta. These activities have gone deeply into the hearts of the people and are worthy of praise,” Xi said.
Since mid-2008, Bo’s officials have organized 128,000 “Red-song” shows and 28,000 public recitations of Mao’s writings. About 130 million cellphone and computer text messages containing Mao’s thoughts and mottoes have been sent to school and college students.
I question the motivation behind the support of any such revival of Maoist thought. After all China is a communist country predicated on the ownership of private property. The entire Maoist revolution was predicated on challenging this supposed right. I doubt the bourgeois Chinese government would be threating their illegitimate power and the illegitimate power of the billionaires of China.
In the last few years since the global economic recession brought on by capitalism’s mindless drive towards super-profits without concern for the stability of the future, there has been a dramatic increase of social unrest in China. A few months ago alone there have been hundreds of production facilities going on strike to demand better wages and living conditions.
Places like Foxxconn, where most of the world’s circuit boards are made, have installed nets around the housing units people are forced to live in if they want to work, because of how many suicides have taken place. Clashes with police and riot guards have escalated since mid 2010 from people seriously unhappy with the social polices of the government. In a few provinces entire steel production facilities have gone on strike to oppose privatization because the workers have seen what happens to other workers when it happens. Upwards of three thousand workers in a single facility have locked themselves in a protested.
The social unrest in China is at a near fervour pitch. The state-media reported its “social unrest index” is at 4.7, where as a 5 is considered to be total social unrest and rebellion. This fear of the Chinese public against the ruling and economic elites of the country is highly justified. The social stratification in China is astounding. Where once equality reigned, 10 percent of urban families own 45 percent of total urban wealth. A concentration of economic power greater than that of most US cities.
Housing has also been a huge sore spot for class divisions. Millions who live in cities are unable to afford housing at all. Many live in one-room shacks made out of wood or corrugated steel. They often have no bathroom and one communal sink if it even works. These living conditions are placed within blocks of upscale shopping malls and luxury car dealerships.
Maoist thought and philosophy is the policy of class struggle. Maoism is the struggle of the lower classes against the business elite of urban areas and the landlords of the countryside. I do not for a second believe that the government elites in China actually be challenging their own power. There is a very sinister motive behind this so-called revival of Maoist principles. The plain old foundation of fascism, nationalism.
This so called revival in my opinion is nothing more than an attempt to whip up nationalism around the most important historical figure of the country. The people in China are near a breaking point with their leaders and this new man Xi Jinping who’s coming into power will be invoking the power of Mao’s memory to unite the exploited class to the exploiter class. This is no different than what is done in the United States or Canada or the UK. As capitalism pounds the working class into greater and greater poverty, they increase their reminder to us that we live in the best country in the world.
“This is America, it is the best country in the world. No matter what you complain about, no matter what you legitimate grievance is; you could always be living somewhere else where it is much worse, so shut up.”
We have all heard this mentality before. Its the rallying cry of the ruling class telling us to stop challenging their illegitimate authority over us. This is their rallying cry to get us to go to war. This is their rallying cry to get us to sit down and shut up and accept the lies and exploitation that is shoved down our throats. It is nothing more than a control mechanism. This new invocation of Mao Tse-tung is no different.
The impending promotion of Xi Jinping seems to me like an Obama election type move. If there is one thing Xi is pushing, it is combating corruption promising to change things. This is same populist rhetoric used by Obama during the election. All the promises appealing to what the people really want, but once elected will refuse to do so.
The “Yes We Can” mantra will begin in China the closer Xi Jinping comes to taking power from Hu Jintao. I can tell you with even more certainty now than during the US elections: nothing is going to change.
The call of a return to Maoism would defeat the entire premise of modern day capitalist China. Mao advocated to do things for the people with the people in mind. This is a complete anti-thesis of the way things are done in China now. Doing this for the people and not yourself goes against capitalism. Are we to believe that Xi Jinping is calling for the wealthy elite to be over thrown and the means of production seized from them?
Of course not, no one in the Chinese government who challenged personal wealth and advocated a return to socialism would last at all, let alone become the president. We are all familiar with what happened to those who protested against the government for a return to socialism in Tienanmen Square. Students gathered and sang L’Internaional demanding a return to Maoism.
No, this is not an imminent return to Marxism-Leninism-Maoism in China. This is a ploy to trick the Chinese people into obeying their illegitimate leaders by playing to a form of nationalism. Much in the same way George W. Bush told the Christian right that he was told by God to be president. I believe that the Chinese people are not stupid, and know when they are being controlled and lied to. That is why there is so much social unrest now.
The only good thing that may come out of this, is that the possible renewed interest in Mao’s writings will inspire the people to throw off the shackles of capitalist oppression once again.
People’s Daily Online