Bokpresentation: “Maoism marches on: the revolutionary idea that still shapes the world”

I våras släppte Julia Lovell boken “Maoism: A Global History”. The Guardian publicerade en presentation av boken som hon själv (av allt att döma) har skrivit (1).

Julia Lovell

Presentationen av boken tycks vara ett koncentrat av missförstånd, lögner och intressanta iaktagelser av olika maoistiska och maoinfluerade rörelser. Ett av de mindre smarta påståenden som återkommer i artikeln är att dagens KKP, som står för en rakt motsatt linje till den som Mao stod för, ändå på något sätt uttrycker maoismens inflytande i världen idag.

“Especially since the communist collapse in Europe and the USSR, western governments have imagined that Maoism was a historical and political phenomenon long past its sell-by date; that there was no need to engage seriously with it, because it had been left in the dust by the supposed death of ideology in 1989. A fresh look at the cold war and global politics today tells a very different story: of Maoism as one of the most significant and complicated forces of contemporary history.”

“The story of Maoism’s travels takes in the tea plantations of north India, the sierras of the Andes, Paris’s 5th arrondissement, the fields of Tanzania, rice paddies in Cambodia and terraces in Brixton. A potent mix of party-building discipline, anti-colonial rebellion and “continuous revolution” grafted on to the secular religion of Soviet Marxism, Maoism not only unlocks the contemporary history of China, but is also a pivotal influence on global insubordination and intolerance across the last 80 years. ….

And large, unstable parts of the Mao cult continue to flourish beyond party control. After the CCP dismantled urban welfare and job security in the late 1990s, laid-off workers marched in protest, brandishing portraits of Mao, whom they acclaimed as the patron saint of workers’ rights. Neo-Maoists in China angry at the inequalities generated by the market and globalisation quote Mao’s Cultural Revolution incitement to rebel against the state. The CCP has done its best to co-opt, silence and suppress such dissenting tendencies. The latest eruption to trouble the government has been student “Marxist societies” founded in China’s top universities. In 2018 – to the chant of “Long Live Chairman Mao” – their members helped organise workers’ protests against corporate exploitation; plain-clothes police quickly “disappeared” them.

Idealistic young students and hard-headed party apparatchiks in China; power-hungry dreamers and dispossessed insurgents in the developing world; anti-establishment rebels in Paris, Berkeley, Pisa, Delhi – all have felt the unsettling, border-crossing impact of Maoism. We need to bring Mao and his ideas out of the shadows, and recast Maoism as one of the major stories of the 20th and 21st centuries.”

(1) Här nedan finns recension av boken.

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