Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Mao, Zedong (2006-03-01), Quotations Friom Chairman Mao Tsetung, Synergy International of the Americas, Retrieved on 2014-01-02
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    02 JAN 2014

     Policy Must be Tested

    Policy is the starting-point of all the practical actions of a revolutionary party and manifests itself in the process and the end-result of that party's actions. A revolutionary party is carrying out a policy whenever it takes any action. If it is not carrying out a correct policy, it is carrying out a wrong policy; if it is not carrying out a given policy consciously, it is doing so blindly. What we call experience is the process and the end-result of carrying out a policy. Only through the...
    Folksonomies: governance public policy
    Folksonomies: governance public policy
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    Only when a policy is carried out by the people, who understand it, is it tested and found to be correct or wrongheaded.

    02 JAN 2014

     Historical Materialism VS Historical Idealism

    Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history, such is tlhe history of civilization for thousands of years. To interpret history from this viewpoint is historical materialism; standing in opposition to this viewpoint is historical idealism. "Cast Away Illusions, Prepare for Struggle" (August 14, 1949), Selected Works, Vol. IV, p. 428.
    Folksonomies: history idealism
    Folksonomies: history idealism
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    If we accept history as rules that guide the future, we give up possibilities for better futures.

    02 JAN 2014

     Democracy in Socialism

    The people's democratic dictatorship uses two methods. Towards the enemy, it uses the method of dictatorship, that is, for as long a period of time as is necessary it does not let them take part in political activities and compels them to obey the law of the People's Government and to engage in labour and, through labour, transform themselves into new men. Towards the people, on the contrary, it uses the method not of compulsion but of democracy, that is, it must necessarily let them take par...
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    An important point to remember that one is a form of governance and the other is an economic model; therefore, the two are not in opposition.

    02 JAN 2014

     Resolving Contradictions in Society

    In the conditions prevailing in China today, the contradictions among the people comprise the contradictions within the working class, the contradictions within the peasantry, the contradictions within the intelligentsia, the contradictions between the working class and the peasantry, the contradictions between the workers and peasants on the one hand and the intellectuals on the other, the contradictions between the working class and other sections of the working people on the one hand and t...
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    The term "contradictions" here describes social conflicts, conflicts of interest.

    02 JAN 2014

     The Power of the Masses

    The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. "On Coalition Government" (April 24, 1945), Selected Works, Vol. III, p. 257.* The masses are the real heroes, while we ourselves are often childish and ignorant, and without this understanding it is impossible to acquire even the most rudimentary knowledge. "Preface and Postscript to Rural Surveys" (March and April 1941), Selected Works, Vol. III, p. 12.* The masses have boundless creative power. T...
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    Mao on the power and heroism of the collective.

    02 JAN 2014

     Anyone Should be Allowed to Speak

    Anyone should be allowed to speak out, whoever he may be, so long as he is not a hostile element and does not make malicious attacks, and it does not matter if he says something wrong. Leaders at all levels have the duty to listen to others. Two principles must be observed: (1) Say all you know and say it without reserve; (2) Don't blame the speaker but take his words as a warning. Unless the principle of "Don't blame the speaker" is observed genuinely and not falsely, the result will not be ...
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    Freely and with passion without fear of retribution.

    02 JAN 2014

     Ultra-Democracy

    Education in democracy must be carried on within the Party so that members can understand the meaning of democratic life, the meaning of the relationship between democracy and centralism, and the way in which democratic centralism should be put into practice. Only in this way can we really extend democracy within the Party and at the same time avoid ultra-democracy and the laissez-faire which destroys discipline. "The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War" (October 1938), ...
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    An interesting concept from the perspective of Mao's socialism, a democracy that goes too far and becomes corrupt under its own (greed?).

    02 JAN 2014

     Patriotism VS Nationalism

    Can a Communist, who is an internationalist, at the same time be a patriot? We hold that he not only can be but must be. The specific content of patriotism is determined by historical conditions. There is the "patriotism" of the Japanese aggressors and of Hitler, and there is our patriotism. Communists must resolutely oppose the "patriotism" of the Japanese aggressors and of Hitler. The Communists of Japan and Germany are defeatists with regard to the wars being waged by their countries. To b...
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    Mao appears to be arguing for balance and for the rejection of certain kinds of patriotism that hurt the homeland, as what he sees in Germany and Japan of the time.

    02 JAN 2014

     China Must Reject "Great Power Chauvinism"

    Things develop ceaselessly. It is only forty-five years since the Revolution of 19II, but the face of China has completely changed. In another forty-five years, that is, in the year 2001, or the beginning of the 21st century, China will have undergone an even greater change. She will have become a powerful socialist industrial country. And that is as it should be. China is a land with an area of 9,600,000 square kilometres and a population of 600 million people, and she ought to have made a g...
    Folksonomies: communism government power
    Folksonomies: communism government power
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    Cautionary words from Mao.

    02 JAN 2014

     Imperialism and Feudalism are Mountains Weighing Down the...

    There is an ancient Chinese fable called "The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains". It tells of an old man who lived in northern China long, long ago and was known as the Foolish Old Man of North Mountain. His house faced south and beyond his doorway stood the two great peaks, Taihang and Wangwu, obstructing the way. With great determination, he led his sons in digging up these mountains hoe in hand. Another greybeard, known as the Wise Old Man, saw them and said derisively, "How silly ...
    Folksonomies: government revolution
    Folksonomies: government revolution
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    The Chinese overthrew kings just as Americans and Europeans did.

    02 JAN 2014

     Knowledge Requires Interaction with the Material World

    Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? No. Are they innate in the mind? No. They come from social practice, and from it alone; they come from three kinds of social practice, the struggle for production, the class struggle and scientific experiment. Where Do Correct Ideas Come from? (May 1963), 1st pocket ed., p. 1. It is man's social being that determines his thinking. Once the correct ideas characteristic of the advanced class are grasped by the masses, these ideas...
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    We have no other way of knowing things.

    02 JAN 2014

     Failure as a Prerequisite to Success

    If a man wants to succeed in his work, that is, to achieve the anticipated results, he must bring his ideas into correspondence with the laws of the objective external world; if they do not correspond, he will fail in his practice. After he fails, he draws his lessons, corrects his ideas to make them correspond to the laws of the external world, and can thus turn failure into success; this is what is meant by "failure is the mother of success" and "a fall into the pit, a gain in your wit". "...
    Folksonomies: practice failure success
    Folksonomies: practice failure success
      1  notes

    Also experience is a product of failure.

    02 JAN 2014

     Idealism and Metaphysics are Easy

    Idealism and metaphysics are the easiest things in the world, because people can talk as much nonsense as they like without basing it on objective reality or having it tested against reality. Materialism and dialectics, on the other hand, need effort. They must be based on and tested by objective reality. Unless one makes the effort one is liable to slip into idealism and metaphysics. Introductory note to "Material on the Hu Feng Counter-Revolutionary Clique" (May 1955).
    Folksonomies: pseudoscience metaphysics
    Folksonomies: pseudoscience metaphysics
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    Because they require no alignment with reality before speaking of them.

    02 JAN 2014

     Human History is One of Neccessity VS Freedom

    The history of mankind is one of continuous development from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom. This process is never-ending. In any society in which classes exist class struggle will never end. In classless society the struggle between the new and the old and between truth and falsehood will never end. In the fields of the struggle for production and scientific experiment, mankind makes constant progress and nature undergoes constant change, they never remain at the same level. ...
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    And science is the tool that brings us increasing freedom.

    02 JAN 2014

     "No investigation no right to speak"

    Everyone engaged in practical work must investigate conditions at the lower levels. Such investigation is especially necessary for those who know theory but do not know the actual conditions, for otherwise they will not be able to link theory with practice. Although my assertion, "No investigation no right to speak", has been ridiculed as "narrow empiricism", to this day I do not regret having made it; far from regretting it, I still insist that without investigation there cannot possibly be ...
    Folksonomies: empiricism
    Folksonomies: empiricism
      1  notes

    People who speak without first gaining understanding are not providing anything constructive.

    02 JAN 2014

     Everyone Can be Arrogant

    Many things may become baggage, may become encumbrances if we cling to them blindly and uncriticaliy. Let us take some illustrations. Having made mistakes, you may feel that, come what may, you are saddled with them and so become dispirited; if you have not made mistakes, you may feel that you are free from error and so become conceited. Lack of achievement in work may breed pessimism and depression, while achievement may breed pride and arrogance. A comrade with a short record of struggle ma...
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    All people have some specialization that allows them to look down on others.

    02 JAN 2014

     Marxism-Leninism as a "spiritual atom bomb"

    In our great motherland, a new era is emerging in which the workers, peasants and soldiers are grasping Marxism-Leninism, Mao Tse-tung's thought. Once Mao Tse-tung's thought is grasped by the broad masses, it becomes an inexhaustible source of strength and a spiritual atom bomb of infinite power. The large-scale publication of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung is a vital measure for enabling the broad masses to grasp Mao Tse-tung's thought and for promoting the revolutionization of our p...
    Folksonomies: meme memetics todo propaganda
    Folksonomies: meme memetics todo propaganda
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    Included here for it's interesting phrasing, recognizing the power of ideas and spreading them.

    Additional Note: Although many memes are included from this book, left out are many objectionable memes about propaganda and waging war. Need a way to leave commentaries on references.