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This collection of quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung forms an intriguing series of political ideas – all from one of the world’s most notorious leaders. Chairman Mao was born in 1893, and was the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. He governed the country from its establishment in 1949 until his death. He is, of course, a deeply controversial figure yetThis collection of quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung forms an intriguing series of political ideas – all from one of the world’s most notorious leaders. Chairman Mao was born in 1893, and was the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. He governed the country from its establishment in 1949 until his death. He is, of course, a deeply controversial figure yet a highly important individual in world history. There are as many who celebrate as deplore him; most of the former praising his modernisations and improvements in housing, health care and education, whilst others have labelled him a dictator who has systematically abused human rights and caused the death of millions through starvation, executions and forced labour. This text forms the thoughts of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung on issues as varied as ‘the communist party’, ‘classes and class struggle’, ‘socialism and communism’, ‘women’, ‘the correct handling of contradictions among the people’, ‘war and peace’, ‘the people’s war’, ‘political work’ and the ‘relations between officers and men.’...

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  • Clouds
    2019-03-06 11:31

    [the interesting words are in the comments]Who hasn't heard of Chairman Mao's little red book?But who's actually read it?It's like Che Guevara - a political icon that's been absorbed into pop-culture.This is firmly on my 'read one day and stop being an ignorant ass' list.Either that, or I'm just writing some on-topic drivel so my review won't be deleted by the Goodreads Censor. A little of column A, a little of column B...*makes a see-saw motion with his hands*

  • chris
    2019-03-17 18:16

    While I read this in 9th grade, while I was still an aspiring Marxist-Leninist, I think that 2 years later I can safely discard it. The content consists solely of Mao quoting himself. This book serves no purpose, other than for Bob Avakian and his followers in the Revolutionary Communist Party, who in all probability masturbate to it on a daily basis.

  • Manny
    2019-02-22 18:19

    More or less on impulse, we went on a short trip today to see the Musée Suisse du Jeu in La Tour-de-Peilz. The setting is extraordinarily charming: it's an old castle on the shore of Lake Léman, not far from Montreux. Our excuse for visiting was a simultaneous Go exhibition being given by a German 3 Dan player. I hadn't played for a couple of years, so I asked for a three stone handicap and after many vicissitudes finally managed to win the game. The German guy was a good sport about it, considering that my position had been close to lost at one stage, and we spent a while chatting about Go-related trivia after the game. He had a bunch of interesting anecdotes, the best of which related to the infamous Little Red Book. I already knew that Mao had been a keen Go player in his time. What I hadn't heard was that he apparently used Go metaphors and comparisons quite frequently. The translators had however all decided that a Western audience wasn't going to understand any of that stuff, so they chose to render them as chess terms instead. Since Go and chess are fundamentally different games, and many Go concepts have no chess counterpart, the result is often utterly nonsensical. This seemed almost too good to be true, and I was amazed I'd never heard the story before... but he seemed very sure of his sources, and among other things claimed to speak decent Chinese. Can anyone confirm or deny it?

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-06 15:24

    Chairman Mao was many things to many people, but to me he'll always be boring.

  • Michael Gerald
    2019-03-10 10:31

    To summarize it in one word: CRAP.Only a person with a minutiae of a brain could possibly appreciate this propagandic piece of gibberish and gobbledygook from a man responsible for the deaths of at least forty million Chinese.The author and this work can't be recycled, unfortunately. The pages can be used for toilet paper though.

  • Tom Oman
    2019-03-11 10:35

    The Little Red Book is just a bunch of repetitive drivel.I read this book as an historian, not as someone looking for ideological inspiration. I have always been fascinated with Chinese history and Mao in particular so I thought I would have a read through the infamous book that condensed the thoughts and philosophies of the man who influenced so many.Well sadly it did not turn out to be the intriguing insight into the mind of Mao that I thought it might be. Rather it is just a bunch of repetitive slogans and some pieced together communist dogma. Not much of it even makes sense and frankly some of the "revolutionary ideas" are rather ho-hum. Bad translations not withstanding.What is interesting is imagining the followers of Mao endlessly reading these quotations and indoctrinating themselves into Maoist revolutionaries. Not because of any persuasive ideas, but just because the insistent and monotonous repetition of these same catch phrases and slogans did actually get me into a bit of a trance-like state. A large part of Mao's success was becoming the cult like icon that he was to his followers, and I wonder if this book was not more of a tool for brainwashing than anything. It certainly grinds you into a hypnotic stupor after reading enough of it, and that interesting notion is the most I got out of this book. I now keep it on the bookshelf as a bit of cultural kitsch rather than an actual piece of legitimate reading.

  • Erik Graff
    2019-03-20 10:18

    My exposure to the efficacy of Mao Zedong Thought came about in struggle with imperialist forces here, in Illinois, in 1969.Martin had an older brother who had insinuated himself into the U.S. Armed Forces to such an extent that he had become responsible for elements of their training. Part of that consisted of war games and he invited Martin, George, Ed and I to participate. Seeing this as an opportunity to obtain experience in guerilla warfare tactics, I jumped at the chance.Awakening to a red dawn, we were driven to the base at Joliet, joined by another officer and then driven to our field of operations, a peninsula surrounded on two sides by rivers, on one by a swamp, in the midst of which was a rock quarry filled with equipment. We had the entire day to prepare the ground for a battle to commence at dusk.The preparations consisted on setting up trip wires (batteries, wires & flash bulbs covered with caps), digging tiger traps and stashing weapons and uniforms. We were to meet the imperialist forces attired as Vietnamese peasants.At dusk, after a very simple meal accompanied by the study of the Quotations, we were at the roadhead, squatting round a fire when the enemy appeared in a couple of buses. They were not happy to see us, not having been warned, and roughed us up a bit but were prevented from doing greater harm by their officers. Then they went off towards the quarry and we went off to put on our uniforms and ammo belts.Having a copy of their plan of operations, our tactic was to stay one step ahead at all times, lying in wait, then raising our M1s to shoot them as they stumbled upon one of our cunning traps. Our officers and theirs would photograph the encounter and estimate the casualties.Only one such confrontation occurred. Martin and George's guns jammed and they disappeared. Ed and I got separated. While I was hiding on my belly on a shrub covered hillock between the gravel road and the steep slope of the quarry, one of the U.S. soldiers sat on me, then shot me in the back.Dead, I wandered along the road until I heard noise and saw the reflection of firelight against the tree tops. It was beginning to drizzle. There, ahead, was a depression in the earth surrounded by trees, behind each one of which was a concealed enemy soldier, suspicious of a trap. At the base of the depression was the foundation of what once might have been a home. At one end of it was a rudely fashioned Buddha and in front of it were Martin and George, worshipping. Suddenly, a great cry. Ed tears out of the surrounding wood, gun at ready . . . and we were told it was over and time to go home.

  • Leonardo
    2019-02-20 10:24

    Bueno: leí el libro rojo. Tengo entendido que es el segundo libro de mayor impresión en la historia (después de la Biblia), así que me parecía importante leerlo. Digo, es uno de los libros que más influencia tiene (o ha tenido) en la historia. Obviamente la mayoría de los lectores (o no-lectores, entiendo que tanto la Biblia como el Libro Rojo deben tener bastante bajo ratio "veces leido"/"impresiones") deben ser chinitos. Creo que la influencia de China a nivel mundial va a ser cada vez mayor (aunque gane Macri, eso puede representar un retraso para nosotros pero a China no creo que le afecte demasiado). Ergo, me parecía que estaba bien leer este libro de tanta influencia para esa cultura. Me pareció un libro muy fuerte, algunas expresiones e ideas me quedaron en la cabeza, y creo que ayudan a pensar. No me da tanto la sensación de que el tipo fuera un genio, sino más bien que le construyeron el personaje alrededor, sin embargo para haber conducido a China, y sus millones de chinitos durante tanto tiempo, no debe haber sido un personaje menor.El libro Verde me gustó más, eso seguro. Es raro leer estos libros donde uno tiene que ir haciedno también un ejercicio de comparación entre lo que estas personas propusieron y lo que realmente lograron llevar a cabo. Entiendo que el libro rojo fue escrito (o compilado) para gustar, para convencer, no es una historia de China, ni del Maoismo... es más bien un folleto. En ese sentido, a sabiendas de lo que es actualmente la China (casi-)capitalista, algunas frases sobre el futuro de la revolución suenen casi tristes. Al igual que hice conMi lucha oLa razón de mi vida, lo voy a poner como "must read", creo que estés de acuerdo o no, hay que aprovechar que existe la fuente directa. De nuevo: no creo que haya que leerlo como si fuera la verdad, como si todo lo que dice fuera cierto, o lo que realmente estas personas pensaban, pero son personas muy importantes (en el caso de Eva, solo para Argentina) como para no dedicarle un rato a leer los libros en los que expusieron sus ideas. Creo que recién después, se puede discutir.

  • ★☭ Danny
    2019-03-18 18:26

    What are I guess Mao's "greatest hits" or whatever turn out to be boring as shit. There were only a handful of sections that were even vaguely interesting. The section "On Women" is included in the handful, but it was pretty lame too. From my margin notes, where he says that "China's women are a vast reserve of labour power": "yeah, except that they've already been doing a fuckton of unremunerated domestic labor, dipshit."I tried, Comrade.[edit: I've reevaluated this a lot, in the past several months, as I've had it easily accessible on my shelf to read an occasional passage-- a method of reading that lends itself -far- better to this material than reading straight through. I think I also simply had to get used to the rhetorical style, and I can see a bit more substance than I did before, in between all the boring "rah rah rah CCP fuck yeah" shit. I know I do have a copy of "On Guerrilla Warfare" lying around somewhere as well, so I'm looking forward to actually reading some of Comrade Mao in its original context, and still assume I'll get more out of that. But, on the other hand, I do see the utility of this compilation more now, s'yeah... criticism supra, of the "On Women" section still stands, obvs.].

  • Patricia
    2019-03-15 17:24

    My first thought reading this collection of quotations was that Chairman Mao was very organized. The revolutionary's enemies were categorized as imperialists (warlards, bureaucrats, comprador class, big Landlord class, reactionary section of the intelligentsia), right wing of the middle bourgeoisie. Allies were classed as petty bourgeoisie and semi-proletariat. I guess this was a good trait for someone who needed to organize the masses in revolution.One thing I was also surprised about was Mao's advocacy of equality between the sexes. As early as 1927 he was calling for an end to the domination of men over women and by 1955, equal pay for equal work.If you read this book blindly, it sounds like Mao advocates non-violent freedom of speech and discussion as well as unity between officers and soldiers. Knowing history the atrocities that occurred under Mao, the book is steeped in irony:"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." "First, the principle of unity between officers and men, which means eradicating feudal practices in the army, prohibiting beating and abuse, building up a conscious discipline, and sharing weal and woe — as a result of which the entire army is closely united. Second, the principle of unity between the army and the people, whichmeans maintaining a discipline that forbids the slightest violation of the people’s interests, conducting propaganda among the masses, organizing and arming them, lightening their economic burdens and suppressing the traitors and collaborators who do harm to the army and the people — as a result of which the army is closely united with the people and welcomed everywhere. Third, the principle of disintegrating the enemy troops and giving lenient treatment to prisoners of war."Mao even claims to desire world peace. At least eventually."We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do not want war; but war can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun."But he wasn't afraid of WWIII as it would surely bring about an emergence of socialists, as did World Wars I and II. Nor was he afraid of Weapons of Mass Destruction."The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the U.S. reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn’t."I'm not sure how to rate this one. There is a lot of wisdom contained in this book as well as propaganda, hype and advice that might have been helpful to actually follow. It's definitely worth reading to try and understand one of the most influential and controversial leaders of the 20th century.

  • Stevie
    2019-02-23 12:43

    My understanding and empathy for China's form of communism was deepened.Poignant Quotes:...When human society advances to the point where classes and states are eliminated, there will be no more wars, counter-revolutionary or revolutionary, unjust or just; that will be the era of perpetual peace for mankind.Over a long period we have developed this concept for the struggle against the enemy: strategically we should despise all our enemies, but tactically we should take them all seriously.Place problems on the table, do not talk behind people's back, and nothing is more important than mutual understanding, support and friendshipBe a pupil before you become a teacherGuard against arrogance. For anyone in a leading position, this is a matter of principle and an important condition for maintaning unity. Even those who have made no serious mistakes and have achieved very great success in their work should not be arrogant.Our army has always had two policies. First, we must be ruthless to our enemies, we must overpower and annihilate them. Second, we must be kind to our own, to the people, to our comrades and to our superiors and subordinates, and unite with them.Every comrade must be helped to understand that as long as we rely on the people, believe firmly in the inexhaustible creative power of the masses and hence trust and identify ourselves with them, we can surmount any difficulty, and no enemy can crush us while we can crush any enemy.We should be modest and prudent, guard against arrogance and rashness, and serve the Chinese people heart and soul.All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.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".It is not hard for one to do a bit of good. What is hard is to do good all one's life and never do anything bad, to act consistently in the interests of the broad masses, the young people and the revolution, and to engage in arduous struggle for decades on end. That is the hardest thing of all!Complacency is the enemy of study. We cannot really learn anything until we rid ourselves of complacency. Our attitude towards ourselves should be "to be insatiable in learning" and towards others "to be tireless in teaching".

  • Rafael da Silva
    2019-03-09 12:37

    Uma compilação das melhores frase e discursos do estadista Mao Tse Tung. Essa é uma obra a ser lida por todos que pertencem à esquerda, incluso os que não são comunistas. Com grandes máximas destinadas aos chineses (pertencentes ao Partido ou não), essas citações que tratam de reacionários, contrarrevolucionários, tratamento aos inimigos na guerra, igualdade entre homens e mulheres, jovens e velhos, camponeses e intelectuais, Partidários ou não-Partidários, entre outros assuntos destina-se não só aos chineses, pois aplica-se a todos os povos do mundo que lutam contra a opressão, seja ela de fonte externa ou interna.Um dos grandes livros a ser lidos pelos revolucionários do mundo.

  • Cristiana de Sousa
    2019-02-27 18:41

    Mais uma edição fantástica desta coleção da editora Guerra e Paz! Mais uma vez o trabalho gráfico e o enquadramento histórico-político é fenomenal. Das ditaduras do século XX esta é talvez a que menos sabia sobre. Fiquei bastante impressionada e surpreendida com a brutalidade, que sobretudo um só homem, e um só regime, conseguiu infligir a milhões de seres humanos. Para mim foi extremamente desolador tomar conhecimento da falta de humanismo de Mao, que sem qualquer compaixão deixou morrer milhões cidadãos à fome. Ler relatos de pessoas que para sobreviver tiveram que se alimentar dos seus próprios filhos mortos é indescritível. Sem duvida que é um livro essencial para nos esclarecer sobre a brutalidade que o fanatismo pode atingir. Aconselho a toda a gente esta leitura, sobretudo a amantes de historia.

  • Hank Pin
    2019-02-28 17:24

    The Great Helmsman's words flow like the mighty water of the Yellow River, majestic and calm, bringing nourishment to the Chinese people. The Glorious Teacher, Chairman Mao, has developed the universal truth of Marxist-Leninist thought to a new height, guiding the nation on a new path towards constructing socialism. Chairman Mao, the people yearn for you like the crops yearning for the sun! Anyone who doesn't like the words of the Great Helmsman is a capitalist roader, running dogs of Liu Shaoqi, agents of Soviet revisionism, and American spies.

  • Jason Marciak
    2019-03-20 10:19

    Statements of revolution, communism, how to found a nation and build a worldwide movement are the core of this book. Quotations should be read by any person looking to capture a goal for themselves. There are lessons of direction, how to manage resources and people and how to pass on these lessons from generation to the next. Communism and capitalism intermingle in this book enough for one to see the embittered battle that once had the full audience of the world's attention.

  • John Christy
    2019-02-20 13:20

    Mao updated communism and resolved many of its internal contradictions, particularly after Khrushchev's rise in the USSR which coincided with increasing liberalism and bureaucracy. Required reading for any serious political analyst regardless of ideological bent

  • Andres Sanchez
    2019-03-02 16:17

    Quizás uno de los libros más dañinos en la historia de la humanidad. Convertido en una biblia rápida por los guardias rojos, condensa buena parte de los clichés y frases de la mamertería (maoísta o no). Sorprende que los "teóricos" de la "democracia radical" no lo citen, con la excepción de Slavoj Žižek, para quien Mao y la Revolución Cultural son un modelo ideal para el futuro postcapitalista.

  • Nick
    2019-03-11 15:31

    Hard to review this thing because I read it casually over a long period of time. Some of the quotes expose the insanity and "true believer" nature of Maoism, but not many. In general these seem to be mild bromides which would be good advice to any aspiring political movement which is organized based on cadres, party lines, mass participation, etc. some of them are just good pieces of advice for running organizations in general. And then these are interspersed with anti imperialist statements and suggestions. Overall it seems to be full of basically sound ideas, but ideas which I only see half-applied in the case of actually existing historical Maoism. If these statements were really followed then Maoist China would have been a bastion of free expression and open political debate, and the communist party would be highly self interrogative and corruption free.

  • Karen Margrethe
    2019-03-11 17:15

    Really interesting read.What fascinates me is how Tse-Tung managed to pursuade his father into punishing him less and how he from this experience gained confidence in his own confiction and power.As fascinating a character he might have been, the writings of Tse-Tung is - in my opinion - the perfect example about the difference between words, ideals and deeds. Living out ideals is always complex. I was once told that communism is beautiful on paper but has not been so beautiful in real life, whereas capitalism sounds soulless on paper but in real life give the citizens of a society better possibilities for well-being and socialdemocratic values. This book reminded me of the distinction between the two ideologies / societal structures.It is odd how ideals and deeds can have a hard time out-balancing each other. Animal farm is the perfect depiction about this.

  • Bruce
    2019-02-22 12:37

    Disturbing. This is the supreme illustration of self-righteous Politics without morality. I personally know Chinese persons who were on both sides of the people's revolution, one was a young Red Guard, and the other was a man and wife who were separated and sent to Gansu Province to be re-educated via hard work. Thousands of those being re-educated committed suicide by laying across railroad tracks at night. One only has to travel to the PRC, and I've been there a dozen times, to see that the party members were the first to benefit from the Peoples Revolution, and to this day continue to be treated better than the proletariat.

  • Nocheevo
    2019-03-14 17:38

    Chairman Mao, Chinese leader and one of those pillars of Communist thought that earned an -ism that is the legacy of all successful commies. This isn't much of a political treatise, more a collection of speeches and sound bites on a number of topics from which the overall themes can be gleaned. Some of points are great and concise, some a little rambling but its interesting to contrast his rural based concepts with the Marxist-Leninist model.Its easy enough to dip in and out as required. It makes a great conversation starter with your manager if you leave it sitting on your desk. A couple of million Red guards reccomend it with vigour!

  • Sean O'kane
    2019-03-18 12:37

    A fascinating read this. The title of being one of "the most published books of all time" carrys some baggage these days as it usually means populist trash. Not this. This collection of quotes contains some gems of wisdom, but also some advice that perhaps seemed relevant to the cause at the time but now sound dictatorial. Nevertheless, its historical importance as a glimpse into Chinese history and politics is without parallell. Even if you disagree with reactionary politics, this is a must read for followers of China's place in the world today.

  • Jayden gonzalez
    2019-03-17 15:37

    to investigate a problem is to solve it.

  • Don Gubler
    2019-03-16 17:27

    Reading for understanding.

  • Jesse
    2019-03-14 15:30

    GreatGreat thoughts and perspectives. Opens your mind to ways to think analyze and lead. Essential read to further dialectal materialism.

  • Karen Kao
    2019-02-23 17:28

    Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung is a collection of speeches and statements made by the chairman during his reign of the Chinese Communist Party. Some of these statements date to the early years of communism. Others come from speeches during the war against Japan and the civil war with the Nationalists.The state ordered publication of the little red book just in time for the Cultural Revolution, which rampaged through China from 1966-1976.My copy of the Chairman’s works comes from a flea market in Beijing. The market seemed to cater solely to foreign tourists. It offered a vast array of Mao memorabilia: photographs, buttons and posters galore.My little red book is exactly the right size for slipping into the pocket of a Mao suit. Handy for when you’re off to a political rally.When I was still taking Chinese lessons (attempt #2), our teacher would show us children’s programs from Chinese TV. The idea was to improve our understanding of spoken Chinese. Though, in my case, they mostly led to frustration.One of these films was called Yúgōngyíshān (愚公移山) or Moving Mountains. It recounted a Chinese legend about an old man who wants to shorten his journey from home to his farm by removing the two mountains that stand in his way. It’s an impossible task but the old man is undeterred. He says: it may take my lifetime and the lifetime of all my children and all their children’s children. One day, we will succeed. The next night, two spirits arrive to carry away the mountains on their wings.Chairman Mao used the same legend to illustrate a speech he gave in Yan’an in 1945."Today, two big mountains lie like a dead weight on the Chinese people. One is imperialism, the other is feudalism. The Chinese Communist Party has long made up its mind to dig them up. We must persevere and work unceasingly, and we, too, will touch God’s heart. Our God is none other than the masses of the Chinese people. If they stand up and dig together with us, why can’t these two mountains be cleared away?"My copy of the little red book is so full of typographical errors that some passages are impossible to decipher. My volume ends mid-sentence with the mysterious words:"The Marxist philosophy of dialectical materialism has two outstanding characteristics. One is its class nature; it openly avows that dialectical materialism ..."There are, of course, other sources where you can find a complete and typo-free version of all these quotations., for example, has an on-line searchable version. But history won’t judge Chairman Mao on the literary quality of his words. Rather, we look to the consequences they had. His words, like all propaganda, were purely functional. To destroy and rebuild in his own image.

  • Michael de Percy
    2019-03-12 18:32

    This copy I purchased from the markets on Antique Road, Hong Kong, some time ago. I decided on a cover to cover reading. I soon found that the quality of my copy was not the best, and I had to look up the punchline of the Chinese myth "The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains". As it turns out, Mao used the myth in relation to the two mountains - imperialism and feudalism - that could be chipped away by the generations. My knowledge of China's modern history is limited, and my reading on Mao's influence has been limited to Mao's On Guerrilla Warfare, Sun Shuyun's The Long March, and the "beautiful yet sinister" Chinese Propaganda Posters (published by Taschen in 2015 - I purchased my copy at the Hong Kong Museum of Modern Art bookstore, a favourite haunt). My favourite quote (p. 337) the year 2001, or the beginning of the 21st century, China... will have become a powerful socialist industrial country.I learnt a bit more about Norman Bethune, the Canadian physician who worked with Mao after serving as a doctor during the Spanish Civil War, and discovered interesting viewpoints on "democratic centralism". Mao discusses political theory, education policy, "contradictions" and ways to overcome these, such as that that exists between classes, officers and men, comrades, and in terms of patriotism versus internationalism. Mao's quotes are all after The Long March (the Red Army's retreat in 1934 that left only 1/5 of the Army remaining, but ultimately led to the Red Army's victory and was to become a major pillar of Communist Party propaganda). Following on from The Long March, this collection of quotations is an intense lesson in the modern history of China. Many of the quotes are drawn from the "Selected Works". It is difficult to buy English translations of the less popular works by Mao, and I would like to read more of this in future, as, for all his other not insignificant digressions, he was certainly an important scholar, poet, and political theorist. Like anything that is not of "us", Mao's works have largely been ignored, yet he, and later, Deng Xiaoping, were the driving forces behind the Chinese powerhouse that has emerged in my own lifetime. "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" is something that we should all be studying at this point in history, and this "little red book" is a good place to start.

  • Tim
    2019-02-27 11:36

    Die Bewertung bezieht sich nicht auf den Inhalt oder die Ziele hinter diesem Buch, sondern darauf, ob es sich noch zu lesen lohnt. – Das Rote Buch ist eine Sammlung von kurzen Ausschnitten – sprich: Kalendersprüchen – aus Maos Texten und Reden, die nur sehr selten über Beispiele wie dieses hinausgehen: "Wer nur die lichte Seite sieht, die problematische Seite aber nicht, der wird nicht erfolgreich für die Erfüllung der Parteiaufgaben kämpfen können." oder: "Was wir brauchen, das ist eine begeisterte, aber auch besonnene Einstellung, ein angespanntes und doch methodisches Arbeiten." oder:"Kannst du eine Frage nicht lösen? Nun gut, dann untersuche doch ihren gegenwärtigen Stand und ihre Geschichte! Hast du diese Frage gründlich untersucht, dann findest du auch die Methode zur Lösung der Frage. Jede Schlussfolgerung ergibt sich, wenn die Untersuchung einer Situation beendet ist, nicht bevor sie angefangen hat. Nur ein Tölpel zerbricht sich allein oder mit ein paar herbeigeholten Leuten den Kopf, um 'sich eine Methode auszudenken' oder 'auf einen Einfall zu kommen', ohne die Sachlage zu untersuchen. Doch wohlgemerkt: Er wird sich überhaupt nichts Rechtes ausdenken, nichts Gescheites einfallen lassen"Es wird auch mal nebenbei erwähnt, dass Opfer erbracht werden und Menschen sterben, aber im Grunde wird beständig wiederholt, dass die Theorie für die Praxis da ist, Probleme überwunden werden und alles besser wird. Der Kommunismus kommt nur als Vokabel vor, nicht als inhaltlich gefülltes Programm. Das macht die Inhalte austauschbar und beliebig. So erklärt Mao den us-amerikanischen Patriotismus für schlecht, den chinesischen Patriotismus dagegen für gut und notwendig, aber bei der Beliebigkeit der Begründung könnte es auch andersherum sein. Gegen Faulheit und ineffiziente Arbeitsverteilung kann der Kapitalist genauso wettern wie Mao. Kapitalisten hassen praxisferne Wissenschaft sicher noch mehr als Mao usw. usf. – Warum ist das außerhalb Chinas gelesen worden? Ich fürchte die Beliebigkeit und Banalität der Inhalte spielt eine große Rolle in der Antwort. Man fühlt sich auf der richtigen Seite, zugleich unheimlich wissend und selbstkritisch/selbsthinterfragend, zugleich zur praktischen Tat und zur theoretischen Diskussion bereit usw. Das "Rote Buch" ist perfider Mindfuck, aber gerade deshalb gibt es von mir eine uneingeschränkte Leseempfehlung.

  • Jonathan
    2019-02-22 13:22

    Mao had a piss poor understanding of Marxist theory, he has a rigid and mechanical view of dialectics, he seems to think contradictions are something that MUST be solved, whereas as Amadeo Bordiga says in his essay "On the Dialectical Method": "The dialectic is not the sport of paradox; it asserts that a contradiction may contain a truth, not that every contradiction contains a truth". The dialectic is concerned most of all of the way history moves, something which Mao does not grasp. He bastardises marxism further, replacing concrete categories such as "proletariat" with a basis in the economic understanding of Capital, but instead treats it like a reified identity, and changes is to "the masses" or "the people". He also tries to defend ludicrous concepts such as socialist patriotism, whereas Marx and Engels say in the manifesto: "The working men have no country. We cannot take from them what they have not got.". This is in order to justify Mao's nationalism and support of various national liberation struggles, which is once again based on his abstract thinking which sees any fight of the "goodies" against the "baddies" as worthy of support. "The famous 'right of self-determination of nations' is nothing but hollow, petty-bourgeois phraseology and humbug." - Rosa LuxemburgIt feels safe to say, that like many Marxist-Leninists, Mao was more interested in nationalism than class struggle, and dressed his populistic nationalism in marxist garb. As a book its definitely worth reading, if only to see how far a supposed marxist theorist can get away from the marxism of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Luxemburg.

  • Chrysostom
    2019-03-20 17:41

    Reviewed on historical importance.Possibly the most-published and most-owned (if not the most-read) book in history, the 'little red book' of Mao is necessary reading for understanding Maoism and the roots of the contemporary PRC, however market-friendly it has become.The style is self-absorbed, with strong traces of the Chairman's messianism and megalomania shining through. In style - I can't tell because I know very little Mandarin and the English translation is poor. The content is entirely derivative of Marx and Lenin, with the theoretical bases of Marx (internationalism, industrialism, the industrial proletariat, Marxian economics) downplayed or unmentioned and the revolutionary violence and 'cultural critique' of Lenin amplified and adapted to the Chinese situation and 'patriotized'. I think I see some affinity to Stalinism, but it could be a natural development of Marxism-Leninism to tend towards it.This edition is published with each page spread containing the original Mandarin in Simplified Chinese characters on the left and an English ('Engrish') translation, definitely not by an English speaker, poorly formatted, on the right.