Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Marxist heritage and logos

Many Marxist-Leninist websites I’ve seem usually have their three main theoreticians. They always have Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin, (Влади́мир Ильи́ч Ле́нин;). Some have a third ideological character, Leon Trotsky, (Лeв Давидович Трóцкий),

Joseph Stalin, (Иосиф Сталин or in Georgian ნამდვილი გვარი ჯუღაშვილი) or Mao Zedong (泽东).

We can dismiss the Trotsky folks since this piece is more about the influences on Maoist Parties. Maoist and Trotskyites don’t have a lot in common beyond Lenin.
However many Maoist, consider Stalin to be of some importance. That differs from one Maoist group to another. Some see him as a great leader, others as the last true Russian socialist, but one who made many mistakes. A few don’t like Stalin at all. Some Stalinist groups don’t like Mao
Many Maoist web sites have logos with their three main theoreticians, Marx, Lenin and Mao.

Usually since these are the most important theoreticians that identify the Maoist groups, it makes sense to display their pictures.

This above banner has a common symbol for the Revolutionary International Movement. This is a movement that I tend to identify with. The logo gets the point across.

Also many of these parties have their own leader who they believe will eventually apply the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist theory to their own country. This is from The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

But at times, many add Friedrich Engels and Stalin. Engles makes sense since he co-wrote a lot of Marx’s writings. But how much do we need a picture of Stalin?
With all the talk of liberation for women, how many banners have any on them? We have Rosa Luxemburg, a major Eastern European Marxist leader. But Jiang Qing,
(江青), is more in step with Maoism and fits in perfectly as one of our great heroes. I’d rather see her than Stalin.

Religious people often refer back to their ancient profits, such as the Buddha or Mohammad or mortal deities, such as Jesus Christ or Siva for example. They can claim they have a long heritage and roots that go back for over a thousand years.
But we also have that.
There actually were atheists, such as Theodorus, (
Θεόδωρος ), the Atheist of Cyrene, of Ancient Greece. So it is not a relatively new idea.
So where are the ancient influences for dialectic materialism? It’s easy to just say “I’m and atheist,” but dialectic materialism is a belief that replaces religion.
As for ancient Greek materialist, Democritus, (
Δημόκριτος). was an influence and was admired by Marx, who wrote a thesis about him. And Just as Marx had Engels to help him write, Democritus had Leucippus, (Λεύκιππος), to collaborate on his work. They also live in the ancient world of Greece.

Mao was heavily influenced by Sun Tzu,
), for military strategy.
and guerrilla war fare, Sun Tzu,
was from Ancient China, centuries before BC. And Maoists promote the use people’s war to gain real political power.
Lao Tzu, (
老子) was quoted several times by Mao in his later writings. Could he have been a Maoist influence from Ancient China?
And let’s not forget Spartacus who led a major rebellion against the Roman Empire.

If it were up to me, I’d stick with the simple Marx-Lenin-Maoism and at times the party leader for most banners.

But for the longer banners I’d replace Stalin with Jiang, because I like her better and she’s a woman. I’d leave Engels for the obvious reasons. I’d add Democritus and Leucippus, for their influence on Marx and Sun Tzu for his influence on Mao and Spartacus That way, Marxist can claim a long heritage of philosophers and go toe to toe with any Christian or Moslem wacko, that tries to make it look like were flukes from the 1800s.

So it would be Engles, Marx, Lenin, Jiang, Mao on top
Democritis, Leucippus, Spartacus, Sun Tzu on the bottom
And the party leader at the very bottom.

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