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Huh? Marxist-Leninist-Maoists just add to Marxism-Leninism. Just because something is ML doesn’t mean MLMs don’t uphold it also. But the focus on having a correct political line, the necessity of ideological struggle, and self critisism are emphasized much more clearly in Mao than what I’ve read from Lenin in my experience. It might be in Lenin, I’ve only read a few of his books.

Plus, ML was synthesized by Stalin after Lenin’s death, so I don’t see what your point about MLM being synthesized after Mao’s death has to do with anything.

MLM upholds AES but probably differ from what you consider to be AES. They think China under Deng is revisionist, but support the USSR and China under Mao. That’s a small difference and one that should be resolved through ideological struggle, not just dismissal IMO.

From Gonzalo they get (as I understand) the universality of protracted people’s war (which comes from Mao’s take on dialectical materialism), concentric construction (basically a formalization Lenin in What Is to be Done) and I think “excellent leadership” which I only have a vague idea of.

So what do you mean by revisionist? I have always understood revisionist to mean basically stripping Marxism of it’s revolutionary essence or anti-capitalist essence. MLM doesn’t do that.

To say Maoists uphold lying in order to manipulate people… That’s a hefty claim I’ve never seen any evidence of before. And honestly it sounds like an unprincipled accusation that comes from not wanting to engage with thinking/writing.


Like you think they are going to straight up lie about facts?

The Maoist position is that success comes from having a correct political line, which comes from struggling with ideas and self critisism a la dialectical materialism. You don’t get power by trying to manipulate people through lies: you get power by demonstrating integrity and challenging yourself and others to arrive at an accurate political assessment that come from clear and correct principles.