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    Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought is a type of Marxlen.png Marxism-Leninism associated with Mao Zedong, the chairman of the Communist Party of China. Maoism can be identified as Soc.png economically far-left, Totalitarian.png totalitarian, and Prgess.png culturally far-left It is important to note that MLM.png Maoism proper was formulated by Cball-Peru.png Chairman Gonzalo and the Mlmg.png Peruvian Communist Party. During the times of Chairman Mao, his thought was known as Mao Zedong Thought.


    Maoism is a variant of ML.png Marxism-Leninism in China that was developed in the 1930s in the Soviet-backed satellite unrecognized state Cball-ChineseSovietRepublic.png ‘China Soviet Republic’ as a major rebellion force against the RightKMT.png authoritarian nationalist government of Right KMT. During the Chinese civil war, Mao split with the so-called WangMing.png 28 Bolsheviks who loyally followed Stalin’s doctrine of advocacy of rapid industrialization in China. Mao developed his idea of peasantry-worker unity as vanguards of the communist revolution in China’s specific case, and argued that a strong alliance with the peasantry is a necessity in China for the revolution to succeed.

    During the Japanese invasion of China, Mao advocated for a United Front with the Nationalist faction. After eight years of fighting together, the United Front proved victorious over Japanese aggression. The most notable battle of that the communists fought in the war was the Hundred Regiment Offensive.

    Immediately after the end of the Sino-Japanese War, the communists started seizing land and attacking the nationalist force. The army size was expanded to 1.2 million (With 2.6 million militias) versus 2 million nationalist troops (With 2.3 million militias) with the supplies of Soviet weapons from the equipment Stalin seized in Manchuria. Due to Chiang’s poor military skills, the massive collapse or morales of the nationalist soldiers after eight years of war with Japan, hyperinflation in the nationalist-controlled regions, and the American interference in the Marshall Mission, Mao and the communists were able to seize the Mainland in 4 years time after major battles that defeated the incompetent and corrupt military of the nationalists and Chiang’s extremely unpopular government.

    After the Communist force won the civil war, Mao declared that China entered a stage which was called the “New Democratic Revolution” by the newly established Chinese government. The CPC formed an alliance called the 'United Front' with parties such as RCCK.png the RCCK. Political dissents, Republic of China/KMT sympathizers, and landlords were purged in the subsequent political cleansings such as RedTerror.png Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries and the AntiConservatism.png Anti-Rightist Campaign. However, just as socialist construction began the Soviet Union would renounce Stalin.png Joseph Stalin’s theory of Marxism-Leninism and allied Eastern European states that had developed exactly in line with it began to one by one fall to this new ideology. China, however, refused to follow Khrusch.png Khrushchev’s path and denounced him as a revisionist pseudo-socialist eventually, even though the PRC supported Khrushchev’s invasion of Hungary and pressed for it. Therefore, the Sino-Soviet Split split happened with Soviet projects scrapped, economic aid cut off, and scientists left China, which was detrimental to China’s economic development. At this point began a debate amongst the CCP arose over whether they had progressed the relations of production far enough in order to solely focus on economic development. Mao opposed this line, and instead believed that economic development could be obtained without sacrificing development in the relations of production. Agricultural policies such as collective farming and mass production were implemented, which was known as the ‘Great Leap Forward’ that failed to achieve its main objectives due to a complex variety of reasons and led to the Great Chinese Famine.

    After the Sino-Soviet Split, the party began to formulate the idea that China develops an independent course of their economy. Mao wanted to utilize the resources they had gathered in the abundance of labor and popular enthusiasm. Water conservancy and irrigation eventually led to sustained growth in agricultural production. Flood defense was developed along with the practice of Terracing. The slogan “walking on two legs” was used to describe the pattern of industrial development. The development of small to medium size industry alongside the development of the emphasis on heavy industry. Compared to the more rigid and centralized economic system which had prevailed in the USSR, this period saw a different course of events with China adopting its unique form of the command economy. The rural industry established made use of labor-intensive strategies as opposed to plans entirely dependent on capital. As they served more local interests they did not require the development of nationwide infrastructure to prevail. Life expectancy (partially due to Mao’s pro-natalist policy) rose from 36 years in to 62 years and the literacy rate in China tripled to a record 60% from 20% in 1949 as the government introduced universal healthcare and education. Not only were smaller rural industries somewhat improved, but the heavy industry was accelerated as well with one example being the Teaching oil field. China also developed its own nuclear weapons with the help of engineers such as Qian Xuesen, becoming the fifth nuclear power on earth. Additionally, during the Mao era, the female labor participation rate was over 70%. After Mao died, it continued to decline. Despite these achievements, 88.1% of Chinese were still living in absolute poverty in 1980, with one of the lowest GDP per capita on earth.

    However, Mao feared a threat looming over the country as he believed if capitalism could be restored in the Soviet Union, why couldn't it be restored in the People’s Republic of China? To many, it seemed a far-off and distant threat. However many people (such as Mao Zedong himself and the RedGuard.png Gang of Four) believe they saw the beginning of the capitalist road among official party members. Mao believe that the reactionary ideology ran deep within China, as a result of years of hosting such relations of production. Land Reform annihilated the landlord class, but the conservative ideology was still prevalent in China, especially in rural regions. Mao feared that China was not travelling down the socialist path, and rather was on track to regress to capitalism. The Ultraprogressivism.png Cultural Revolution happened in this context and the theory driving the event is simple: “The class struggle continues, and is even intensified under socialism”. The Cultural Revolution oversaw the destruction of many Chinese traditional cultural architectures and the prosecution of many intellectuals and teachers, and economic activities were halted in many regions. Many members that belonged to the so-called Five Black Categories and their family were also prosecuted in this era.

    In the 1970s, as the relationship between China and the ML.png USSR further soured with the Chinese government isolated internationally, China began to look up to its old capitalist rivals. The USA also abandoned its hardline anti-communist doctrine in favor of pragmatism and realpolitik under Nixon.png Richard Nixon and HenryKissinger.png Henry Kissinger to deter the common enemy - the USSR. Therefore, the Ping-pong diplomacy initiative under ZhouEnlai.png Zhou Enlai eventually led to an improvement of the US-China relationship and the Sino-American rapprochement. A gradual establishment of diplomatic relationships happened between China and Necon.png western, NATO-aligned countries, and eventually, the United States in 1979, with these countries renouncing their recognization of RightKMT.png Taiwan under the Kuomintang. The implications of the events were enormous as China since then, despite being a communist country, had a much better relationship with the West and NATO than with the USSR and the Eastern Socialist Camp.

    In Modern China, the rising social and economic inequality as well as the return of the capitalist class with red paint and exploitation of workers has caused a wave of resurgence of Maoist support such as the banned MLM.png Maoist Communist Party of China. However, none of these movements are formidable and are usually crushed by the Dengf.png Modern CCP with an iron fist.

    HuaGuofeng.png Hua Guofeng era

    The new government of HuaGuofeng.png Hua Guofeng arrested the Gang of Four and imprisoned them for life and ended the Cultural Revolution. Hua emphasized economic development over popular movements, and proposed the “Two Whatevers”, reaffirming his loyalty to the principles of Mao Zedong Thought. Hua also visited Cball-Yugoslavia.png Yugoslavia and Cball-Romania.png Romania and improved the relationship between the PRC government with these countries, as well as tried to learn the modern industrial experiences from them. The relationship between China and western countries such as Cball-Germany.png FRG, Cball-Japan.png Japan, and the Cball-US.png U.S. improved as China took many loans from these countries. Hua subsequently launched the West Leap Forward project, which brought many technologies and allowed more foreign investment without changing the nature of the command economy with ambitious but often unobtainable economic targets. The West Leap Forward failed and led to criticisms within the party and the weakening of Hua’s position, allowing DengXiaoping.png Deng and his allies to attack Hua for “dogmatism,” which eventually toppled his leadership.

    One of the reasons that Hua’s regime faltered quickly can be attributed to his lack of power legitimacy as Hua was not from the Red Army and PLA background and made no contributions to the CCP’s revolution. Hua also promoted Deng and other Mao era dissidents like Ye Jianying and Huism.png Hu Yaobang, who wanted broad reforms of Mao’s ideals and his Statesoc.png command economy rather than just the end of the cultural revolution his leadership wanted. Hua’s regime also introduced small liberations of party control and more pluralism, which allowed Deng’s allies to emerge and seize power from his “Little Gang of Four” clique.

    Additions to Marxlen.png Marxism-Leninism

    Maoism can be seen as both a continuation and split from classical Marxlen.png Marxism-Leninism. Mao, throughout his Marxist revolution in China, formulated 5 new primary additions to Marxlen.png Marxism-Leninism, being the Mass Line, Protracted People's War, New Democracy, the theory of Cultural Revolution and the theory of the Three Delineated Worlds.

    Mass Line

    The Mass Line is a theory that states that the Masses of Peasants and Workers must be in unison ideologically with the Communist Party. Therefore, Communist Party members must go unto the masses and consult their needs and gather information, which will be further relayed to the party. The party then interprets this information within a Socialist framework and applies this in a cultural or economic change.

    Protracted People's War

    Protracted People’s War, often abbreviated as PPW is what Maoists view as the proletarian’s military strategy. Protracted People’s War combines insurgency with guerrilla warfare, offensives by the People’s Army, concentrated under the leadership of the Communist party, It is a misunderstanding to believe that this form war is simply a peasant strategy used in semi-feudal and semi-colonial backwaters. The People’s War uses three revolutionary instruments. The United Front, the People’s Army, and the Party itself. The United Front allows for agitation in areas where the party has yet to establish base areas. The People’s Army is the method of keeping politics in command of the gun, the Party having an armed wing. The “Party” is self-explanatory. Protracted People’s War also emphasizes the protracted nature of revolutions, hence the name.

    New Democracy

    Newdem.png The New Democratic society is a transitional form between the New Democratic Revolution and the Soc.png Socialist Revolution. Different from the Socialist Society, the New Democracy's Fundamental task is not to overthrow Cap.png Capitalist Society, but overthrow Imp.png Imperialist Society and Feud.png Feudalist Society. It's also different from Capitalist Society because its leadership is the proletariat. Its goal is "establish a Democratic Republic under the joint dictatorship of all anti-imperialist and anti-feudal people under the leadership of the proletariat."

    Cultural Revolution

    The theory of Cultural Revolution, originating in the People’s Republic of China shortly after the breaking of relations with the Soviet Union is one which states that the conclusion of the initial proletariat revolution and the dawn of proletariat dictatorship does not wipe out bourgeois ideology. On the contrary, it asserts that the class struggle is intensified during socialist transition and a near-continuous struggle against such ideology and its social roots. The target of cultural revolution is often aspects of the superstructure, often encompassing various existing markers of a capitalist or even a dynasty past.

    Three Delineated Worlds

    In the early 1970s, Mao Zedong put forward a thesis which analyzed the contradictions between imperialist powers and the semi-colonies of the world. He theorized that the first world, (in his case the US and the USSR) are imperial powers which compete for hegemony and fight over the division of the globe. The second world involves the imperial periphery (in his case Britain, Japan, France and others). The third world involves the colonies and semi-colonies of the world (in his case most of Africa and Asia). Many successive figures have put forward their strategies for handling the contradictions between the worlds, the most prominent of those being Deng Xiaoping.


    Maoists often appear as a Chinese high school or college students who are usually very active to tweet about praising workers and instilling MLM's works to others. They often deplore at capitalist and revisionist and they may usually carrying a MLM's book with a badge "serve the people" on his chest.

    How to Draw

    Flag of Maoism

    The design for Maoism is based on early designs of the flag of the People's Republic of China that lacked the 4 smaller stars.

    1. Draw a ball.
    2. Fill it with red.
    3. Draw a yellow star on the top left.
    4. Add the Asian eyes and you're done!
    Color Name HEX RGB
    Red #DF2408 223, 36, 8
    Yellow #FFDF00 255, 223, 0


    同志们 (Comrades)

    统一战线 (United Front)

    • Stalin.png 斯大林主义 - You are 70% good and 30% bad. On the one hand, you were a successful revolutionary and a great influence to me and assisted me in the civil war. However the way you collectivized. agriculture was idiotic ̶e̶v̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶w̶a̶y̶ ̶k̶i̶l̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶p̶e̶o̶p̶l̶e̶. Also, stop disregarding peasants; but it’s a great shame that the revisionist scum Khrushchev just had to destroy all of your good legacies.
    • Georgist.png 乔治主义 - Capitalist scums, but they also see landlords as parasites, which is based.
    • Mspont.png 自发毛派 - Oh yes, I remember the time when I was an anarchist... dark times...
    • Polpot.png 波尔布特主义 - Inspired by me but traditionalist and HOLY SH*T STOP KILLING CHINESE PEOPLE! Also, killing too much ordinary people will make them be afraid of socialism. That being said, I still funded you against Vietnam and the Soviet imperialists.
    • Nixon.png 尼克松主义 - Cultural Revolution and 4 pests campaign go BRR, but you are still a good friend.
    • Necon.png 新保守主义 - Thanks for helping me defeat the Japanese imperialists during WWII and turning your back on Chiang Kai-shek. But we had our disputes during the Cold War, especially regarding Tibet. Eventually, Zhou Enlai reached out to Kissinger to set up our iconic meeting with Nixon so we could team up against the Soviets.
    • Hochi.png 胡志明思想 - Sorry for betraying you earlier, comrade, but why did you support Khrusch.png him? Also, damn you Le Duan for purging pro-Chinese CPV members and committing genocide against Chinese minorities in Vietnam following the Sino-Soviet split!!!!
    • Hoxha.png 霍查思想 - Fellow anti-revisionist Marxist even though you hate me for hanging out with Nixon.
    • Juche.png 主体思想 - I help you fight against imperialist Ilminism.png RoK, but stop being so revisionist!
    • Kropotkin.png 无政府共产主义 - Kropotkin helped radicalize me, but anarchism is childish.
    • Pron.png Peronism - My friend from Latin America, but why are you an anti-communist succauth?
    • Natcom.png 民族共产主义 - "Chinese Communists must therefore combine patriotism with internationalism."
    • Sun Yat-Sen.png 孙中山思想 - He is a progressive bourgeois nationalist revolutionary who represents the Old Democracy stage of the Chinese revolution. He greatly inspired me even though he was against Marxism. He is a great forgoer of the Chinese Revolution and we will build on his legacy to further the revolution to next stage.

    走资派 (Capitalist Roaders)

    • RightKMT.png 右翼三民主义 - Lol, get rekt reactionary chauvinists! We have a mutual love for Sun-Yat Sen.
    • Khrusch.png 赫鲁晓夫主义(玉米棒子) - F*ck you, Khrushchev! Social imperialist and revisionist scum who turned the USSR into a pseudo-socialist imperialist state.
    • Brezhnev.png 勃列日涅夫主义(勋章帝) - You too! You are just a Khrusch.png Khrushchevist without Khrushchev!
    • Consocf.png 保守社会主义 - I don't care if you're on my side or don't like gays. Prepare to get Cultural Revolutionized!
    • Reactsoc.png 反动社会主义 - Same as above.
    • Dengf.png 中国特色社会主义 - Revisionist scum who killed my ideals. Never forget how you purged my supporters and crushed genuine Marxists during the Tiananmen Square Incident! Not to add how you enable crony capitalism from the 1990s onwards. Damn it, Deng.
    • Huism.png 胡耀邦思想 - As much as I hate Deng, I must admit that he was too soft on Zhao Ziyang.
    • LiPeng2.png 李鹏思想 - Just because you oppose free-market capitalism doesn’t make you the good guy.
    • ThreeRepresents.png 三个代表 Jiang Tze-min.png - Out of all modern Chinese politicians, you represent a whole new level of low. Enabled the rise of reactionary billionaires such as Jack Ma and Guo Wengui. Support massive exploitation by international corporations (e.g. Foxconn, Apple, McDonalds, etc.). Dismantled the welfare state. Privatized education and healthcare. Persecuted my modern followers for wanting better living standards. The list goes on and on. The only good things you did was expanding the laojiao system and your persecution of Falun Gong and Eastern Lightning. Even if most of my modern supporters are disorganized and lazy.
    • Hujintao.pngWenJiabao.png 科学发展观/李克强思想 PinkXi.png - Yes, I denounced and tortured Hu Jintao's father for "capitalist transgressions". What you gonna do about it? Not much better than Deng or Jiang, otherwise. Wen Jiabao is especially cringe due to his sympathy for western liberal democracy.
    • XiJinpingThoughtf.png 习近平思想 - The western bourgeois media like to think you're the next me for some reason yet you’re still a filthy c*pitalist who simp for Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Slightly better than your predecessors, but that ain't saying much. Good job defeating Jiang and his oligarchs though. Some even call you a "chinazi", so take off that mask, Blueshirtist (Quanguo and Pinkie fangirls should do the same).
    • Jack Ma.png 马云思想 - Why do you even exist? I wish the western media reports about your so-called ”disappearance” were true you corporate fraudster.
    • Whitesup.png 种族主义 - Racist garbage will be exterminated!!!
    • ChenDuxiu.png 陈独秀思想 - Chen Duxiu is a revisionary Trotskyist idiot.
    • Showa-kanmuri.png 日本帝国主义 - Imperialist scum.
    • Lib.png 自由主义 - We must combat him!
    • Cap.png 资本主义 - F*ck you, bourgeois scum!
    • Imp.png 帝国主义 - You are the root of all evils along with the above. But Tibet is rightful Chinese clay.
    • React.png 反动主义 - Haha cultural revolution go brr.
    • Pat.png 父权主义 - "Marriage is a patriarchal social construct that should be phased out". Yes.
    • Thaifash.png 泰式法西斯主义 - I may have had a hand in the Communist insurgency in Thailand.
    • Tito.png 铁托主义 - Tito has courage in thinking, speaking, and doing, but his foundation is imperialism and capitalism, not Marxism-Leninism. Our foundation is Marxism-Leninism; therefore, we are correct, and we will not get into trouble when we think, speak, and do with courage. At least Hua Guofeng still likes him.
    • Bud.png 佛教神权统治 & BudAn.png 佛教无政府主义 - f*ck religion. And f*ck "Tibet". I may be "anti-imperialist" but my conquest against filthy Tibetan reactionaries was absolutely justified and I have no regrets.
    • Buddhist Socialism.png 佛教社会主义 - Sorry, your fake "socialism" won't convince me. Your religious cringe is worthy enough for you to be invaded forcefully liberated. Oh, and the Dalai Lama isn't a Marxist, I don't care if he says he is.
    • Timocracy.png 地主政治 - Kill all landlords!
    • Confucianism.png 儒教思想 - 头号大混蛋!请忽略毛本人在早年以及他快死的时候对孔子的看法(Number 1 scum!Please ignore what Mao himself thought of Confucius in his early years and when he was dying)[6]
    • All the Islamic ideologies - You too Uyghurs! Prepared to be annexed!
    • Nagy3.png 纳吉主义 - Counterrevolutionary chauvinist imperialist puppet. No matter how much I hate Khrushchev, he was right to get rid of you.
    • Pinkie-icon.png 小粉红主义 - Stop pretending to uphold my thought while read no books of mine,you filthy blueshirtist, the Internet maoids may not be perfect but I hope them can lecture you some true Marxism-Leninism.But I think you won’t listen to anyone.
    • Nehru.png Nehru Socialism - Get off from legitimate Chinese territories you pseudo-socialist scum!
    • AES.png Developed Socialism - Social imperialist Brezhnevite Soviet puppets and revisionists.

    Further Information

    A propaganda poster depicting a Chinese worker with Mao's Little Red Book. (Translation: Let philosophy becomes the sharp weapon of the masses.)



    Online Communities



    1. http://www.ccfd.org.tw/ccef001/index.php?searchword=%E5%8F%8D%E5%8B%95&searchphrase=all&Itemid=167&option=com_search&limitstart=0
    2. Hua strongly opposed the radicalism of the Gang of Four and he ended the cultural revolution.
    3. Referring the so-called ‘Campaign to Suppress Counter-Revolutionaries’ and 'Anti-Rightist Campaign'.
    4. Forced labor and political rehabilitation
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    6. Mao himself had a good opinion of Confucius before he became China's leader, and considered Confucius a great man in the last years of his life.


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