- Category: Revolutionary Strategy
- Created on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 15:35
- Written by Mao Zedong
"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
"It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous.
"A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."
This is a very basic question of world-view and class stand -- including right now when the whole world is awash in propaganda and hand-wringing denouncing the rebels of London.
If we don't speak out for them -- what are WE about?!
Here is a crucial essay from communist history -- a story of orientation when class struggle breaks out, in all its shocking and disruptive forms.
Peasants rose up in China's rural Hunan province in 1927, -- and many observers, virtually ALL of them, even among the communists, declared it was "terrible."
After all, there were excesses in these disturbances. The urban educated ones found these rough out-of-control farmers terrifying. There was often no sign of tight control OVER the peasant associations. And there was a sense of "where will this go if not contained?"
Mao Zedong, then a young communist activist, went to Hunan for one month of investigation during this 1927 uprising. He declared that all these critics were fundamentally confusing right and wrong -- and more, were unable to see what was arising and most promising within society.
"All talk directed against the peasant movement must be speedily set right."
We are publishing a few excerpts from this essay -- and the reason for this should be obvious: The great uprising in Britain has even well meaning people muttering -- and too often people question whether it is OK to react to police murder in such extreme and shocking ways. If we don't get this right, we won't get anything right.
We urge you to read the whole essay.
Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan
by Mao Zedong
During my recent visit to Hunan  I made a first-hand investigation of conditions in the five counties of Hsiangtan, Hsianghsiang, Hengshan, Liling and Changsha.
In the thirty-two days from January 4 to February 5, I called together fact-finding conferences in villages and county towns, which were attended by experienced peasants and by comrades working in the peasant movement, and I listened attentively to their reports and collected a great deal of material. Many of the hows and whys of the peasant movement were the exact opposite of what the gentry in Hankow and Changsha are saying. I saw and heard of many strange things of which I had hitherto been unaware. I believe the same is true of many other places, too.