Some Interjections at a Briefing of the Directing Group of the State Planning Commission

Proletarians of all countries, unite!
There is one goal, the conquest of power!

SOME INTERJECTIONS AT A BRIEFING OF THE DIRECTING GROUP OF THE STATE PLANNING COMMISSION

Chairman Mao Tse-tung
11.05.1964

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The Red Flag

SOME INTERJECTIONS AT A BRIEFING OF THE DIRECTING GROUP OF THE STATE PLANNING COMMISSION

1. In formulating the plan it is necessary to include certain needs of North Korea and North Vietnam. I hear North Vietnam is in need of XXX thousand tons of oil.

2. It is not certain that we shall have a population of 720,000,000 in 1965. There will be 800,000,000 in 1970? This is serious.

3. Intellectuals are quite important; we cannot do without them. They are needed in the realm of theory; theory cannot do without them. However, they still need to sum up the things indicated below.

4. There are two fists and one rear end in the national economy. Basic industry is one fist, national defense industry is the other, and agriculture is the rear end.

5. The Soviet Union today is a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, a dictatorship of the big bourgeoisie, a fascist German dictatorship and a hitlerite dictatorship. They are a bunch of rascals worse than De Gaulle.

6. Class identifications should be drawn in all units, factories, streets, schools, and official organs.

7. The wage question. It is difficult to further reduce wages at the upper levels. From now on, we will stabilize wages at the upper levels and raise them gradually at the lower levels.

8. Whom is industry to serve? It should be made to serve agriculture. Of course, there is the question of interrelationship between sectors of heavy industry, but the whole spectrum of industry should be made to serve agriculture.

9. Stable-yield output and high-yield output are relative. Last year Hopeh Province had torrential rains. This downpour was willed by the Lord in Heaven! It couldn‘t be helped! It is hard to be Lord in Heaven. Too much rain isn‘t good; too little isn‘t good either.

10. Do as much as one‘s strength allows. Don‘t let any individual decide on this. „I am old and about to die, but before I die, I want to accomplish […]?“ This isn‘t right.

11. I want to finish reading „The 24 Histories“. „The Old Book of Tang History“ is better than „The New Book of Tang History“. „The Southern History“ and „The Northern History“ are still better than „The Old Book of Tang History“. The most unsatisfactory is the „History of the Ming Dynasty“.

12. The purpose of drawing class identifications in factories is to expose the 1-5% of the workers. Among the workers 8-15% do not have a working class origin.