Speech at a Meeting of the Cultural Revolution Group of the 8th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

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

SPEECH AT A MEETING OF THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION GROUP OF THE 8TH CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA

Chairman Mao Tse-tung
09.01.1967

Reproduced by
The Red Flag

SPEECH AT A MEETING OF THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION GROUP OF THE 8TH CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA

At theWenhui Dailythe Leftists have now seized power. They rebelled on the fourth. The Liberation Daily also rebelled on the sixth. This is the right direction. I have read all three editions of the Wenhui Daily since the seizure of power. They reprinted some articles by Red Guards. Some of them are good and should be reprinted elsewhere. On the fifth the Wenhui Daily issued „A Letter to the People of the Whole City“. The People‘s Daily should reprint it, and the radio stations should broadcast it. Internal rebellions are one. In a few days we can make a general report on them. This is one class overthrowing another. This is a great revolution. Many papers in my opinion would be better closed down. But newspapers must still come out. The question is by whom they are brought out. It is good that the Wenhui Daily and the Liberation Daily have changed management. As soon as they come out these two papers will certainly influence East China and every province and city in the country.

Before you make a revolution, you must first create public opinion. „June First“ was when power was seized in the People‘s Daily. The Centre sent a work team and put out the editorial „Sweep Away All Monsters and Demons“. I do not agree with the wholesale replacement of the staff of the People‘s Daily, but it had to be taken over. Tang Ping-shu replaced Wu Leng-hsi. At first the masses were distrustful because the People‘s Daily had deceived people in the past, and what‘s more it had issued no statement. The seizure of power in two newspapers is a national question and we should support their rebellion.

Our newspapers should reprint Red Guard articles. They are very well written whereas our stuff is utterly lifeless. The Propaganda Department of the Central Committee can be done away with, though those people can continue to eat there. There are many things which the Propaganda Department and the Ministry of Culture were unable to cope with. Even you (pointing to Comrade Chen Po-ta) and I could not cope with them. But when the Red Guards came they were immediately brought under control.

The upsurge of revolutionary power in Shanghai has brought hope to the whole country. It cannot fail to influence the whole of East China and all provinces and cities in the country. „A Letter to the People of the Whole City“ is a rare example of a good article. It refers to the city of Shanghai but the problem it discussed is of national significance.

In making revolution these days people demand this and that. When we made revolution from 1920 onwards we set up first the Youth League and then the Communist Party. We had no funds, no printing press, no bicycles. When we ran newspapers we were very friendly with the workers and chatted with them as we edited articles.

We should establish links with all sorts of people, Left, Right and Center. I have never agreed with a unit being all that pure in its approach.

(Someone responded: „Wu Leng-hsi‘s lot are now very comfortable. They have put on weight.“)

We have allowed Wu Leng-hsi to become too comfortable. I am not in favour of their dismissal. Let them remain at their posts to be supervised by the masses.

When we started to make revolution it was opportunism which we met with, not marxism-leninism. When I was young I hadn‘t even read the Communist Manifesto.

We must speak of grasping revolution and promoting production. We must not make revolution in isolation from production. The conservative faction do not grasp production. This is a class struggle. You must not believe that „When Chang the Butcher is dead, we‘ll have to eat pork bristles and all“, or that we can do nothing without them. Don‘t believe that sort of rubbish.