Online Maoism, A Farce

We found you in internet, and too we found the Communist Maoist party of Manipur. We are interested to both organizations, because, we have the same international line which come from principality of Maoism as Command of World Revolution. 

– Organization of the Workers of Afghanistan 
Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist (Feb. 15th, 2012)

I originally intended to write a blog entry outlining some preliminary thoughts I had on the work of the noted council communist theoretician and historian of science, Anton Pannekoek, regarding his ideas regarding the party and worker consciousness. But due to my own time limitations and just having read the new sectarian attack by a new “online Maoist” presence, the Organization of the Workers of Afghanistan (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist), on a legitimate Maoist organisation, the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afganistan, I have decided to write about this new farcical phenomenon: online Maoism.

There is nothing new about the existence of organisation and groups that have more words in their name than actual members, indeed at different points in my life I have even found myself a member of different ones, but what is new is the capacity of such groups to make their voice heard by a larger number of forces than ever before. In the past, your little groupsicle of you and your best friend forever (right before you denounce one another) was likely to either go unheard of or only have a visible presence in very limited areas of work, but today any party-of-one with a computer and library card is able to go online, make international declarations about the need for revolution and bombard us with their half-witted opinions on things that they obviously have not bothered to, or are incapable of understanding. In the last few months there has been a rash of such online Maoist groupsicles that have been denouncing this and that organisation around the world for having adopted a revisionist line. Revisionism is an old slur that has been hurled by all and sundry, and sometimes is even on the mark as even a broken clock is right twice a day (for example the half-baked theories of Chairman Bob of the RCP,USA called the “new synthesis”). However, this new tendency of online Maoist groupsicles has sought to demarcate itself from the rest of the circus that is the contemporary Left by developing a new danger, centrism. Centrism is a sin that some organisations around the world have made by suggesting that there exists a “red” faction within the UCPN(Maoist), and for expressing the desire to include said “red” fraction in any new international regroupment of Maoists. This charge is based on the following argument: the UCPN(Maoist) is a revisionist organisation; all of its members are revisionist as well because they have not split with with the UCPN(Maoist) and; thus there is no “red” fraction inside the UCPN(Maoist) because if they are truly revolutionary they would have already split from the UCPN(Maoist). Indeed, it becomes quickly clear that those who are making this charge are incapable of grasping what a two-line struggle looks like in an organisation that is not simply comprised of five adolescent men gathering around their mother’s kitchen table, and actually has hundreds of thousands of members organised into either the party itself or involved in party-led mass organisations. Comically these organisations often are closely aligned to a group of supporters of the PCP that continue to defend Chairman Gonzalo, harbour utopic delusions about the protracted people’s war in Peru, and emphasise the need for Maoist formations to recognise that Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is an insufficient formulation and should recognise “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism”. Indeed, this ridiculous latter charge about “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism” demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge about Maoism.

Finally, I have to say that this latest open letter does great disservice to the revolutionary movement of Afghanistan as it clarifies nothing about the balance of forces in Afghanistan, and instead simply muddies the waters even further. Indeed, most Leftists around the world unfortunately know little about the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan as it as, are further burdened with prejudices against Maoism and revolutionary movements that are Maoist in nature, and all this letter does is to make the revolutionary movement in Afghanistan sound completely surreal or out-there, and marginalised. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that this online organisation does not attack the Afghanistan Liberation Organisation or RAWA (its women’s front), which are actually revisionist organisations and are accomplices in the American-lackey regime. I really hope that the Maoist Communist Party of Manipur will distance itself from such online entities.

Letter of the Organization of the Workers of Afghanistan (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist) To Proletarian Party of East Bengal (Maoist Unity Group) [Bangladesh]

Hello Dear Comrades,

Organization of the Workers of Afghanistan (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist) is the vanguard of the proletariat and other oppressed of Afghanistan. We are fighting for the cause of Communism. We Believe that: Only Maoism May Assume The Command of The World Revolution. So, The New Democratic Revolution of Afghanistan is part of the world proletarian revolution.

We are very unhappily by seeing that: today there is no Maoist world center. Once RIM seemed to fulfill such a base. But wrong line of RIM, especially its undermining of the works of Chairman Gonzalo, deviated this organization from the line of Maoism, and lead it towards Avakianist opportunist line. 
We strongly believe that: only Maoism may lead the oppressed people of the world to victory.


In Afghanistan, the US imperialism and her Co. imperialist and hegemonist united forces, have destroyed every thing. They have invaded our country and have suppressed the people of our country. Everyday they commit new crimes. They kill the people. they rape young girls and boys. they put on fire our villagers, and finally they have brought slavery for all our society. Only the unity of the proletariat and other oppressed classes may bring the ability of building an independent strong Afghanistan by breaking down the invaders. Only New Democracy can save us.


So, the unity of Afghan Maoists is the key to build a strong Communist party based on Maoism. unfortunately, the Maoist forces of Afghanistan are still scattered, and they still lack a central unity point. This mainly comes from the domination of Centrism and Avakianism among the major section of Maoists. Our organization is the first and the only organization in Afghanistan which bases itself in Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Principally Maoism. We believe on concentric construction of the three magic tools of revolution. We believe on ” Peoples’ War until Communism”. We are on building a new organization up on thesis of Chairman Gonzalo: A militarized Maoist organization that be able to fulfill the peoples’ war. We strong emphasize in: People make the history, the party leads.

We found you in internet, and too we found the Communist Maoist party of Manipur. We are interested to both organizations, because, we have the same international line which come from principality of Maoism as Command of World Revolution. Today, in Afghanistan, centrist parties and organizations claiming to be Maoists, are denying the People’s war until communism. For example. Communist Maoist party of Afghanistan, which is an ex-Avakianist party, still denies chairman Gonzalo’s achievements. It still denies “Thought” to be a Maoist one. “Afghanistan Maoists” is another group which argues to be a Maoist one, but it has a diversity and enmity with chairman Gonzalo and Principality of Maoism. They reject Principality of Maoism and our organization. They reject us because they claim that principality of Maoism is not true. Nevertheless, our organization, however alone, is fighting and leading a two lines struggle. We are fighting for communism, so We Uphold, Defend and will apply Maoism. misfortunately there are still a few organizations in the world based on revolutionary Maoism. Only Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism can save as in a sound and strong two lines struggle. Centrists and other opportunists are hiding behind their so-called “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism” to fight against principality of Maoism. They still recognize and prefer “Mao-Tse-Tung thought” based organizations and parties, but they fail to recognize the historical importance of communist party of Peru and its achievements. They still fail to recognize Chairman Gonzalo, and some of them like “Afghanistan Maoists” assume him as non-Maoist. We uphold, defend and apply Maoism, so we do have to defend chairman Gonzalo and his all powerful thought as an international issue of a great importance for world proletariat.

We keep in contact with you because, we want to have close relation with you. We have the same true stands, and that is Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism. 
Our web address is: 
www.proletar.blogfa.com 
our email is: chap_af@yahoo.com 
still our materials in our website is in Persian. We seek to find the opportunity to translate some materials in English, and we will send them to you.

With Communist internationalist regards 
Long Life Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism

Organization of the Workers of Afghanistan 
Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist

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10 thoughts on “Online Maoism, A Farce

  1. Phew! What a fistful of anger that was compared to your other posts, comrade!

    I agree with most of what you said here, but I think this subtle PCP-bashing of yours is very unnecessary. As you know, all of the big MLM Parties continue to uphold and value the PCP and the Peruvian PPW.

    How this organization, and some others like it, present themselves has nothing in common with the undivided PCP, for that matter. The PCP never emphasized that organizations must call themselves “Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, Principally Maoist” or something.

    But I do think that, if this is a real organization, you should give them a little bit of time. New and young organizations often harbor the most weird positions, which get adjusted over time.

    Comradely greetings!

    1. Hi MF,
      Thanks for the comment and criticisms (which I think are completely valid). I did not mean to denigrate the PCP’s experiences during the PPW of the 1980’s and early 1990’s which I think are incredibly important and rich (btw. could you please recommend 1-2 books on the PCP’s history and central documents of theirs to read because I must admit that I have spotty knowledge about the Peruvian experience), and am definitely directing my comments to the degenerated factions that currently exist. It is true that some of the weirder stuff (the principally Maoism stuff for example) is a much more recent dogmatism that has developed in light of the collapse of the movement. India had a similar experience with the pro-Lin Biaoist tendencies in the 1970’s till even the 1980’s. I must admit that it is not clear to me whether there actually exists a faction of the PCP which one can actually support, and has actually produced the kind of summation about the PPW period and the problem of the “peace letters” (what are your opinion of them?).

      Regarding this Afghani organisation. I think in one context you are right. There was a point at which the CPI(ML)[PWG] was an incredibly small org. that had some very very odd positions (which they eventually rectified in the early 1990’s). However, there is another context which is the fact that the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan has actually organised most of the existing unorganised revolutionary communist movement into its fold, and has become the principal communist revolutionary pole in Afghanistan. And for this organisation to make it seem like this is not the case is not only disingenuous, but also only aids in the continued international marginalization of the revolutionary pole in Afghanistan, whilst the ALO/RAWA continues to receive support from the international Left and the NGOs for its activities.

      Also, I was wondering you could tell me about the Maoists in your area because I would be interested to learn about your conjuncture as well.

      Comradely yours,
      WD

  2. Comrade, I was going to create a website with lots of rare documents and articles on Peru but I forgot the password and email etc so the project is kind of off for now. There aren’t really any books on the PPW in Peru which are sympathetic.

    Here are excerpts from Carol Anderas’ book “When Women Rebel: The Rise of Popular Feminism in Peru”, where she deals specifically with the role of women in the PPW.
    http://mlmdocuments.webuda.com/files/wwr.html

    Gary Leupp also published a great article on Peru in Monthly Review in 1992.
    http://mlmdocuments.webuda.com/files/pt.html

    However, by far, the best defense of the PCP is this pamphlet from the Committee to Support Revolution in Peru.
    http://mlmdocuments.webuda.com/files/rip.html

    “The Shining Path and the Future of Peru” by the RAND Corporation is good for an introduction to the PCP, and not really as sensationalist or biased as one would think.
    http://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R3781.html
    http://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R4150.html

    More stuff (oskarmlm)
    http://www.reddit.com/r/communism/comments/pww39/letter_of_organization_of_the_workers_of/

    I also recommend that you look through the PCP’s documents. They’re available here: http://www.redsun.org

    The Indian PPW as you know went into as much, if not more, disarray after the death of Mazumdar as Peru did with the capture of Gonzalo. It also wasn’t really until Oscar Ramirez was captured that the PPW in Peru started degenerating so much. There’s no clear faction to support now, but I think we should keep a keen eye on developments there.

    I trust that you know more about this organization in Afghanistan than I do though, comrade.

    There aren’t any Maoists in my area, also. I’m a lone-wolf!

    Now that’s quite a lot of stuff, don’t you think! No books, though..

    1. Dear Oskar,
      Thanks so much, and I hope that you do set up that website. I have read the stuff that you have mentioned and most of my knowledge about the PCP comes from those very sources, however, I still do not feel like I have a comprehensive view of the PCP in the 1980’s in the same way that I do about India in the 1970’s and 80’s, so if you can think of a more comprehensive account, please do tell me. I have read a number of PCP documents, but wanted to get a better idea of the context in which they were written. What would you consider to be the principal documents of SL?

      The Indian Maoist Left did go through a very similar disarray during the last year of Mazumdar’s life and after. I was wondering what you thought about the VRAE faction of the SL led by Comrade Juan? Indeed, it seems that unlike in the case of India where there was a number of small factions, in Peru there are basically 2, the Artemio faction and the Juan faction. It seems like some online Maoist faction also exists, as I read some statement about it from some German org.

      Thanks so much.

  3. The “comrade” whom is in “command” and is attacking Marxism-leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism, paradoxically confesses that: he knows little or almost nothing about chairman Gonzalo and the communist party of peru. We question him: while knowing nothing about some thing, then how dare you reject that thing?

    1. Dear Parkhash,
      Three things: 1) welcome to the blog and for arguing with me; 2) I know little about Gonzalo and the PCP in comparison to my knowledge about India and Nepal, and am always willing to learn more so if you can recommend some document or book that I should read please do. Having said that, I have read a lot of documents from the http://www.redsun.org and many of the old PCP documents, but I do not think that the “principally Maoism” is a necessary formulation (if you would like to argue for it please do) and; 3) one could argue the same thing about those who argue for “principally Maoism” and the need to attack “centrism”, that they know nothing about what speak so they how do they dare to reject that thing. I do not reject the experience of the PCP in Peru until the capture of Gonzalo in 1992, however, have serious doubts about the development of that movement since then. If you would like to suggest things for me to read, please do, I am always open to having my mind changed. However, so far I see no need and think that this new online movement is trying to unnecessarily muddy the water and is an incorrect line.

      1. Dear” friend”,
        Let me start from organization of the workers of Afghanistan(Marxist-Leninist-Maoist,principally Maoist).This is not a new organization as you thought. too is not this an “online” one. this is the sixth year of this organiation’s formation. This organization has a big difference from those of you might know about in Afghanistan. This organization has been formed in Afghanistan, and almost near to all of her members too are living inside Afghanistan. However it is not secure to go into detail, but for your information, we should explain a little bit. This organization has directly challenged the puppet regime and the imperialist invasion’s suppression. unlike Your BeLoved Communist (Maoist)party, or any other organiztion, which are mainly based abroad, or at least, most of their leadership too has a refugee abroad, the leadership of Organization of the workers of afghanistan, the same as her rank-and-file all are battling the imperialists inside afghanistan and directly. Maoism teaches us to apply it for the benefit of world revolution. So, this organization if for establishing the Peoples War. It aims continuing it till communism.
        I am a member of this glorious organization. As a communist you might accept that: the true line always must be in command, and it is necessary to hold a true line than a wrong line with many follower. Ourt teachers, Lenin the great and chairman Mao tse tung has taught us that: once a true line is upheld, then the question of the members and an increase in numbers will inevitably be solved. An organization holding a true line, how ever smaller in number, is able to organize and lead the masses in the long run. But a “strong” MANY MEMBERED organization like Unified Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist) lacking a true line, is going to be dispersed and smashed by continuation of class struggle. We do not deny the importance of the increase in numbers. But, we privilege the corret line.
        Secondly, you too might know that the so called Communist Maoist Party of Afghanistan, is also not a many membered one. They had been once criticized for their small numbers of members. They had aslo held that: How ever important, it is not always necessary to count on line than to number.
        Thirdly: you claim that Communist (Maoist) party of Afghanistan is the main center of Afghan Maoists or a large majority of Afghan maoists are gathered there. This also is not true. Please once study the documents of formation of this party. then, you might find out that: rather than gathering of “majority” of Afghan maoists, only a few fractions joined and called themselves a Communist (Maoist) party. Neverthless it depends to them either they call themselves as Maosit or non maoist. When we criticize an organization we evaluate its Line at the center of critics, This Party ,,accepting by you are not, was a pro-Avakianist, and now is an ex-Avakianist, but still carrying Avakianism’s many elements.
        Our party, unlike your guess, consists of both young and old members. in our rank-and-file, from old revolutionaries to younger ones are gathered and have formed this organization. Leftist organizations of Afghanistan all would recognize us. Communist (maoist) PARTY ALSO ONCE HAS PUBLISHED ONE OF OUR DOCUMENTS WHICH THEY HAD TAKEN FROM OUR WEBSITE.
        YOU CAN FIND THE SERIAL PUBLICATIONS OF OUR ORGANIZATION IN OUR WEBSTE, A WEBSITE OWNING SIX YEARS OF CONTINUOUS PUBLICATION. PLEASE FIRST STUDY OUR DOCUMENTS AND BE INFORMED, THEN YOU MIGHT NEVER COMMIT SUCH A MISTAKE OF CALLING US AN “ONLINE ORGANIZATION’. In our own stand, we are the only communist organization in Afghanistan who is at the fore front of class struggle and fighting for the emancipation of the oppressed classes lead by proletarians.
        We aim to create the militarize vanguard of proletariat in order to ignite the fire of peoples war. You call the communist maoist party of afghanistan a legitemate one. Please do not worry about that organization’s not beeing so famous abroad. fortunately despite all attempts made by RIM , your beloved party still lacks the trust of international proletarian organizations. But please look seriously: Only one of our documents was wonderfully and excellently welcomed by many maoist organizations. This is to be callled LEGITEMACY. LEGITEMACY RAISES FROM THAT OF A CORRECT LINE, NOT FROM THAT OF A ” POPULATED” ORGANIZATION. SUCH STAND IS A REVISIONIST ONE. ONCE REVIEWING THE PAST ‘STUGGLE” HISTORY OF THE MAIN LEADERS OF YOUR BELOVED PARTY MIGHT HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE ROOT OF THE ISOLATION OF THIS “PARTY” FROM THE MASSES.
        ABOUT PRINCIPALLY MAOISM.
        DEAR FRIEND,
        MARXISM-LENINISM-MAOISM,PRINCIPALLY MAOISM IS NOT A DIFFERENR VERSION FROM THAT OF MAOISM. THIS IS MAOISM, BEINF EMPHATICALLY CONFIRMED AND PRINCIPALLY UPHOLD. CHAIRMAN HAS FORMULATED MAOISM. HE SAD THAT; MAOISM IS THE NEW AND THIRD STAGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE IDEOLOGY OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAT. HE SIAD THAT: MAOISM IS THE DEVELOPED AND LEAPED FORWARD FORM OF MARXISM-LENINISM, SO IT IS PRINCIPAL. THIS IS THE MEANING OF PRINCIPALLY MAOISM IN A MORE SIMPLIFIED MANNER. THOSE WHO REJECT THE PRINCIPALLITY OF MAOISM, ARE THOS WHO STILL ARE LIVING AND CONTINUING WITH DOUBTS ABOUT THE NEW STAGE OF THE IDEOLOGY OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROLETARIAT.L BECAUSE OF THE DEDIAL OF BOB AVAKIAN, AND CONSEQUENTLY THE RIM OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF CHAIRMAN GONZALO, PRINCIPALLITY OF THE MAOISM HAS BEEN “POSTPONED” BY RIM. TO DAY , THE REVISIONISM OF PRACHANDA AND POST-MAOISM OF AVAKIAN HAS BEEN REVEALED AND DENOUNCE BY REVOLUTIONARY FORCES. SO, IT IS TIME TO RAISE THE BANNER OF MAOISM ONCE AGAIN. TO DO SO, IS NECESSARY TO GIVE PRINCIPALITY AND IMPORTANCE TO MAOISM , AS COMMAND OF WORLD PROLETARIAN REVOLUTION. THESE ALL COME FROM RED SHINING FORMULATION OF CHAIRMAN GONZALO:MARXISM-LENINISM-MAOISM. THE PRINCIPALITY IS FROM MAOISM IN THIS FORMULA.

        FOR YOUR BETTER IMPROVEMENT IN STUDYING MAOISM AND THE HISTORIC DOCUMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF CHAIRMAN GONZALO, AND THE COMMUNSIT PARTY OF PERU, PLEASE VISIT AND STUDY THIS WEBSITE:

        http://WWW.PRESIDENTEGONZALO.ORG

        COMRADELY YOURS.

  4. This isn’t a very principled response: it sounds dogmatic more than anything else. As someone else who supports the Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan from abroad, and who is not Afghani but involved with other rev. orgs, I find the very existence of your organization, and the claims you make, rather sectarian and designed more to create division than anything else. This sort of reply, which side-stepped the actual critiques made by the initial post and then his response, is an example of the ideology he problematized. You are at the “forefront” of struggle in Afghanistan… okaaayyy. But responding in all-caps with a “go read these Gonzalo” documents is not an argument, it’s dogmatism. One could easily respond to you, with the same logical structure of your assumptions, that you should go read Marx, Lenin, and Mao and link to various articles in this regard.

    1. Now comradely I ask you please “go” and read the following:
      1-Militarization of communist parties to start people’s war
      2- Concentric construction of three magic instruments of revolution
      3-studying the “bureaucratic capitalism”
      4-Accepting peoples war until communism.
      5- Accepting creating “thought” from that of universal character of M-L-M
      and…
      To read Gonzalo is to read and understand Maoism. If you call this sectarianism, then we proudly announce that: Yes We are Sectarist.

      You people deny the above mentioned issue. they are the basic arguements put forward by chairman Gonzalo, and they should that: Maoism is principally Uphold, Defended and Applied by Communists and communist maoist parties of the world.

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