I have not been updating this blog for a while for a number of reasons. In part because of other responsibilities, especially work and family-related; but also because of a number of political-ideological shifts that I have made. I will not discuss the former as they are of no consequence to any reader of this blog, but will briefly mention the latter, since it does pose a question about the future of this blog. I no longer regard myself as a Maoist. This is not to say that I do not still think that the Chinese Revolution or the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution are not of world historic significance, nor does it mean that I do not think that Mao Zedong was a communist who deserves to be deeply studied, but it does mean that I do not think that Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is the only guide to revolution. Indeed, in the letters between JMP and I, I made it clear that I wanted to bring to bear a rather broad number of voices together to help construct a Maoism proper, however, over the last 1-2 years I have realised that this is not simply possible within the four walls of Maoism, especially as understood by the international Maoist movement broadly conceived (indeed, I have been chided by many for even wanting to even discuss Althusser, Bettelheim etc.). Thus, I now regard myself as a communist.
I intend to talk about what I mean by this in a subsequent post, but in this post would like to simply upload a position paper on the Syrian conflict that I had written in 2013 for consideration of my former organisation (as part of abandoning the moniker “Maoism”, I have also renounced all organisational ties. This latter part dovetails with my own reconsideration of what it means to be a communist in the current conjuncture). The paper attached below was never adopted for reasons that I am still not clear about, although it was adopted by my local group. I was recently re-reading it and felt that it would be a shame to let it just die on an old hard drive, especially given that I spent a lot of time researching and writing it. I still think it was the correct position to hold at the time and think it still could help guide a current position on the situation in Syria. I would appreciate hearing any comments/criticisms people may have. Also, I would like people to tell me if they think in light of my somewhat change in position whether I should continue this blog, but to explore the politics I am myself grasping for, or abandon it completely as a testament to the “Maoist” phase in my communist politics?
Here is the Syria Position Paper. I will likely post 1-2 more documents in the coming days that I wrote as part of my “Maoist” phase, which I regard as being appropriate.