A big part of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is saying that we need to draw a very firm line and say, “Y’all other communists need to WAKE UP!–something went really drastically wrong trying to do things the old way, and Mao pointed out what the problems were. We either take him seriously and go to the hard work of revamping literally everything in our theory and our practice along the lines that he pointed out, or else we’ll probably keep making the same mistake.”
Meanwhile, Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought folks are like, “Mao added some stuff that was pretty cool, no doubt, he was good, but you guys are a little extreme. Look, nothing went super-duper wrong–we still have some socialist countries. So you’re being too extreme by saying we need to think through everything again.”
Although MLM and ML-MZT superficially appear to say many of the same things, this difference in orientation between “everything needs to be re-thought” and “keep everything basically the same, just make some alterations” is one of the very most important differences.
I remain flabbergasted that anyone can call themselves “Mao Zedong Thought” and reject the theory of social-imperialism, which Mao asserted and pioneered, and reject that capitalist restoration can happen, which Mao asserted and pioneered. It’s like, exactly what elements of Mao Zedong’s thought are they claiming, just the mass line?