I recently read the General Political Line of the Communist Party of Peru, and it was, honestly, one of the most penetrating and crystal-clear political works I’ve read in a long time. Reading it reminds me of reading Mao.
There are major and important differences between Marxism-Leninism Mao Zedong Thought and Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and one could not get a better statement of exactly what we mean (or, at least, what we should mean) when we call ourselves Marxist-Leninist-Maoists than straight from the source, from the party whose practice allowed it to glean what was truly universal about Mao’s contributions and synthesize MLM.
What’s more, Chairman Gonzalo’s contributions on top of MLM, Gonzalo Thought, while in some ways particular to Peru, are also stunning and useful, and I believe they have universal aspects.
And just as actually reading Mao for the first time helps blow away some of the bourgeois propaganda that hangs over one’s conception of him, reading the General Political Line of the PCP helps make it obvious that the PCP were very advanced communists and that Gonzalo was indeed a communist, and without a doubt the best communist theorist alive at the time.
I just wanted to put these links here, all in a row, (a) because I didn’t know the GPL existed and what it was worth until recently and wanted to call others’ attention to it, and (b) because I haven’t seen one single page that links the whole thing. So here it is–read and reread it: