lems dialectically. "One divides into two" is a complex matter; today I do not intend to say much about this; in any case, everything exists. Chairman Mao has spoken about this problem specifically and specially. You should all read On Contradiction. In terms of material, don't absolutely believe that your own material is correct; the material that you have put together yourself is likely, in content, to lean to your side. One more problem, and that is that you cannot rely entirely on, or believe completely, verbal confessions and testimony. Don't believe one-sidedly or prejudicially is what I say; and, under certain conditions, also analyze what the "other side" has to say--even if it is something they maintain themselves, we must analyze it. Don't believe your own material and information entirely, and don't believe confessions and testimonies entirely either. All factions and groups must do the same. Even our own information and material has to be negated over and over again; as for verbal confessions and testimonies, we absolutely cannot believe them completely.
"Bo Yibo Has an Attitude Problem"
Wu Linquan and Peng Fei
Source: Excerpt from Caolan chunqiu (Springs and Autumns in Caolan) ( Beijing: Renmin chubanshe, 1988), pp. 248-56.
On February 9, 1967, under the manipulation and control of Kang Sheng and his confederates, a large rally was held at the Beijing Workers' Stadium to criticize and struggle against Bo Yibo. When he appeared, Bo had around his neck a large iron plaque on which had been written all sorts of charges against him. Nevertheless, he held his head high, and walked with proud and unbowing strides. Without waiting for those presiding over the rally to announce the charges made against him, he walked up to the microphone first, and announced in a loud voice: "Comrades! Comrades! I would like to speak . . ."
Seeing that the situation was not going in their favor, the Red