China's Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party

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great call of the Party and Chairman Mao and learn from the Shanghai revolutionaries. Let us unite all proletarian revolutionaries and tighten our grip on the destiny of the proletarian dictatorship, the destiny of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the destiny of the socialist economy. Let us fight to repulse the latest counter-attack of the bourgeois reactionary line and to gain new victories in the Great Cultural Revolution.


29
An Open Letter to Comrade Lin Biao

Yilin Dixi

Source: Yu Xiguang, ed., Weibei weigan wangyouguo--"Wenhua dageming" shangshuji (Of Inferior Position but Concerned about the Fate of Their Country--Memorials from the "Great Cultural Revolution") ( Changsha: Hunan renmin chubanshe, 1989), pp. 7541. This letter caused a major stir when first made public in the form of a big-character poster on the Qinghua University campus. Its pseudonymous authors are two students from the middle school attached to Beijing Agricultural University.

Dear Comrade Lin Biao:

These past few days, I have been reading a transcript of your speech at the Military Academy on 18 September [1966], and, to be frank, some of the key formulations in it are highly erroneous.1

You say: "The kind of attitude one maintains with respect to Mao Zedong Thought is a very important question. We must therefore grasp the question of attitude toward Chairman Mao and toward Mao Zedong Thought." "The writings of Marxism-Leninism are too numerous, one cannot read them all. Moreover, they are too far removed from us. In the classical works of Marxism-Leninism, we must devote 99 percent of our efforts to the study of the works of Mao Zedong." " Chairman Mao stands much higher than Marx, Engels, Lenin, or Stalin. There is no one in the world today who has reached the level of

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A full translation of Lin's speech under the title "Instruction on Raising the Study of Chairman Mao's Writings to a New Stage" is in Michael Y. M. Kau, ed., The Lin Piao Affair: Power Politics and Military Coup ( White Plains, N.Y.: International Arts and Sciences Press, 1975), pp. 367-74.

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