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Talk At Enlarged Standing Committee
Meeting Of The Political Bureau

March 17, 1966

[SOURCE: Long Live Mao Tse-tung Thought, a Red Guard Publication.]

Our policy of taking care of the intellectuals after liberation had advantages as well as disadvantages. At present, the bourgeois intellectuals are holding the real power in the academic and the educational circles. The more penetrating the socialist revolution, the more they resist us, and the more they reveal their opposition to the party and socialism. Such people as Wu Han and Chein Po-tsan are communist party members, but they also oppose communism. They are, in reality, Kuomintang people. At present, this problem is still not properly understood in many places. Academic criticism still has not been unfolded. The various localities must note which hands are grasping the schools, newspapers, periodicals, and publishing houses, and they must carry out sincere criticism against the bourgeois academic authority. We must cultivate our own academic authority among our youths. We must not be afraid that the young people will violate the “law of the land.” We must not confiscate and suppress their manuscripts. The Central Ministry of propaganda must not become a rural work department. (Note: The Central Ministry of Rural Work was abolished in 1962.)

Ch’ien-hsien also belongs to Wu Han, Liao Mo-sha, and Teng T’o.[1] It is also anti-party and anti-socialist .

Literature and art, history, philosophy, law, and economics must carry out the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, they must resolutely carry out criticism. After all, how much Marxism is there?



[1.] Chein-hsien (Frontlines) a Peking periodical. Liao Mo-sha and Teng-T’o were close collaborators of Wu Han. This trio wrote under a joint pen name. They wrote a series of articles under such titles as Evening Chats at Yensham and Three Family Village. In these essays, using the form of dialogues between villagers and intellectuals, they attacked comrade Mao and the “three red banners” i.e. the general line for socialist construction.

Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung