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Letter To Lin, Chou And
Central Committee Cultural
Revolution Group

December 7, 1967

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

Comrades Lin, Chou and Central Committee Cultural Revolution Group:

(1)  The way in which absolute authority is presented is improper. There has never been any single absolute authority. All authorities are relative. All absolute things exist in relative things just as absolute truth is the total of innumerable relative truths, and that absolute truth exists only in relative truths.

(2)  The talk about “establishing in a big way” and “establishing in a special way” is also improper. Authority and prestige can only be established naturally through struggle and practice. They cannot be established artificially. Prestige established artificially will inevitably collapse.

(3)  The Central Committee of the Party banned birthday celebration a long time ago. The entire nation should be notified of the reaffirmation of this ban.

(4)  Some other date should be chosen for the Hunan meeting.

(5)  We don’t need any scrolls with calligraphed messages.

(6)  As to the name of the meeting, we may concur with Hunan’s suggestion, wing the first plan.

I hope that the above points will be discussed and adopted at a meeting.

Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung