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January 17, 2007

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independentmaoist

Kasamas (comrades):

The latter part of this document discusses the work of the NPA, which has established over 120 guerilla fronts on every major island of the Philippines. One of the points this article makes is that the army is only able to concentrate its forces on 10-12 guerilla fronts at a time. This allows the NPA and revolutionary mass orgs to deepen their roots and expand in the other fronts. This strategy of "stretching out" the enemy forces has enabled the NPA to survive and thrive after serious losses in the late 80s and early 90s due to concentrating its forces prematurely.

Here's an example of an NPA "disarming operation"-- which arms its own forces and simultaneously undermines the morale of the AFP (army) and PNP (police). Obviously, raids like these are not possible without the eyes and ears of their mass base.


NPA confiscates 37 firearms in Mindanao raids

November 6. Mindanao -- The New People's Army seized 37 firearms in 2 gunfire-free raids in North Cotabato, Compostella Valley and Sarangani this first week of November.

It was 8:30 in the morning of November 2 when Red fighters of the NPA launched a surprise attack against the 72nd IB detachment in Barangay Bituan, Tulunan, North Cotabato. They seized 18 Garands, 3 M14s and an M16. They also confiscated ammunitions, military uniforms and important documents. The guerrillas approached easily as they were disguised as police.

In Sarangani, the people's guerrillas confiscated 3 Garands, 3 carbines, 2 .45s, 2 .38s, a 9 mm and a .357 Magnum when they disarmed CAFGU elements in Barangay Paet, Alabel last November 5.

In Compostela Valley, the NPA seized 2 M16s and a 9 mm pistol when they attacked a Philippine National Police detachment in Sityo Mambusaw, Barangay Ngan in Compostela town at around 11:15 am last November 6.


A recent item: The US and Philippine media are trumpeting the death of an Abu Sayyaf leader on the southern island of Jolo. What is most interesting about this terrorist grouplet is that it has been secretly supported by the AFP since its formation in the early 90s. It is well documented that the AFP has supplied the Abu Sayyaf with arms, food and money over the years, and has allowed its forces to escape after numerous encounters--in order to "fight" again.

Since the Arroyo regime has a lot of difficulty tagging the CPP and NPA as terrorist--since they don't target non-combatants--the government can more easily justify a military buildup for a bogus campaign against the Abu Sayyaf. This also provides the US with a pretext for stepping up its intelligence operations and "training exercises" in the Philippines--which are actually aimed at supporting AFP counter-insurgency operations against the CPP and NPA.

Keep a close watch on this important front of revolutionary struggle.

El Cholo

This three-front model to build the party, the NPA and the united front is very good. It is not a worship of the gun or parliamentary cretinism, or looking to build a pure party separate from the struggle of the people.

Many wishes of a good year and the advance of the Philippine revolution.

Jaroslav O.

Military strategy etc is fine, it's certainly not terrorism, BUT...

I've said this many times before, & I'll say it again this year:

Where is the mention of women's oppression (beyond as a list item) or religion? In a huge comprehensive document such as this, the omission cannot be mere oversight! Can *Christians* still be *Communist* Party members? Plus note the difference in tone & vocabulary when talking of E.Europe vs N.Korea. And so on. And so on.

Armed revisionism is still revisionism!

the burningman

NOTE: all comments here represent the thinking of the people making them. Nothing personal to anyone, but particularly on sometimes dicey international matters, this clarity is essential for a discussion.

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My thinking is that this kind of dogmatic dismissal of the people's war in the Philippines defines socialism down to something that would end up little more than a sectarian tic.

Can Christians still be CP members? I don't see anything wrong with that. I used to, but then I got to thinking about the implications of mandatory atheism in the communist movement... Secularism yes. Materialism in education, yes. But a dotrinal atheism that precludes the participation of revolutionaries who have faith in their private life? Self-defeating and limiting.

Some of the most "religioius" people I've met were atheists. We can make gods out of anything, just like the formally religious. (Heads of communist leaders rising out of the ocean, etc.).

I don't know the activity of the CPP regarding women, or their general line on the question.

Right now I'm reading Some of US, an anthology of memoirs by Chinese-American women academics who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. It is fascinating, exactly on the question of the "change of sky" that happens under socialism, and the depth of the social revolution felt both intimately and throughout society in China's revolutionary years.

The centrality of women's liberation to the construction of socialism is something Maoists have adopted and spread throughout the world.

I have encountered many Philippine activists who supported their country's New Democratic movement. There seems to be a well-developed women's civil front.

Maybe a productive way to engage this particular discussion is to talk about the CPP's inter-relation with civil society and the United Front.

Anyone?

independentmaoist

Yes, some CPP members are Christians--both Catholic and Protestant--and some are Muslims among the Moro people. One of the revolutionary underground orgs making up the National Democratic Front is Christians for Nationial Liberation.

The ND movement in the Philippines has one of the most advanced and large women's movements in the world. CPP members play a leading role in Gabriela, an alliance of women's groups with a total membership of over 500,000. Women play leading roles in all the mass organizations of workers, peasants, students, indigenous people etc. and within the CPP.

Recently, Gabriela has been at the head of the movement to prosecute the six US marines who raped a 22 year old Filipina ("Nicole") and are now fighting to make sure the one marine convicted by a Philippine court does his 40 years in a Filipino jail--without A/C etc. Gabriela has also raised the demand to expel the US military and its misogynist soldiers from the Phiippines altogether.

To get a sense of this, google Gabriela and click onto its website.

the burningman

IndyMaoist: Has the CPP published an assessment of what they mean by Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, and the process by which they adopted that as their ideological framework?

I am familiar with the RIM document Long Live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, but the CPP maintains an independent footing and I'm curious how they've engaged this ideological re-articulation in the international movement.

independentmaoist

Here is a fairly recent statement that the CPP signed onto, along with the Communist Party of India (Maoist), the Communist Party of Turkey/ML and the Communist League of Indonesia. As far as I know, their differences with the RIM are non-public.

"Proposal to celebrate historic milestones in the struggle against modern revisionism since 1956"
20 February 2006

We, the undersigned, hereby propose to all Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties and organizations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the struggle against modern revisionism and to undertake activities for the purpose of renewing our commitment to pursue this struggle, which started in 1956 in opposition to the revisionist content of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) in February 1956

The struggle against modern revisionism reached a new and higher level when the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution began in May 1966. But alas, since the death of Comrade Mao in September 1976, we have been confronted with the betrayal of socialism and the restoration of capitalism in China. We are challenged to uphold Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, combat modern revisionism and its evil consequences and achieve greater victories in fulfilling the historic mission of the proletariat to achieve socialism.

In the 20th Congress of the CPSU, the Soviet revisionist clique headed by Khrushchov repudiated the fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism and the revolutionary achievements of Comrade Stalin under the pretext of opposing a "personality cult". It unveiled the phenomenon of modern revisionism in opposition to proletarian dictatorship and put the Soviet Union on the road of capitalist restoration.

It propagated bourgeois populism with the notions of "party of the whole people" and "state of the whole people" and bourgeois pacifism with the notions of "peaceful transition," "peaceful competition" and "peaceful coexistence". It used modern revisionism to undermine and subvert the international communist movement. It pushed "peaceful coexistence" as the general line to oppose proletarian internationalism and to attack the international communist movement and the national liberation movements.

Under the leadership of Comrade Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party promptly issued in April 1956 the editorial of the People's Daily, "On the Historical Experience of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat". This defended the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism against the line of modern revisionism. It denounced the revisionists for sowing confusion in the international communist movement and generating disorder and uprisings against the socialist cause in Poland, Hungary and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.

The delegation of the Chinese Communist Party pursued the anti-revisionist line in the Moscow meetings of communist and workers' parties in 1957 and 1960. Thereafter, it proceeded to the criticism and repudiation of the growing phenomenon of monopoly bureaucrat capitalism and social imperialism during the long regime of Brezhnev. Monopoly bureaucrat capitalism masqueraded as socialism while the bureaucrats and businessmen connived to steal from the state sector. In international relations, the Soviet revisionists engaged in socialist phrase-mongering and in the practice of imperialism.

Comrade Mao did not rest content with the critique of modern revisionism as it arose and grew in the Soviet Union and in the other countries of the Soviet bloc. He examined and analyzed the growth of modern revisionism in China, arising from both homegrown factors and external influences. Thus, he launched the Great Proletarian Revolution in order to carry out the theory of continuing revolution under proletarian dictatorship. This is to combat revisionism, prevent the restoration of capitalism and consolidate socialism.

For as long as Comrade Mao was alive, he was able to lead the Chinese proletariat and people from victory to victory in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution against tremendous odds and against powerful adversaries. But soon after his death, the enemies of the Chinese proletariat and people made a coup and reversed his proletarian revolutionary line in carrying out socialist revolution and construction. Since then, China has increasingly taken the road of capitalist restoration.

The full restoration of capitalism in China vindicates the teaching of Comrade Mao that socialism is lost when the revisionist line prevails within the ruling communist or workers' party and that eventually the bourgeoisie within the party and state succeeds in unleashing a coup and overthrowing the proletariat. Comrade Mao has bequeathed to us a legacy by which we can combat and defeat modern revisionism and by which we can revive and further develop the forces of socialism.

For the entire year of 2006, we must undertake general campaigns and specific activities of theoretical and political education. We must confront the problem of modern revisionism as the most venomous enemy of the revolutionary cause of socialism. We must reaffirm the written works and practical efforts of Comrade Mao and all other proletarian revolutionaries to uphold Marxism-Leninism and combat modern revisionism. We must defend the achievements of Comrade Stalin and Comrade Mao in socialist revolution and construction.

We must reaffirm Comrade Mao's revolutionary theory and practice of continuing revolution under proletarian dictatorship through the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. We must condemn the betrayal of socialism and of Comrade Mao's proletarian revolutionary line by the Chinese capitalist roaders. We must combat the varied revisionist tendencies that deviate from the scientific essence of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and its concrete application to revolutionary practice. We can do so by countering not only the traditional revisionist trends, classical and modern, but also various later trends, like Hoxaism and Trotskyism, which carry a revisionist content behind the ultra-Left appearance.

We must renew our determination and efforts to carry out the historic mission of the proletariat, which is to carry out socialist revolution and construction. All the evils that have beset the former revisionist-ruled countries should drive us to uphold Marxism-Leninism-Maoism against modern revisionism and to pursue the revolutionary cause of socialism.

Upon the temporary success of modern revisionism against Marxism-Leninism and the dictatorship of the proletariat, monopoly capitalism headed by US imperialism has been able to launch the worst attacks against the proletariat and the oppressed peoples, such as "free market" globalization, racism, repression and wars of aggression. In response to the escalation of oppression and exploitation, the proletariat and people are intensifying their resistance through armed struggle and other forms of resistance.

It is the internationalist duty of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist parties to unite and to arouse, organize and mobilize the proletariat and people in their respective countries and in the world at large in the struggle for national liberation, democracy and socialism against imperialism, revisionism and reaction. By celebrating the 50 years of struggle against modern revisionism, we renew our commitment to persevere in the revolutionary struggle and strive to win ever greater victories under the guidance of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.

Uphold, defend and advance the teachings of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao!

Carry forward the revolution against imperialism, revisionism and reaction!

Glory to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution!

Long live proletarian internationalism!

Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!

Initial Signatories:

Communist Party of India (Maoist); Communist Party of the Philippines; Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist; Communist League of Indonesia


The CPP also signed on to a "General Declaration of Mao Zedong Thought" issued by a conference in Europe in 1993. It uses MZT and Maoism
interchangeably. It calls the theory of continuing the revolution under socialism and the Cultural Revolution Mao's greatest achievement.
http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/cpa/Theory/Gdmzt.html

Jaroslav O.

First off, I completely agree with the point that one need not be non-atheist to have a religious mindset, & that the religious mindset should be struggled against no matter what name it goes under. And yes, in case it's not clear, the atheists of religious mindset can do just as much mistakes & damage as the openly religious ones.

The main thing philosophically is after all, materialism & science. Being an atheist is simply the application of materialism & scientific outlook to one small point, i.e. non-existence of supernatural shit. So just because you get one answer right, doesn't mean you get a good grade on the whole test, so to speak. (Don't take the metaphor too far -- I know nobody has the whole answer key...)

In any case it's one thing to not be perfectionist or whatever, but quite another to turn a blind eye to a major ideological difference. It's not that all religious people are the enemy. But if you are a liberation theologist, go found your own Liberation Theology Party, don't run around confusing people about what communism really means. The Communist Party should work together with the liberation theologists to greatest degree possible, but when it comes down to it communism & religion are 2 different things, & should not be meshed into one organisation.

Also note, if not clear, I'm talking about CPP members, not NDFP or PLA members, which is a broader level of unity. In other words if a Christian or Muslim or whatever really wants to fight for communism & be part of a partisan organisation, there are very effective ways for them to do this without basically lying by going around calling themself a communist up to the standard of party membership.

Finally I want to encourage folks to think about any possible & plausible connection between this "I'm OK you're OK" attitude towards organised medieval religion, & the neglect of the women question.

(And yes, of course Gabriela does great work. But is that not like, for example, if the CPP said nothing about capitalism & then your response would be "hey there's the KMU, isn't that good enough for ya?")

Jaroslav O.

I want to add/correct, that in the bit above where I talked about "lying", actually the fault isn't so much with the Christian individual in question, but the Party for having dishonest definition of communist. I say "dishonest" rather than "wrong" because it's not like they don't know better -- they're just pragmatic revisionists.

the burningman

Jaroslav:

The CPP has said quite a bit about women and socialism. Just because they don't do so in every single document...

There was an opening in the Philippines for those who would subordinate themselves to the capitalist state, US hegemony and so on. The CPP refused to take it. They have a mixed record on political rectification, but I'd take a little more care with such sweeping, categorical statements.

Anonymous

I do understand the idealism of communism and it can reaaly be good to a country if the idea is well absorbed by everybody and the policy is well implemented. What i dont believe in and wont buy on are the leaders in the philippines who simply make themsleves rich and enjot lavish lifestyles with their new recruits just eating cassava and starvin in the hinterlands. I know a lot of people who were former red leaders who turned around and worked with the government with a promise to change everything bit in turn turned to more corrupt than the politicians they bastardize before. communist revolution in the philippines is a total crap but a simple business activity for a set of leaders who pocket in revolutionary taxes.

FREE PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON!
STOP POLITEICAL PERSECUTION!

DEFEND THE DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS OF PROF. SISON AND ALL EXILED FILIPINO PROGRESSIVES!

JOSE MARIA SISON, REVOLUTIONARY NOT A TERORIST!

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