Forum denounces economist Mao Yushi

Last month we posted our translation of an essay by economist Mao Yushi (茅于轼) questioning the legacy of the revolutionary leader Mao Zedong (毛泽东). We pointed out that such a direct challenge to Mao Zedong’s legacy had never been made inside China. In its latest edition, the Economist reports on the threats now being made against Mao Yushi by extreme leftists infuriated by his “attack” on Mao as a hero of the Party and the people.

As we have noted at some length, tensions between China’s Maoist left and its liberal right seem to have deepened in recent months. Today, the leftist website Utopia has posted coverage of a forum yesterday in Shanxi province, in which scores gathered to denounce a number of liberal intellectuals, including Mao Yushi and Xin Ziling (辛子陵), calling them “traitors, running dogs and collaborators.”

A partial translation of the Utopia piece including the statement from the forum is below, followed by photos of the event.

On May 29, 2011, a meeting of people from various quarters in Shanxi to denounce and lay a public charge against the traitors and collaborators Mao Yushi (茅于轼) and Xin Ziling (辛子陵) was smoothly held and passed off successfully in the city of Taiyuan. This was a gathering of patriotism. This was a gathering in which the people voiced their cry for justice. This was a meeting opposing all forms of imperialist intrusion and all traitors, running dogs and collaborators.

Comrades participating in the forum unanimously believe that:

Chairman Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is the leader of the Party and the people, the creator of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Liberation Army, and as such we cannot condone the wanton distortion and slander of his magnificent image [as a leader who] devoted his life to leading the toiling masses in rising in revolution. As for the actions of the likes of Mao Yushi (茅于轼), Xin Ziling (辛子陵) and Yuan Tengfei (袁腾飞) in attacking leaders of the Party and the people in the interests of traitors and collaborators, this is not permitted by the Party. It is not permitted by the people. Even less is it permitted by human history (人类历史).

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Below are pictures from the meeting furiously denouncing the traitors and collaborators Mao Yushi and Xin Ziling:


[ABOVE: A blue banner hanging at the head of the anti-Mao Yushi/Xin Ziling forum in Shanxi reads: “The people of Shanxi denounce the traitors and collaborators Mao Yushi and Xin Ziling.”]


[ABOVE: The red banner hanging over the heads of the forum participants reads: “Anyone who opposes the CCP and Chairman Mao Zedong is our enemy.”]

3 Comments to “Forum denounces economist Mao Yushi”

  1. D says:

    The age of the people in these photos says everything.

  2. ltlee says:

    @adam
    The following is the article from the website:
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    二〇一一年五月二十九日上午,山西各界人民声讨汉奸卖国贼茅于轼、辛子陵的公诉大会在太原顺利召开和圆满结束。这是一场爱国主义大会;这是一场反映人民正义呼声的大会;这是一场反对帝国主义一切侵略形式及其汉奸走狗卖国贼的大会。

    与会同志一致认为:

    毛泽东主席作为党和人民的领袖以及中华人民共和国和人民解放军的缔造者,其终其一生带领劳苦大众闹革命的光辉形象是不容许被肆意扭曲和诋毁的,对待像茅于轼、辛子陵、袁腾飞等为了汉奸卖国贼的利益而攻击党和人民领袖的行为,党是不允许的;人民是不允许的;人类历史更是不允许的。

    在汉奸卖国贼越发嚣张的气焰下,党和人民齐心合力,团结一致,坚持中国共产党的领导,坚持毛泽东思想的领导地位,坚持走社会主义道路,高举社会主义红旗,是彻底打垮汉奸卖国贼及其复辟资本主义,否定党的领导,否定社会主义道路,否定毛泽东思想的嚣张气焰的唯一法宝。只有打倒帝国主义和其在华的代理人,才能真正的发展独立自主的国民经济,和重新实现人民当家作主的主人翁地位!

    与会者纷纷发言,愤怒声讨汉奸卖国贼茅于轼、辛子陵对毛主席和中国共产党极其恶毒的诽谤和攻击,面对汉奸卖国贼茅于轼、辛子陵对伟大领袖毛主席用极其卑鄙、极其恶毒、极其下流、卑劣的手段和语言进行毫无根据的造谣污蔑的行为,大会首先由老革命前辈焦光辉同志愤怒发言,言辞犀利,把声讨大会带入了主题,紧接着李广让同志、查德林同志、尚震淮同志、白阳同志、王洪海同志、梁玲同志等一一发言愤怒声讨。各位同志从多个方面阐述了党和毛主席的伟大,并痛斥了汉奸卖国贼茅于轼、辛子陵对党和毛主席的污蔑的卑鄙行为。

    众所周知,我们的伟大领袖毛主席是劳苦大众、人民群众的大救星,是他把我们广大的劳苦大众从万恶的旧社会解放出来的,并领导我们走上了社会主义的幸福康庄大道。是他老人家让我们翻身做了主人,过上了当家作主的幸福生活。住房、医疗、教育、工作、养老等完善的社会主义福利保障制度,老百姓真正过上安居乐业幸福和谐的生活。这可谓天大地大,没有党的恩情大,河深海深,不如毛主席的恩情深!

    所以,我们面对汉奸卖国贼茅于轼、辛子陵对党和毛主席的造谣污蔑,必须用生命去捍卫正义!坚决维护和拥护中国共产党的领导地位,坚持走社会主义道路,坚持毛泽东思想!大会在雄壮的国际歌声中结束。
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    Mao’s economic writing makes sense. But his political writing does not make sense. Not a lot people were bothered enough to denounce him.

  3. Adam says:

    Need some more details about this. Who were these people gathering? Was it a party committee or just some locals who got together? Were there any other events besides the one in Shanxi? I ask because the original Utopia site is down (for me at least)

    If it’s 20 people getting together to be ridiculous, it doesn’t seem that significant. But if this Utopia group is spreading, then yeah, I can see this being important.

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