Maoist Road is a new international journal published by the Maoist Communist Party of Italy with the support of some other Maoist parties who agree with their line of the “universality of people’s war”. This seems to include the Revolutionary Communist Party of Canada, the Maoist Communist Party of France, the Maoist Communist Party of Turkey and North Kurdistan, and one section of the Communist Party of Peru.
By the “universality of people’s war” these organizations seem to mean that the sort of people’s war that Mao led in China in the 1930s and 1940s is applicable always and everywhere, including within highly urbanized advanced capitalist and imperialist countries. However, many other Maoists and Maoist parties and organizations disagree with this perspective and promote people’s war only in countries where they view it as appropriate, while promoting mass insurrection (when the time is ripe) as the appropriate revolutionary strategy in the more urbanized and/or advanced capitalist countries. Some Maoist parties also support a mixed strategy of people’s war in wide areas of the countryside, followed at some appropriate time by mass insurrection in the cities. These parties point out that mass insurrection was the strategy of Lenin in 1917 Russia, and that even Mao himself did not argue that people’s war is always and everywhere the appropriate revolutionary strategy.
However, whether the political line of Maoist Road and its associated parties is right or wrong is not the question for BannedThought; we are making the magazine available here because it is banned, or virtually impossible to obtain, in many countries. The first issue of Maoist Road appeared in the Spring of 2011.
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- Maoist Road, issue #1, Spring 2011. This is the “finalized” version distributed circa June 12, 2011, 76 pages. English: PDF Format [617 KB]; Italian: PDF Format [613 KB]
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