Maoism, in general, can be described as a belief that through rebellion and destruction, one can create a society that is liberated from the previous regimen’s corruption and injustice. Unlike Marxism and Leninism, Maoism was founded on the ideals of one man, Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong foresees that a culture founded on Maoism will have equality, order and freedom from the bourgeois class. It aims for national and social liberation, from the oppression of the capitalists and the ruling class.
In an article written by the Communist Party of Peru, they acknowledged that Maoism sprung from the philosophy of Marx and Lenin yet developed into much more than the previous ideologies in that it was able to implement the basic foundations of these beliefs and to address some of the problems that arise from Marxism-Leninism. It provided me with a helpful insight on how Mao was able to establish this belief in so large a continent as China and how, despite some misgivings in its implementation, was it still able to be prevalent in some parts of the world.
Henry Maitles essay on Maoism and Marxism centered on how Maoism grew from Marxism and at the same time how it changed to fulfill the need of China at that revolutionary time.
Maoism as an ideology would have been very successful if not for the economic pressures and technological advances in the west that placed Asia, specifically China at a drawback.
“On Marxism-Leninism-Maoism.” 1988. Committee to Support the Revolution in Peru. 19 December 2007. <http://www.csrp.org/pcp-mlm.htm>
Maitles, Henry. “Maoism and Marxism.” 20 May 2006. Socialist Worker Online. 19 December 2007. <http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=8837>