Left communism in China

  • in the people's republic of china since 1967, the terms "ultra-left" and "left communist" (simplified chinese: 共产主义左翼; traditional chinese: 共產主義左翼; pinyin: gòngchǎn zhǔyì zuǒyì) refers to political theory and practice self-defined as further "left" than that of the central maoist leaders at the height of the great proletarian cultural revolution (gpcr). the terms are also used retroactively to describe some early 20th century chinese anarchist orientations. as a slur, the communist party of china (cpc) has used the term "ultra-left" more broadly to denounce any orientation it considers further "left" than the party line. according to the latter usage, the cpc central committee denounced in 1978 as "ultra-left" the line of mao zedong from 1956 until his death in 1976. this article refers only to 1) the self-defined ultra-left of the gpcr; and 2) more recent theoretical trends drawing inspiration from the gpcr ultra-left, china's anarchist legacy and international "left communist" traditions.

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In the People's Republic of China since 1967, the terms "ultra-left" and "left communist" (simplified Chinese: 共产主义左翼; traditional Chinese: 共產主義左翼; pinyin: Gòngchǎn zhǔyì zuǒyì) refers to political theory and practice self-defined as further "left" than that of the central Maoist leaders at the height of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR). The terms are also used retroactively to describe some early 20th century Chinese anarchist orientations. As a slur, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has used the term "ultra-left" more broadly to denounce any orientation it considers further "left" than the party line. According to the latter usage, the CPC Central Committee denounced in 1978 as "ultra-left" the line of Mao Zedong from 1956 until his death in 1976. This article refers only to 1) the self-defined ultra-left of the GPCR; and 2) more recent theoretical trends drawing inspiration from the GPCR ultra-left, China's anarchist legacy and international "left communist" traditions.