Definition of Maoism in US English:



  • The communist doctrines of Mao Zedong as formerly practiced in China, having as a central idea permanent revolution and stressing the importance of the peasantry, small-scale industry, and agricultural collectivization.

    • ‘It was a mixture of Leninism, black nationalism, Maoism and Castroism, with the teachings of developing-world theorists like Fanon thrown in.’
    • ‘A third feature of Maoism is the idea that the bourgeois menace is ever-present, so party officials must always be vigilant to prevent the revolution's corruption.’
    • ‘The political structures of Maoism remain, even as the policies they enact have changed drastically.’
    • ‘The majority of these young activists adopted what he describes as ‘Third World Marxism’, above all Maoism.’
    • ‘In contrast to Marx and Lenin, Maoism assumed a continuing class struggle even when Communism has been achieved, so that it was necessary for each generation to gain revolutionary experience.’
    • ‘Both groups espouse an eclectic ideological mixture of Maoism, Castroism and nationalism.’
    • ‘In the rural areas of the South, petty-bourgeois radicals espousing the peasant-based theories of Maoism began to win increasing support.’
    • ‘In the vacuum produced by political paralysis, revolutionary Maoism prospered; currently 40% of the electorate support communist parties.’
    • ‘By the 1970s the fight against white minority rule was led by a left wing influenced by Maoism and Stalinism.’
    • ‘His policies were not a radical break from Maoism, but a logical extension of the Stalinist ‘two stage theory’.’
    • ‘Eclectically drawing from elements of anarchism and Maoism, their group favoured ‘gut politics’ and were hostile to any far-reaching theoretical considerations.’