Writings by the So-Called Gang of Four
Chiang Ching, Chang Chun-chiao, Yao Wen-yuan and Wang Hung-wen were close comrades-in-arms of Chairman Mao Tse-tung and prominent leaders during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and hence principal targets of the capitalist-roaders led by the odious renegade Teng Hsiao-ping.
They were disparagingly branded as the ‘Gang of Four’ and subjected to a kangaroo court when the new capitalist leaders took out their revenge on some of China’s finest Marxist-Leninist leaders.
On the Revolution of Peking Opera – Speech made in July 1964 at the Forum of Theatrical Workers Participating in the Festival of Peking Opera on Contemporary Themes, by Chiang Qing, 7 pages. From the pamphlet On the Revolution of Peking Opera (Peking: FLP, 1968). Chiang Ching’s speech only, 7 pages: Full Pamphlet (with articles by others as well), 76 pages.
Speech by Comrade Chiang Ching – At the Rally to Inaugurate and Celebrate the Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee, April 20, 1967, 6 pages. From the pamphlet Great Victory for Chairman Mao’s Revolutionary Line – Warmly Hail the Birth of Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee (1967).
Speech by Comrade Chang Chun-chiao on Behalf of the Delegations of the Revolutionary Committees in Four Provinces and One Municipality – At the Rally to Inaugurate and Celebrate the Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee, April 20, 1967, 3 pages. [From the pamphlet Great Victory for Chairman Mao’s Revolutionary Line – Warmly Hail the Birth of Peking Municipal Revolutionary Committee (1967).]
On Exercising All-Round Dictatorship Over the Bourgeoisie, originally an article in the CCP theoretical journal Hongqi [Red Flag], #4, 1975. Reissued as a pamphlet (Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1975). 34 pages.
- Text 16: Report on the Revision of the Constitution, delivered by Chang Chun-chiao
- Text 19: On Exercising All-Round Dictatorship Over the Bourgeoisie, by Chang Chun-chiao
- Text 41: Talks Concerning ‘Criticizing Teng Hsiao-ping and Repulsing Right Deviationist Wind’, by Chang Chun-chiao
from And Mao Makes 5: Mao Tse-tung’s last great battle, edited with an Introduction by Raymond Lotta, (Chicago: Banner Press, September 1978), 539 pages.
On ‘Three-Family Village’ – The Reactionary Nature of Evening Chats at Yenshan and Notes from Three-Family Village (May 10, 1966), 42 pages.
Commemorate Lu Hsun and Carry the Revolution Through to the End, by Yao Wen-yuan, a speech on the 30th anniversary of the death of Lu Hsun, Oct. 19, 1966, 17 pages. From the pamphlet Commemorating Lu Hsun – Our Forerunner in the Cultural Revolution (1967).
On the Counter-Revolutionary Double-Dealer Chou Yang, by Yao Wen-yuan. (Peking: FLP, 1967), 116 pages.
The Working Class Must Exercise Leadership in Everything, from Hongqi, #2, 1968. (Peking: FLP, 1968), 16 pages.
Comments On Tao Chu’s Two Books (1968), 44 pages.
On the Social Basis of the Lin Piao Anti-Party Clique (1975), 36 pages.
- Text 18: On the Social Basis of the Lin Piao Anti-Party Clique, by Yao Wen-yuan
from And Mao Makes 5: Mao Tse-tung’s last great battle, edited with an Introduction by Raymond Lotta, (Chicago: Banner Press, September 1978), 539 pages
- Text 1: Report at the Central Study Class, by Wang Hung-wen
- Text 4: Report on the Revision of the Party Constitution, by Wang Hung-wen
- Text 14: Speech at Peking Rally Welcoming Cambodian Guests, by Wang Hung-wen
The victory of reaction over the revolutionaries.
There’s no other way to describe the establishment of the ‘capitalist roaders’ and revisionists in the top leadership of the Communist Party of China after the death of Chairman Mao in September 1976 other than it being a coup. They had obviously been preparing for the inevitable death of the Chairman and they were ready to seize the opportunity to change the direction of the revolutionary Marxist-Leninist Party before his body was even cold. The failure of the revolutionaries within the Party leadership, those who were denigrated as the ‘Gang of Four’, most serious mistake was that they don’t seemed to have been prepared for such an attack. They paid for it with their lives and the people of China are still paying for it.
Six weeks after the death of Chairman Mao the new usurper leader of the Party and stooge of Deng Xiao-ping, Hua Kuo-feng, was able to publicly declare the battle against (what he described as) an ‘anti-Party clique’, won and their influence made ineffective. The People’s Republic of China then started to speed along the road towards the full scale establishment of capitalism in China.
Here are some of the early boasts about the end of Socialist construction in China.
Great Historic Victory, Hua Kuo-feng, FLP, Peking, 1976, 44 pages.
Thoroughly criticize the ‘Gang of Four’ and bring about a new upsurge in the movement to build Tachai-type counties throughout the country, Chen Yung-Kuei, FLP, Peking, 1977, 47 pages.
Mao’s Last battle – The Next Stage, Bruce Smith, China Policy Study Group, London, 1978, 32 pages. An example of those foreigners whose lack of understanding of Marxism-Leninism meant they fell into a spurious analysis of the situation in China after the death of Chairman Mao.
A Great Trial in Chinese History, The trial of the Lin Biao and Jiang Qing Counter-revolutionary Cliques, November 1980-January 1981, New World Press, Beijing, 1981, 246 pages. A vicious attack upon some of the Chinese Revolution’s finest leaders.