Discussion Questions for Report on the Peasant Movement in Hunan (1927)
What is the relation, if any, of the countryside movement to what is called the National Revolution?
What does Mao say about peasant “terror” in the countryside?
What does Mao say happens when there are “two opposite approaches to things and people”? What form does this new “event” take in Hunan?
What does Mao say are the relevant groups of people and what are their relative sizes? What role does each play in the peasant movement in Hunan?
What is the relation of politics to economics in the struggle?
What does Mao say are “the four thick ropes binding the Chinese people.” What else is not in that list but was a major issue in China at the time?
What does Mao say about the role of religion in the movement?
What forms of rural economic institutions are needed? Why?
Can you use Marx’s theory of “value” and “use-value” to explain the bans on the export of grain and the bans on the number of pigs allowed per family or the number of dishes allowed at feasts?