The Mass Line in the Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines was reestablished as a revolutionary party on December 26, 1968 (Mao’s birthday), under the leadership of Jose Maria Sison. About three months later it founded the New People’s Army and launched a people’s war. Under many different conditions, including a long period of martial law, the CPP and NPA have continued the revolutionary struggle. And today they are among the most solidly established revolutionary forces in the world.
I believe that the CPP has tried to apply Mao’s mass line method of leadership in its revolutionary work. However there are only two documents by the CPP which I have so far been able to locate which talk specifically about the mass line and related matters. I strongly suspect that there are many more CPP documents and articles that discuss the mass line, and when I locate them I will post them here.
Articles about the mass line in the Philippines
- Articles by or about the Communist Party of the Philippines:
“Some Proposals for the Political Line of Our Mass Newspapers”, by the Communist Party of the Philippines. This document was circulated internally in mimeographed form by the Revolutionary Union and/or the RCPUSA in the early and mid 1970s in the U.S. I do not know its original time and place of publication. This article brings out a number of very important points to keep in mind when working on revolutionary mass newspapers, and gives special emphasis to the importance of the mass line in this connection.
“Mass Work”, a 27-page chapter from a manual which the CPP apparently prepared for its members in the mid-1990s, as part of a rectification campaign then in progress in the Party. While some of the material is quite specific to the situation in the Philippines, much of it is of more general application and should be of much interest to revolutionaries everywhere.
- Other articles:
- [May be added later.]
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