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  1. 1. Team Spirit David Morgan and the Two Line Struggle: post-Sixties Maoism in the United States
  2. 2. Spock. 1969. San Francisco, the big peace march organised by ‘the Mobe’. Over a million people marched to the Golden Gate Bridge Park. Crosby, Stills and Nash sang. Spock from Star Trek spoke. Marijuana smoke wafted up to the heavens. Then David Hilliard got up to speak. He was the Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, the highest ranking member who wasn’t either dead or in jail. ‘You want peace in Viet Nam?,’ he said. ‘Yeah.’ ‘You really want peace in Viet Nam?’ ‘Yeah! ‘You really want peace in Viet Nam?’ ‘OH YEAH!’ ‘Well, you’re not gonna get it waving all these fucking flags.’ Bad Vibes. There were lots of American flags in the park. The idea was to not let the right-wingers take over the American flag. After all, it stood for freedom and the Declaration of Independence. ‘...which was signed by 50% slave owners,’ David Hilliard told us. He went on to tell us just how much the people of the world hated the fucking flag and just how far our fucking tongues were up the fucking asses of the fucking ruling class if we were still stupid enough to wave their fucking flag. Very Bad Vibes. We tried to boo him off the stage, but we were too stoned. I went home thinking about what he had said.
  3. 3. Creative Writing PhD <ul><li>Autobiographical Novel </li></ul><ul><li>of a Maoist Revolutionary inside the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Essay: Maoist dialectics vs. Hegelian dialectics </li></ul><ul><li>Link between Maoist political practice and their theory of the nature of contradiction and how it is resolved </li></ul>
  4. 6. Topic One <ul><li>Details about this topic </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting information and examples </li></ul><ul><li>How it relates to your audience </li></ul>Malcolm X Black Nationalism
  5. 7. “ How can you justify being nonviolent in Mississippi and Alabama, when your churches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered and at the same time you're going to be violent with Hitler, and Tojo, and somebody else that you don't even know?” Rejection of non-violence
  6. 8. &quot;The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti... Cuba - yes Cuba too.&quot; Civil Rights Struggle re-defined as a National Liberation struggle.
  7. 10. “ During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept in the same bed with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white. And in the same words and in the actions and in the deeds of the 'white' Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana. ”
  8. 11. Topic One <ul><li>Details about this topic </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting information and examples </li></ul><ul><li>How it relates to your audience </li></ul>Revolutionary Nationalism
  9. 12. “ For colonial countries, patriotism is applied internationalism”
  10. 13. Newtonian view of the universe
  11. 14. orbiting particles or opposed energies
  12. 15. thesis vs. antithesis = synthesis but what is synthesis? combination? or destruction?
  13. 16. Mao <ul><li>“ One thing eating another, big fish eating little fish, this is synthesis. It has never been put like this in books. I have never put it this way in my books either. For his part, Yang Hsien-chen believes that two combine into one and that synthesis is the indissoluble tie between two opposites. What indissoluble ties are there in this world? Things may be tied, but in the end they must be severed. There is nothing which cannot be severed.” </li></ul>
  14. 17. acorn Hegelian version of negation of negation
  15. 18. negation
  16. 19. negation of negation
  17. 20. acorn Maoist version of negation of negation
  18. 21. negation
  19. 22. Real Life <ul><li>Give an example or real life anecdote </li></ul><ul><li>Sympathize with the audience’s situation if appropriate </li></ul>negation of negation
  20. 23. acorn or…
  21. 24. negation
  22. 25. negation of negation
  23. 26. “ A single spark can start a prairie fire”
  24. 27. “ A single spark can start a prairie fire”