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 Boundless Loyalty to Chairman Mao—The Highest Public Interest

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Source: Peking Review, No. 51, December 15, 1967
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org


    THROUGHOUT the country the people have gone into action in response to Chairman Mao's great call — "Fight self-interest, repudiate revisionism." At this moment our great supreme commander Chairman Mao and his close comrade-in-arms, deputy supreme commander Lin Piao, have personally approved the conferring of the honoured title of "Model Platoon in Helping the Left and Cherishing the People" on the 4th Platoon of the 6th Company under the 6011th unit of the People's Liberation Army, and the honoured title of "Model in Helping the Left and Cherishing the People" on that platoon's commander, Comrade Li Wen-chung. This has set before all armymen and the people throughout the country brilliant examples in destroying self-interest and fostering devotion to the public interest, in remoulding one's world outlook and revolutionizing one's thinking. This shows the great concern which our great leader Chairman Mao has for the commanders and fighters of the army and for the proletarian revolutionaries and the broad revolutionary masses throughout the land, and gives them all the greatest encouragement, inspiration and stimulus.
The commanders and fighters of the heroic 4th Platoon are loyal, heart and soul, to Chairman Mao and follow his every step. They resolutely carry out his great directives that "the People's Liberation Army should help the broad masses of the Left," "protect the Left," and "support the army, cherish the people." They have firm confidence in each and every strategic plan and militant call drawn up and issued by Chairman Mao and they do their best to understand and closely follow them out and strive to act in strict accordance with his every word. In the militant course of the great proletarian revolution, they have gone wherever Chairman Mao has directed them and spread his thought and implant his revolutionary line wherever they have gone to help the Left, assist industry and agriculture and give political and military training, moving from one fighting position to another. The masses praise them: "Wherever they go they leave behind a bright red line!" "Wherever they are stationed, they bring the red of revolution." They have truly lived up to their firm pledge:

We love what Chairman Mao loves,
We support what Chairman Mao supports,
We act according to Chairman Mao's instructions,
We advance when Chairman Mao gives the signal.

  The heroic 4th Platoon cherished the deepest, the most unstinting love for Chairman Mao and this is expressed in their concern for the proletarian revolutionaries. They looked on protection of the Left as defence of Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line. At the crucial juncture in the fierce struggle between the two lines, they took a firm, clear-cut stand. Unafraid of attack, they dared run risks and fought resolutely alongside the revolutionary Left. At that most critical of moments when they were in great danger escorting the Red Guards and members of the revolutionary masses across the Kankiang River, they fought valiantly, heedless of their own safety, against the torrent and succeeded in saving the life of one young revolutionary fighter after another. They wrote a brilliant epic in helping the revolutionary Left and cherishing the people. The last words uttered by the heroic platoon commander Li Wen-chung were: "Don't worry about me! Save the Red Guards!'' The heroic fighter Li Tsung-chuan sacrificed his own life by thrusting the plank which supported him into the hands of several Red Guards struggling in the water. Though sick, the heroic fighter Chen Tien-kuei dived into the torrent and gave his life to rescue other young Red Guards. As each hero drew his last breath, his thought was of Chairman Mao and the Red Guards of Chairman Mao.
  The fighters of the heroic 4th Platoon arc worthy soldiers of our great supreme commander Chairman Mao. They are a worthy heroic collective which, holding high the great red banner of Mao Tse-tung's thought and with the highest level of consciousness, carries forward the revolution under the dictatorship of the proletariat. They are a worthy and brilliant example of utter devotion to the public interest of the proletariat which is reflected in their boundless loyalty lo Chairman Mao, to Mao Tse-tung's thought and to Chairman Mao's revolutionary line.
  The great leader Chairman Mao teaches us: "Our Communist Party and the Eighth Route and New Fourth Armies led by our Party are battalions of the revolution. These battalions of ours arc wholly dedicated to the liberation of the people and work entirely in the people's interests." The heroic 4lh Platoon typifies the great image of the People's Liberation Army, which serves the people heart and soul. Its exemplary deeds are further proof that the People's Liberation Army, personally founded and led by our great supreme commander Chairman Mao and directly commanded by deputy supreme commander Lin Piao, is a matchless army, the strong pillar of the dictatorship of the proletariat and the great wall which is completely trustworthy and on which we can fully rely.
  The emergence of heroes like Li Wen-chung and his comrades of the heroic 4th Platoon, just as the emergence of the heroes Lei Feng, Ouyang Hal, Wang Chieh, Mai Hsien-the, Liu Ying-chun. Tsai Yung-hsiang, Nien Ssu-wang, the Good Eighth Company, the Red Ninth Company, the five companies at construction site 1124, and other heroes and heroic collectives, is a result of the deep implanting of the all-illuminating thought of Mao Tse-tung in the hearts of the commanders and fighters of our army. This has come about since Vice-Chairman Lin Piao took charge of the work of the Military Commission of the Party's Central Committee, opened up the brilliant road of the creative study and application of Chairman Mao's works, put proletarian politics to the fore, persisted in the four firsts and called for the destruction of self-interest, and for the fostering of devotion to the public interest and the revolutionization of people's thinking. Li Wen-chung and his comrades of the heroic 4th Platoon consciously raised the destruction of self-interest and the fostering of devotion to the public interest to the height of the struggle between the two classes, two roads and two lines, to the height of being boundlessly loyal to Chairman Mao and firmly defending Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line. They lived to fight for Chairman Mao's revolutionary line and they also died for it. Their revolutionary spirit reached a new peak. This marks the new leap in the revolutionization of people's thinking which has come about since our army carried the mass campaign for the creative study and application of Chairman Mao's works to a new stage during the great proletarian cultural revolution.
  Comrade Lin Piao says: "We hold that it is necessary to train people who devote themselves to the public interest. Devotion to public interest also has different class natures. The public interest we speak of is the public interest of the people, of the proletariat, of socialism and communism."
  What is the highest criterion for public interest from the standpoint of the proletariat?   It is boundless loyalty to the great leader Chairman Mao, to the invincible thought of Mao Tse-tung and to Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line.
  The great leader Chairman Mao is the greatest Marxist-Leninist of the present era. The invincible-thought of Mao Tse-tung is Marxism-Leninism at its highest in the present era, and embodies in a concentrated way the fundamental interests of the proletariat and the broadest masses of the working people of China and of the whole world. Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line is thy only correct line guiding the Chinese revolution and the world revolution from victory to victory. Historic truth tells us: Without the wise leadership of Chairman Mao, the brilliant light of Mao Tse-tung's thought, the correct guidance of Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line, there could be no such great Party, great army and great country as ours, and the proletariat and the working people would have nothing. Therefore, boundless loyalty to Chairman Mao is the greatest public interest of the proletariat. Every revolutionary fighter must take this as the highest criterion in making demands on himself. He must act as the heroic 4th Platoon does — combat self-interest on the most crucial points and foster devotion to the public interest on the most basic issues so as to be truly loyal to Chairman Mao with all his heart and soul and closely follow Chairman Mao's every step.
  Chairman Mao teaches us time and again that "politics is the commander, the soul of everything," and that "not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul." One's attitude towards Chairman Mao, towards Mao Tse-tung's thought and towards Chairman Mao's proletarian revolutionary line is the most important of politics. In destroying self-interest and fostering devotion to the public interest, we must put politics to the fore, grasp this major aspect of political principle, and thoroughly eliminate all selfish bourgeois or petty-bourgeois ideas which hinder us from understanding and carrying out the instructions of the great leader Chairman Mao.
  Under the guidance of the great programme of "fight self-interest, repudiate revisionism" and enlightened by the "three constantly read articles," we must emulate the heroic 4th Platoon and consciously destroy self-interest and foster devotion to the public interest so as to eradicate the very basis of bourgeois self-interest in our minds and build a great wall of proletarian devotion to the public interest. Only in this way shall we be able to carry out Chairman Mao's latest instructions still belter and resolutely carry out to the letter every fighting order issued by Chairman Mao. We must respond promptly and enthusiastically to every new instruction from Chairman Mao and get quick results in carrying it out. We must unswervingly follow the course charted by Chairman Mao to win all-round and complete victory in the great proletarian cultural revolution.

("Jiefangjun Bao" editorial, December 8.)
  
  
  

 
 
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