Correcting Mistaken Ideas

The Little Red Book


In this chapter Mao explains the evils of China. These evils include selfishness, lack of achievement and Liberalism. He compares liberalism to avoiding conflict making life good in the moment while these problems continue to get worse.


"Liberalism is extremely harmful in a revolutionary collective. It is a corrosive which eats away unity, undermines cohesion,causes apathy and creates dissension. Its robs the revolutionary ranks of compact organization and strict discipline, prevents policies from being carried through and alienates the party organization from the masses which the Part leads. It is an extremely bad tendency"(Mao Zedong).

Mao frowns upon Liberalism because it gives people the idea to think different and destroys unity because people have there own freedoms. This is not what Mao is looking for in his communist China therefore he makes Liberalism look bad by comparing it to a corrosive.

Comparison to Balzac

This quote connects to Balzac through the forbidden books in the novel. The forbidden books represent liberalism in which the stories represent freedoms of thinking and speech as well as individualism. These are ideas that Mao does not allow in China

Comparison to America

This can compare to America where we have these freedoms that Mao does not allow in China. Freedom of speech and the expression of our own ideas are respected things in America but are very different during Mao's rule.

“America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.”(Woodrow Wilson)

The Great Gatsby

This book can be compared to chapter 24 of the little red book in which the Great Gatsby shows individualism and the affects of outside surroundings on the individual. In the Great Gatsby money has a big affect on the individual. In Maoist China, Mao has influence on the individual which is basically to not be one.