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Maoist Internationalist Movement

1999 Party Congress: Session II

"Free speech" under the dictatorship of the proletariat

Written January 25, 1999

The dictatorship of the proletariat is defined as a stage of struggle between capitalism and communism. The final goal of communism is the classless and stateless society. The dictatorship of the proletariat is also defined as organized force to protect the non-negotiable interests of the people for food, clothing, shelter, medicine, and a pollution-free and militarism-free environment--survival rights. The dictatorship of the proletariat is further defined by its repression of those who put property or profit rights or other exchange- value goals above the survival rights. It also represses those who seek to cause strife within the dictatorship of the proletariat, by for example agitating for violence against the party.

When the last imperialist power has been defeated, the party will permit the beginning of discussion of challenges to the need for party rule. When such party rule is open to challenge, the party will take stock of the challenges to the dictatorship of the proletariat to see how much progress there has been in instilling belief in survival rights and harmonious economic and cultural behavior. If the party judges this progress sufficient and dissolves itself into the people, then the people will have the duty of protecting survival rights directly. If a new threat to survival rights arises and the final advance to superior stages of communism needs to be put off, the people will be obliged to form a new proletarian party to guide the use of organized force against the enemy.

Upon the successful completion of initial stages of revolution, which will happen after the current imperialism collapses and becomes "truly helpless" as Mao said, a portion of imperialist country citizens will be deprived of citizenship rights completely. Such was also necessary after the U.$. civil war when various slaveowners refused to recognize the Union or the citizenship of former slaves.

Repression under the dictatorship of the proletariat will take three main forms--execution, prison or re- education camp. Execution will be reserved for murder and services to military enemies. At the other extreme, casual mistaken expression of bourgeois thoughts will not result in being sent to re-education camp, but organized and active expression will. Mistaken bourgeois thoughts will be used by professionals in the government and party for purposes of refutation and enlightenment--a reminder of ideological priorities.

Prison and re-education camp

Those who have engaged in violent opposition or spying or other services to military enemies of the dictatorship of the proletariat may be executed. Others guilty of the crime of murder amongst the people may also be executed. The party will make public at all times a list of the military enemies of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

Prison conditions

If economic conditions at the time of the revolution are as good or better as they are in the world in 1999, then MIM will guarantee that prison conditions will be the most "cushy" seen in history. In the event that there is a serious food shortage in the imperialist countries or the world on the event of crises caused by the moribund class system, we will not make any guarantees on the conditions provided to prisoners. We will not be feeding class enemies when the proletariat is still starving. The following applies in more generous conditions, such as after the overthrow of imperialism and military defeat of counterrevolution.

Prisoners are those who need confinement and physical restraint to keep from damaging the dictatorship of the proletariat with violence, sabotage or espionage.

Prisoners will have national heath care, libraries, reading materials of their choice and exercise and recreation facilities comparable with what is found outside prison walls. Prisoners will also have the duty of work to make restitution for their victims.

Re-education camp

Re-education camp is for those who are not a violent threat to society. Members of re-education camps will have every privilege afforded to prisoners but they will be more exposed to the open community. Internees will differ from the public in being limited to a central geographic local and buildings.

Re-education camp is for those who act out against the dictatorship of the proletariat without violence, sabotage or espionage. The expression of an opinion that property rights should be higher than survival rights will result in being sent to camp. Those who wish to check into a camp for urges contrary to the dictatorship of the proletariat may do so, and will be honored for trying to nip a problem in the bud.

Many comrades will also go to re-education camp from time to time to brush up on their politics in the context of different material conditions, perhaps in a poverty-stricken zone of former capitalism or semi- feudalism (if comrades in the Third World agree to take our re-education camp internees).

Thought reform re-educators

In imperialist country experience, there is little reference point for the camps that were created in China for thought reform. The thought reform personnel will be most like reverends, clergy and rabbis except with scientific substance to their arguments and a materialist ideological agenda--no concern for the afterlife. Re-educators are not in camp or prison to take perverse or sadistic pleasure with internees. Re-educators are instead some of the most self-sacrificing people there are in their concern for all people.

Reports that re-educators deprive their internees of books, magazines, papers, pens, computers or any other privileges granted will result in transfer to another occupation. Care will be taken to organize multiple level checking on the administration of prisons and thought reform camps. All officials of the dictatorship of the proletariat are always welcome to retire into other professions so as not to damage the prestige of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Jobs are always guaranteed under the dictatorship of the proletariat and required for the able-bodied adults. In some cases administrators will be wrongfully transferred out of prison or re-education camp, because we cannot take the chance of abusing internees. This will have no grave impact on public servants who will simply take jobs elsewhere.

The public

The public is exposed to professional propagators of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism through the cultural and media organs and various social institutions of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Both in re-education camp and in the public, the party proceeds with full confidence that it will win its public opinion battles and learn with the masses as is necessary in the march to communism.

The public will enjoy greater "free speech" rights than they do under U.$. imperialism with the exception of those prisoners deprived of their citizenship rights.

1. Restrictions on public postering will be eliminated except on residential buildings.

2. Large and convenient bulletin boards will be placed on every block. Boards covered over will be evidence for the need to build more.

3. There will be convenient places to leave literature along with such bulletin boards.

4. There will be no arrests in any non-residential building or premise for quiet distribution of literature. The only exception will be for high government officials

meeting and who face threat of assassination--the Central Committee and government officials above a certain rank.

5. Arrests for vocal discussion will be limited to places where there is a need for meetings and orderly work. Cafeterias, outdoor sidewalks and most indoor hallways will be legally required to allow vocal discussion.

6. Meeting halls of public buildings will be made available for meetings to the public. If necessary more will be constructed.

Government bureaucrats interfering with the "free speech" of the public will be transferred to jobs where they have no such possibility.

Restrictions

1. Those advocating opposition to the dictatorship of the proletariat as defined at the top of the document will go to prison or re-education camp and thereby not enjoy all full public citizenship rights.

2. Sale of pornography will be forbidden. Distribution of nude photographs paid for by the photographer or persyn who signed a consent form to be displayed in photographs will always be legal, but government authorities may require a registration for financial bookkeeping purposes. Those publicly distributing nude photos of children 12 and under will be sent to re-education camp, whether money spent was their own or not.

3. Any non-party literature or other device for public opinion building will be paid for by individual members of the public with money from salary and no outside capitalist money or stolen sources of wealth will be used to promote any opinion of the non-party public.

Stimulation

1. MIM will not order the government to censor the INTERNET except on questions of the dictatorship of the proletariat and party rule.

2. USENET groups such as talk.rape, alt.activism.death-penalty, alt.politics.greens etc. will be permitted, partly for stimulation of the minds in imperialist countries, partly to bring to the surface bourgeois thoughts in need of professional proletarian refutation and partly because there will continue to be problems in all these areas under the dictatorship of the proletariat. The need for stimulation is especially great in the depoliticized imperialist countries. Many middle-class peoples will come under the dictatorship of the proletariat without ever knowing that the world's majority of people suffered threats to their survival on a daily basis.

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