Friday, September 28, 2012

Esquire Magazine December 1967 - Sharon Tate and Mao Tse-tung

A Beginner’s Guide to Mao Tse-tung

The little red book which contains hightlights from The thought of Mao Tse-tung is the most influential volume in the world today. It is also extremely dull and entirely unmemorable. To resolve this paradox, we, a handful of editors in authority who follow the capitalist road, thought useful to illustrate certain key passages in such a way that they are more likely to stick in the mind. The visual aid is Sharon Tate and, to give credit where credit, God knows, is due, she will soon be seen in the Twentieth Century-Fox motion picture, Valley of the Dolls.

1. Every communist must grasp the truth, "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

"Problems of War and Strategy" (November 6, 1938)

 2. Our fundamental task is to adjust the use of labor power in an organized way and to encourage women to do farm work.

"Our Economic Policy" (January 23, 1934)

3. How is Marxist-Leninist theory to be linked with the practice of the Chinese revolution? To use a common expression, it is by "shooting the arrow at the target." As the arrow is to the target, so is Marxism-Leninism to the Chinese revolution. Some comrades, however, are "shooting without a target," shooting at random, and such people are liable to harm the revolution.

"Rectify the Party's Style of Work" (February 1, 1942)

4.The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you. The world belongs to you. China’s future belongs to you.

Talk at a meeting with Chinese students and trainees in Moscow (November 17, 1957)

5. ...the flattery of the bourgeoisie may conquer the weak-willed in our ranks. There may be some Communists, who were not conquered by enemies with guns and were worthy of the name of heroes for standing up to these enemies, but who cannot withstand sugar-coated bullets. We must guard against such a situation.

"Report to the Second Plenary Session of the Seventh Central Committee of the Communist Party Of China"

(March 5, 1949)

6.Whoever wants to know a thing has no way of doing so except by coming into contact with it, that is, by living (practicing) in its environment. ...If you want knowledge, you must take part in the practice of changing reality. If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself.

"On Practice" (July, 1937)

Thanks... Goomba!


Anonymous said...

Thanks goomba!!

Now I will go back and read the words

Matt said...

Hmmm. From what I have gathered Roman Polanski was at the time a true communist. But with this - like everything else - played by his own rules (living the Hollywood jet set life).

That being said, is Sharon supporting Roman being a communist, or is this just Esquire poking fun at Mao while also giving the movie a plug? My sense is that Sharon was doing her part to promote the movie.

Unknown said...

I suspect this was just Esquire playing around with a topic that was prevalent at the time... from what I know (I certainly wasn't alive back then) Mao was in vogue with progressives in the West. The Yippies certainly used to brandish the Little Red Book.

My advice regarding the LRB: don't bother with it. Esquire's right, it's rubbish. The fact the New Left thought it was so groovy is just further proof of how twisted on drugs everyone was back then!

CarolMR said...

Matt, I don't think that's true. I have read interviews with Roman in which he says he doesn't understand Hollywood's love affair with Communism. He said he's lived under both Nazism and Communism and they were both horrific, especially for those in the arts. He was also happy when the Berlin Wall fell and when the anti-Communist and fellow Pole, Pope John II, was made Pope.

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Leigh said...

Roman Polanski was not a communist. He gave an interview a few years ago to Interview Magazine and I recall he ridiculed some of the figures of the French New Wave for their faux revolutionary posturing. Having lived through both Nazism and Soviet-style communism he's always indicated that he felt they were both awful systems.

(Also, sorry for the deleted comment above - I didn't realize my husband was already signed into Blogger so accidentally posted it under his username the first time.)

Leigh said...

CarolMR - you're right; sorry if my comment was repetitive!

A.C. Fisher Aldag said...;fdmodule NY Film festival dissects Roman Polanski's arrest.

CarolMR said...

No problem, Leigh!

toocrowdedinthishouse said...

I love seeing photos of Sharon, particularly the ones I don't remember ever seeing before. I do not like the one with the gun in her hand or the one with the bullet belt (because I think they are a teeny bit unflattering to her perfect body, not because of the gun or the bullets), but the other photos really do show amazing face and gorgeous figure. The shots are all fun and irreverent; typical Esquire! And the one with the mushy pear dripping down her chin, LOL! Thanks for posting these.

Panamint Patty said...

I dunno. I find these photos really poignant. The capture the mood of the time, the sentiment that helped to lead our beloved perps to do what they done. We must remember the context of the times and Sharon is giving it to us right here. RIP

Panamint Patty said...

Patty sounds like a goddamned apologist and for this she is sorry. Her humanism runs away with her sometimes.

Ajerseydevil said...

Fantastic photos of Sharon Wow

fiona1933 said...

They are nice but the sexism, Jesus. I hate communism, but at least Mao said "women hold up half the sky". The girls of China were inspired to fulfil their potential, not lie around on fur rugs. Somehow this set leaves a bad taste to me.