Military Strategy Magazine - Volume 8, Issue 1

Volume 8, Issue 1, Summer 2022 4 The Strategy of the Mind: Maoism and Culture War in the West David Martin Jones and M.L.R. Smith About the author David Martin Jones is Visiting Professor at the University of Buckingham, UK. M.L.R. Smith is Professor of Strategic Theory at King’s College, London, UK. They are authors of The Strategy of Maoism in the West: Rage and Radical Left (Cheltenham, UK/Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar, 2002). The political condition within Western societies has, in recent years, increasingly been cast in terms of a ‘culture war’ between radically opposed value systems: between those that want to preserve a pluralistic society where the right to freedom of expression is upheld against those who believe that society should be protected from offensive behaviours and ‘hatespeech’, which are embedded within systems of structural discrimination and oppression. What has this condition got to do with the ghost of the Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-tung? More than one might think. The legacy of Mao’s struggle for power in China, and his strategic formulations for winning power, casts a long – and little To cite this article: Martin Jones, David, and Smith, M.L.R., “The Strategy of the Mind: Maoism and Culture War in the West,” Military Strategy Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 1, summer 2022, pages 4-10. Photo 32858264 / Mao © Imran Ahmed |