True & Honest Fan
These people are mostly chinkaboos who base their beliefs about an imaginary, idealized China on nothing more substantial than a general hatred of the West. I don't think a serious Maoist would consider what is currently going on in China as remotely similar to actual Maoism. It's so stupid it defies belief.That’s fucking retarded. While China never officially underwent destalinization (demaoization?) in the way the Soviet Union did, few of his policies remain (certainly not in the spirit with which they were enacted anyhow). In fact, the party today still seems to hold him and his legacy at arms length.
I also get that my above comment wasn’t what you were talking about rereading it now— I just read a huge biography on Mao and will sperg about it whenever given the chance. Turns out he was kind of a dick.
I think it depends on why they're Stalinists, but by and large, yes. Once you've adopted Stalinism, something even Soviet Russia eventually rejected, you're probably on board with what Mao did, what Pol Pot did, what Enver Hoxha did, and pretty much any atrocity committed in the name of Communism.This is all true but it isn't what I'm talking about, since virtually all Stalinists will also love Mao.
The fact that adopting Stalinism means essentially rejecting Marxism-Leninism eludes them, generally. Either they're just okay with that or they have elaborate justifications for it. This is no defense of Marx or Lenin, and Lenin from a Robespierre-like fanaticism would have done as bad or worse than Stalin did, but at least Lenin was an honest fanatic. Stalin was just a gutter criminal with the wits to end up running an empire.