What exactly is Self-Crit? I hear it brought up most often by Maoists

Christian Robinson
Christian Robinson

What exactly is Self-Crit? I hear it brought up most often by Maoists. Anyone have first hand experience with it? pic unrelated.

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Wyatt Cruz
Wyatt Cruz

It's ritualized (often public) self-flagellation to rid yourself of thought and behavior that goes against the desires of the collective.
Or alternatively (group) therapy to help you understand how you've been hindering yourself from achieving your ideals.
Depends on how it's done.

Matthew Kelly
Matthew Kelly

There is only way it is to be done.

They established camps and trained for military purposes. The leaders of the United Red Army encouraged their fighters to examine their weaknesses in criticism and self-criticism, and these sessions turned into lynchings. The group purged itself one by one of members deemed not sufficiently revolutionary. Many of the twelve victims died tied to posts in the open, exposed to the elements, but others were beaten to death or slaughtered with knives. The first died on 31 December and the last on 12 February. The United Red Army leaders later did not admit that they had killed, but called it death by defeatism (敗北死 Haiboku shi).[1]

Gavin Williams
Gavin Williams

In the most dictionary definition of self-criticism it is criticizing yourself.

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Benjamin Mitchell
Benjamin Mitchell

It’s literal cult shit.

Self-reflection isn’t bad, but being made to publically declare your sins is stuff cults do, and it’s no accident that the main practitioners of it are self-styled “Maoists”, the closest thing to legitimate “red-fascists”.

Eli Long
Eli Long

Literally just examining your own actions and beliefs and admitting when you were wrong or failed.
When programmers test and debug their code, or take bug reports from QA, that's self-crit. That's all it is. It's an obvious and necessary component of any scientific socialist practice. Hysterical, cult-like "self-crit" is anything but, usually meaning flagellation for underlings and immunity for leadership.

Ryder Harris
Ryder Harris

see
When cults and sects practice self-crit, of course it takes on a cultish aspect! The same goes for gardening/farming, dress codes, reading assignments, donations, group meals, meetings, recruitment, etc. You obviously can't avoid engaging in the same basic activities as a cult if you are creating any kind of organization, as they are the basic activities of organization. Cults are marked by dogmatism, restricted/unscientific thinking, parasitic leadership, psychological control, and so on.

Cooper Ramirez
Cooper Ramirez

Most groups already have a degree of self-criticism in that sense, groups that really emphasizing “self-crit” are almost certainly into the cult shit. People simply reevaluating their actions and admitting mistakes is fairly normal, when this sort of thing is greatly emphasized, it’s the cult shit 99% of the time.

Jose Moore
Jose Moore

Your a dumb shit fucking retarded faggot. I bet you suck cream out of black people. The only person I respect less than you is your slimey-ass mother of a fucking retarded swastika cuck suck dick cuck baby booby brother.
(ok)

Anthony Butler
Anthony Butler

Hello, /b/. What are you doing here?

Jace Reyes
Jace Reyes

youtu.be/zvVHPVe525Q
'love and solidarity'
learn to recognize this stuff

Grayson Young
Grayson Young

More like /s4s/, on a bad day

Jack Gray
Jack Gray

Self-criticism is the revolutionary praxis of admitting ones mistakes and then moving on to do better next time. Without self-criticism, any movement moves away from scientific socialism and into liberalism, putting ones needs above the need of the party and the masses.

Lucas Bell
Lucas Bell

Bretty gud video

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson

Something the Rengou Sekigun perfected:

two defectors were lynched and their bodies buried in Inba numa marsh, Chiba Prefecture. In the winter of 1971–1972 the United Red Army was hiding in the mountains in Gunma Prefecture. They established camps and trained for military purposes. The leaders of the United Red Army encouraged their fighters to examine their weaknesses in criticism and self-criticism, and these sessions turned into lynchings. The group purged itself one by one of members deemed not sufficiently revolutionary. Many of the twelve victims died tied to posts in the open, exposed to the elements, but others were beaten to death or slaughtered with knives. The first died on 31 December and the last on 12 February. The United Red Army leaders later did not admit that they had killed, but called it death by defeatism

Luis Kelly
Luis Kelly

The full story is better:

3 December 1971, in the process of shifting bases, members of the Red Army noted that the RLF had neglected to bring water bottles with them. When Mori heard of this, he seized upon lack of water bottles as a pretext to demand self-criticism from RLF over a number of perceived failings. However, the RLF’s leader, Nagata Hiroko, soon turned the tables. The following day Nagata observed that Tōyama Mieko, a female member of the Red Army, was wearing a ring. Nagata asked Tōyama about the ring, but when no response was forthcoming she addressed the entire group, arguing that Tōyama’s ring represented a problem with the Red Army itself, who on her reckoning had led a spoiled life and were not up to the harsh realities of guerrilla training in the mountains. Nagata then asked Tōyama repeatedly why she had come to the moun- tains, dismissing Tōyama’s answers as missing the point or simply regur- gitations of earlier statements made by Mori. Supported by other female members of the RLF, Nagata also problematised Tōyama’s hairstyle, as well as her clothes and makeup (Nagata 1983, p. 89; Sakaguchi 1993b, pp. 185−186). Finally, she lifted the criticism to an ideological level, questioning Tōyama’s commitment to women’s liberation by asking whether she was the type to ‘wait by the stove and do as she was told by a man’ (Nagata 1983, p. 93).

In his account of the decision to introduce violence, Sakaguchi notes that there was concern whether in fact people would lose consciousness, but that Mori maintained that ‘if you hit someone until their face is swollen to two or three times its normal size they’ll pass out’ (Sakaguchi 1995, p. 256). It was in this vague, violent frame- work that the URA killings took place. One after another, members of the group were subject to a process of denunciation, criticism and group violence, which invariably lead to the death of the person being critiqued.

To begin with, the pair were taken off their normal duties and refused food. The process soon escalated, however. The reason for the escalation is unclear, either Nagata saw Katō and Kojima kissing, which enraged her (Sakaguchi 1993b, p. 254–255) or Kojima accused Katō of molesting her in the night (Nagata 1983, p. 164). Whatever the reason, it was here that Mori decided that violence needed to be added to the sōkatsu process. Framing this new development in terms of ‘guidance’ (shidō) and ‘assistance’ (enjo), Mori decided that the group should beat those subject to sōkatsu into unconsciousness, with the understanding being that when they woke up they would be closer to achieving communist subjectivity. From the night of 26 December 1971 to the 27th, Katō was bound and beaten (including by his two younger brothers, who were also present) but did not pass out. Kojima was also beaten. Although the two offered up a number of confessions, Mori dismissed them as not enough to warrant the cessation of sōkatsu, and the beating continued. When it finally ended, Katō was bound to a post in the cabin. The fact that he did not pass out was taken as evidence that he had not succeeded at sōkatsu, but in clear contradiction to this assessment, Mori subsequently decided that, so as to hasten the onset of unconsciousness, in the future the punches and kicks should be aimed at the body rather than the face. On the 28th, Kojima was suspected of planning escape and also tied up.

According to Sakaguchi’s memoirs, Ozaki continued to maintain the RLF’s pre-URA ideo- logical line of anti-capitalist Patriotism, which originated from the jailed Kawashima and which Mori viewed as indicative of right-wing tendencies within RLF. Thus, the threat Ozaki posed to Mori’s absolute ideological authority may have been Mori’s motivation for targeting him (Sakaguchi 1993b, pp. 272–273). Under harsh criticism from Mori and, subsequently, other members of the RLF, Ozaki engaged in self- criticism, and finally admitted that Shibano Haruhiko had invited him along on the RLF’s police box raid of the previous year, but that he had wriggled out of the attack and, as such, had ‘let Shibano die’ (Nagata 1988, p. 188; Sakaguchi 1993b, p. 275). In response, Mori ordered Ozaki to overcome his defeatism by reenacting the police box attack, with Sakaguchi playing the role of the policeman. Due to the mismatch between the two, however, the much bigger Sakaguchi easily beat back Ozaki’s attacks.

Christian Wright
Christian Wright

Later, Ozaki asked for a tissue, which Mori used as an opportunity to proclaim to the group that indeed Ozaki’s sōkatsu was not yet complete and that he should be beaten. The group agreed and Ozaki was pulled from his sleeping bag, beaten and ordered to stand and concentrate on his sōkatsu. He soon collapsed and was tied up. On 31 December, after asking for food, Ozaki was beaten further by the other members of the group who, following Mori’s earlier observation regarding Katō, focussed their punches on Ozaki’s midsection. Ozaki soon died of his injuries.
With the crisis caused by Ozaki’s death resolved, on 1 January 1972, the Red Army’s Shindō Ryūzaburō, whose commitment to the cause was considered weak, and who Mori suspected of wanting to escape, was designated for sōkatsu. After being beaten, Shindō was tied up outside in the freezing cold and soon died. That night Kojima was also found to have died.

Bentley Bailey
Bentley Bailey

Are you suggesting repeating the phrase “love and solidarity” or “solidarity” is cult behavior?

Easton Allen
Easton Allen

Most groups already have a degree of self-criticism in that sense
Makes u think

groups that really emphasizing “self-crit” are almost certainly into the cult shit
What does it mean to "really emphasize" it? I would say that most Marxist Leninist, Trot, and MLM groups in the West are cults, regardless of whether they emphasize self-crit by name. Same for anarkiddie groups actually. The reason is that real Marxist organization is at one of the lowest points in history in the West. When Marxist, pro-worker organizations get big again, we will naturally see the sects and cults pushed to the side.

Brandon Gray
Brandon Gray

muh cults
Cults don't exist. It is a pejorative term against any group which is outside of mainstream society. Communist groups, by definition, are all cults in the view of brainwashed proles and their porky masters

Owen Morris
Owen Morris

shitposter

Nathan Cooper
Nathan Cooper

The concept of self-crit always made me think of the fagellants.

Benjamin Roberts
Benjamin Roberts

some maoist mystical bullshit

Dominic Price
Dominic Price

Wow, you sure proved me wrong. Go on, keep telling yourself that self and mutual criticism is merely the tactic of cults and keep wondering why you are not successful in fostering truly revolutionary consciousness

Zachary Cruz
Zachary Cruz

Mortification for marxists.

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Isaiah Gutierrez
Isaiah Gutierrez

Self-crit is literally just public self criticism to my understanding, its in the name

Joshua Bennett
Joshua Bennett

not necessarily

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