This is an excerpt/summary of Combat Liberalism, an essay by Mao Tse-tung in 1937. I have changed the text slightly / omitted some things to make it easier to read. I chose to highlight this particular essay because I feel it is extremely relevant to our current times.
Before reading (editor's notes):
The definition of the word liberalism, as used in this essay, is: "willingness to respect or accept behavior or opinions different from one's own; openness to new ideas".
At first glance, this does seem like a very positive thing! Shouldn't we respect and accept others? Of course!
But we should also ask ourselves, is it possible to be too accepting? To give acceptance and respect where it is not due?
If the events in our greater society continue to grow worse, and everyone accepts and respects those choices, things will go much differently than if we resist.
Liberalism manifests itself in various ways.
We could name more. But these eleven are the principal types.
They are all manifestations of liberalism.
Liberalism is extremely harmful in a revolutionary collective. It is a corrosive which eats away unity, undermines cohesion, causes apathy and creates dissension. It robs the revolutionary ranks of compact organization and strict discipline, prevents policies from being carried through and alienates us from the masses which we should serve as a good example for. It is an extremely bad tendency.
Liberalism stems from petty-bourgeois selfishness, it places personal interests first and the interests of the revolution second, and this gives rise to ideological, political and organizational liberalism.
People who are liberals look upon the principles of Marxism as abstract dogma. They approve of Marxism, but are not prepared to practice it or to practice it in full; they are not prepared to replace their liberalism by Marxism. These people have their Marxism, but they have their liberalism as well--they talk Marxism but practice liberalism; they apply Marxism to others but liberalism to themselves. They keep both kinds of goods in stock and find a use for each. This is how the minds of certain people work.
Liberalism is a manifestation of opportunism and conflicts fundamentally with Marxism. It is negative and objectively has the effect of helping the enemy; that is why the enemy welcomes its preservation in our midst. Such being its nature, there should be no place for it in the ranks of the revolution.
We must use Marxism, which is positive in spirit, to overcome liberalism, which is negative. We should have largeness of mind and be staunch and active, looking upon the interests of the revolution as our very lives and subordinating (making less) our personal interests to those of the revolution, of real change; always and everywhere we should adhere to principle and wage a tireless struggle against all incorrect ideas and actions. We should be more concerned about people as a whole than about any one private person, and more concerned about the masses than about ourselves.
We must unite to oppose the liberal tendencies shown by certain people among us, and set them on the right path. This is one of the tasks on our ideological front.