Strategic discourse rarely delves into the interior realm - the world of the
inner mind - as a latent source of power. Although Clausewitz touched upon
the subject, it was Mao Zedong who elaborated upon it and sought to put it
into practice. Mao developed a systematic theory of cognition that
delineated the concept of the idealized mind that could be rectified and
purified to make it serve revolutionary ends. Arguably, it is his concept of
the mind, rather than his thinking on guerrilla warfare, that constitutes
his most enduring strategic legacy in the West. Maoist conceptions of how
the mind could be moulded towards revolutionary ends have been highly
influential upon ideas of strategic conduct, which can be increasingly
discerned in the political practices of contemporary western politics to a
degree rarely acknowledged in contemporary strategic studies.
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