Eleven rules of the Red Army

Before the revolution, the Red Army in China had the following eleven rules, divided into two groups, one of three, the other of eight.

The three preliminary rules:

1. Prompt obedience to orders

2. No confiscations whatever from the poor peasantry

3. Prompt delivery directly to the government (Red soviets), for its disposal, of all goods confiscated from the landlords

The eight key rules, with a focus on dealings with peasants:

1. Replace all doors when you leave a house (!)

2. Return and roll up the straw matting on which you slept

3. Be courteous and polite to the people and help them when you can

4. Return all borrowed articles

5. Replace all damaged article

6. Be honest in all transactions with the peasants

7. Pay for all articles purchased

8. Be sanitary, and, especially, establish latrines a safe distance from people’s houses

Apparently, these eight form a song, sung on the march or while working.


11 thoughts on “Eleven rules of the Red Army

  1. The Communist Party-led New People’s Army of the Maoist-inspired revolutionary movement in the Philippines also uses the same rules for the conduct of its red fighters. It’s popularly known as “3-8” and is also sung in many revolutionary songs translated in various regional languages.

    1. George, you are one of few who does not think that merely beaming thoughts from your head will change the world. That is a particular affliction of self-styled progressive intellectuals – I’m thinking here of the likes of Sarah Ahmed.

      1. “I’m thinking here of the likes of Sarah Ahmed.”

        My initial thought was that you were damning me with faint praise.
        Sarah Ahmed, is a freelance wine writer and educator at The Wine Detective.


        Then it occured to me that you might mean Sara Ahmed.
        As in the Professor in Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College.

        You knew that Goldsmiths is in Lewisham?

        Of course it’s not proof of your omniscience, but I have to say that I’m impressed.

      2. I wasn’t looking for complements. I’m a modest person with good reason to be modest.

        It’s just that you were comparing me with some sort of sociologist.

        Nothing against my sociologist colleagues, but, imagine; a sociologist…

        Question: What do you get if you cross a sociologist with a Mafioso?

        Answer: An offer you can’t understand.

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