I'm very conflicted about my thoughts on Mao. He contributed many great things like realising class struggle continuing even under the DotP, refining the protracted people's war to the point where even urban guerrillas draw conclusions from it, forming communes that are mostly self-reliant etc. but he failed to act on his conclusions. Like in the GPCR, where his assessment of capitalist roaders existing in a socialist society was correct he failed to root them out. His Hundred Flowers campaign started with right intentions in mind since communism is a mass political movement in which societal dogmas instead of taken as an axiom should be challenged, his later mishandling turned capitalist roaders to scheming because he just unleashed state power upon them instead of engaging and challenging them at every point. Also he didn't manage to select a correct successor to him so milquetoast Hua Guofeng let Deng and his clique advance and capture the party. And he went senile in the 70's.