"Marxism–Leninism is a political ideology combining Marxism (the scientific socialist concepts theorised by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels) and Leninism (Vladimir Lenin's theoretical expansions of Marxism which include anti-imperialism, democratic centralism, and Vanguardist party-building principles). Marxism–Leninism was the official ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and of the Communist International (1919–43), making it the guiding ideology of the world communist movement. As such, it is the most prominent ideology associated with communism."
To be fair, I cannot discuss Maoism because I am not versed in it enough. But from what I read it is along the lines of non-Orthodox Marxist thinking, i.e. more similar to Bolshevik thought than Menshevik thought.
Not to say Menshivism was an entirely correct interpretation either, but it was far closer than Bolshevism and what was spawned of it.
Sorry, I don't recognise Wikipedia being a crediable source when the topic is political. You're not dealing with someone who believes if it's on the internet it must be true. I'm older than that.
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What a bunch of ungrateful niggers! What on Earth did the good white man do to them other than abuse, enslave, and slaughter their people for a century? Seriously, they should quit their whining.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran