October 30, 2009

GIVE 'EM MAO, HARRY:

Sixty Years of Maoism (George J. Marlin, 10/28/09, The Catholic Thing)

Throughout October there’s been plenty of fussing over the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Editorials world wide have saluted China’s growing economic and political influence. The Empire State Building lit up in red and yellow to commemorate the occasion. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman described the totalitarian regime as enlightened: “One-­­­­party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the twenty-first century.”

In Washington, White House Director of Communications Anita Dunn praised Mao Zedong’s political philosophy and called him a great defender of individualism. And Barack Obama, fearing to offend China, committed the most cowardly presidential act since President Ford declined to meet Nobel laureate Solzhenitsyn in 1975, by refusing to see the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been fighting Chinese oppression on his Tibetan people for half a century – the Dalai Lama. [...]

Mao enthusiastically adopted Lenin’s most violent terrorist techniques because he was a vile bloodthirsty thug. From 1920 to 1976 Mao murdered more people than Hitler and Stalin combined – 70-million Chinese. The “Great Famine” (1958-1961) in which 40-million perished was a direct result of Mao’s farm collectivization policies. To eliminate tens of millions of imagined enemies he ordered the “Great Leap Forward” (1958) and the “Cultural Revolution” (1966-1968) which he privately referred to as the “Great Purge.”

Mao attempted to control every form of social intercourse. Merely having a dinner party, use of humor or sarcasm could be – and were – deemed criminal activities that warranted the death penalty. And he was proud of these policies: Mao told his fellow gangsters at the 1958 party conference that they should welcome, not fear, party policies that cause people to die.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 30, 2009 6:09 AM
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