I cry whenever I read stories of communist China. Brutal. Let it be known too that there are brutal people everywhere. And once the government encourages them to violence, watch out. Once the government has given them privileged status, watch out. Where a group was once a minority and then becomes a majority, particularly by way of political correctness, watch out.
And BTW, young kids in college get duped into this communist thinking because they are fairly illiterate and they get hypnotized by fairness and equality by some tenured professor making $75,000 or more. These professors snare uncritical minds to join a movement of high-octane futility while parsing out and condoning the unpalatable aspects of mass murder. Do not expect any rational explanation of a socialist or communist economy; they won’t have one because they don’t study economics. But they have cooked, steamed, and marinated their burning indignation with historical injustices that involved their grandmother or ancestors. Of course government has done horrible things to its own people. And you should not forget this. But is it worth to turn your life into the leading sales rep. in the Grievance Industry? On behalf of whom? Whom are you serving? Unless you’re going to write books, you want to be very careful not to let your time and productive energy get eaten up by the horrors of the past. You should not be surprised at what governments have done to people in the name of saving them. Let me count the ways. See this for an understanding as to what government can do.
On economics, learn it. This will serve your moral and ethical cravings perhaps as much as any unearthing of injustice of the past. And it’s more interesting by far. An economic understanding of life actually helps you to build a life, whereas digging and digging to use information to condemn a group, often times invented or distorted by history, may not be as productive. On economics, start here, here, here, and here. Your professors treat history and literature as the only subjects worthy of consideration since this is what earned them their bones at the great university and it’s what they base their career, I mean, paycheck on. These professors sadly are economically illiterate and yet they use the classroom to recruit for their clandestinely-run communist organizations. It’s good that light is shone on these dweebs, these gimps.
In the People’s Republic of China, archives do not belong to the people, they belong to the Communist Party. They are often housed in a special building on the local party committee premises, which are generally set among lush and lovingly manicured grounds guarded by military personnel. Access would have been unthinkable until a decade or so ago, but over the past few years a quiet revolution has been taking place, as increasing quantities of documents older than 30 years have become available for consultation to professional historians armed with a letter of recommendation. The extent and quality of the material varies from place to place, but there is enough to transform our understanding of the Maoist era.
…What comes out of this massive and detailed dossier is a tale of horror in which Mao emerges as one of the greatest mass murderers in history, responsible for the deaths of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but also the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction. When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, local boss Xiong Dechang forced his father to bury him alive. The father died of grief a few days later. The case of Wang Ziyou was reported to the central leadership: one of his ears was chopped off, his legs were tied with iron wire, a ten kilogram stone was dropped on his back and then he was branded with a sizzling tool – punishment for digging up a potato.
…Fresh evidence is also being unearthed on the land reform that transformed the countryside in the early 1950s. In many villages there were no ‘landlords’ set against ‘poor peasants’ but, rather, closely knit communities that jealously protected their land from the prying eyes of outsiders – the state in particular. By implicating everybody in ‘accusation meetings’ – during which village leaders were humiliated, tortured and executed while their land and other assets were redistributed to party activists recruited from local thugs and paupers – the communists turned the power structure upside down. Liu Shaoqi, the party’s second-in-command, had a hard time reining in the violence, as a missive from the Hebei archives shows: ‘When it comes to the ways in which people are killed, some are buried alive, some are executed, some are cut to pieces, and among those who are strangled or mangled to death, some of the bodies are hung from trees or doors.’
And yet, some Chinese still try to glorify Mao
But maybe Americans shouldn’t be so judgmental. After all, Americans have their idol too.