Surprising to see from The Independent: Communism Kills and Mao Zedong Killed the Most

by the Left Coast Rebel

Many on the left and especially the far, far left turn a blind eye to the murderous record of the late Chairman Mao Zedong of China. In fact I have personally seen the cultish persona on the left that Mao carries to this day. Years ago I came into contact with a family friend’s college thesis from an incredibly liberal state institution of ‘higher’ learning. She shed light on Mao’s ‘incredible’ record on equality and women’s rights (among many other things).

The left couldn’t be any more wrong.

An expert recently had unrivaled access to historical archives from China’s Communist Party and what he found is nothing short of breathtaking:

Mao Zedong, founder of the People’s Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday.

Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Dikötter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing “one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known”.

Mr Dikötter, who has been studying Chinese rural history from 1958 to 1962, when the nation was facing a famine, compared the systematic torture, brutality, starvation and killing of Chinese peasants to the Second World War in its magnitude. At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years; the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million.

Yes, the ‘Great Leap Forward’ turned into the ‘Greatest Mass Murder Forward’ yet some in academia and the far left still consider Mao someone to look up to (even past and present in our own government).

Wake up, America.

Updated: The liberal-left silence at the Memeorandum thread on this Mao article is telling but not surprising.

No, wait, Robert Farley at Lawyers, Guns and Money thinks that Mao wasn’t completely responsible.

Updated x2: Via Silverfiddle, Mark Steyn wrote a great piece on the same topic. Here’s an excerpt.

Hey, that’s pretty impressive when they can’t get your big final-score death toll nailed down to closer than 30 million.
Read the rest here.


Silverfiddle said…

I think it was Mark Steyn who observed that it is a testament to the magnitude of this man's crimes, that people blithely refer to the numbers as 40 to 70 million.

OK, I went and found Steyn's article

Here's the quote:

Hey, that’s pretty impressive when they can’t get your big final-score death toll nailed down to closer than 30 million.

It's a good article and ties in with what you are saying.

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