Last year, Anita Dunn, President Obama’s former White House Communications Director, said her two favorite political philosophers were Mao Zedong and Mother Theresa. Why she included Mother Theresa when she wasn’t a politician or a philosopher I will never understand.
But how does she explain Mao Zedong being a favorite philosopher? What could she have possibly liked about his philosophy considering he murdered his own citizens by the millions? I’d also like to know if she would like to amend her comments now that it’s been confirmed that Chairman Mao’s legacy is covered with blood of 45 million Chinese men, women, and children.
Mao Zedong exterminated 45 million of his citizens during his “Great Leap Forward.” That’s 45 million Chinese citizens starved, worked, or beaten to death in a span of four years. The evil that Communists are willing to commit has no limit:
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”…
Between 1958 and 1962, a war raged between the peasants and the state; it was a period when a third of all homes in China were destroyed to produce fertiliser and when the nation descended into famine and starvation, Mr Dikötter said…
State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off. One record shows how a man was branded with hot metal. People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 per cent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.
When a government determines that the collective must be protected at all costs, it can justify any action no matter how monstrous.
Hat tip: Ace of Spades