Archive for the ‘Mao Zedong’ Category

all the (counter-revolutionary) targets were ordered to kneel and kowtow to a huge portrait of Mao at the back of the platform

November 17, 2009

…all the (counter-revolutionary) targets were ordered to kneel and kowtow to a huge portrait of Mao at the back of the platform. While the others did as they were told, my father refused. He said that kneeling and kowtowing were undignified feudal practices which the Communists were committed to eliminating. The Rebels screamed, kicked his knees, and struck him on the head, but he struggled to stand upright. “I will not kneel! I will not kowtow!! he said furiously . . . “I have committed no crime. I will not bend my head!” . . . Several large men jumped on him to try and force him down, but as soon as they let go he stood straight up, raised his head, and stared defiantly at the audience . . . the hysterical crowd screamed that he was “anti-Cultural Revolution . . . ”

Jung Chang, Wild Swans, 1992, Flamingo, London, pp. 439–40

 

 

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Every word of Chairman Mao’s is universal absolute truth, and every word equals ten thousand words

November 14, 2009

Every word of Chairman Mao’s is universal absolute truth, and every word equals ten thousand words.”

Deputy Commander Lin Biao

If you get rid of God you don’t necessarliy get rid of faith – even blind faith.

Wherever I go they prepare for me. I can’t find out the truth

November 14, 2009

Chairman Mao often travelled Chinato find out first hand how things really were. he complaineed however, “Wherever I go they prepare for me. I can’t find out the truth.” Bodyguard Li Yinqiao commented, “On the one hand Mao wanted to discover the truth but on the other hand he could not tolerate anyone who dared to tell the truth.”

Harrison Salisbury, The New Emperors

The human condition is like that: we want truth and authenticity but we aren’t always prepared to face the hard truths about ourselves, others and our condition.

The east is red/the sun rises/China has produced a Mao Tse-tung/he pursues happiness for the people/he is the people’s savior

October 4, 2009

The east is red/the sun rises/China has produced a Mao Tse-tung/he pursues happiness for the people/he is the people’s savior.

Peasant’s Song during Cultural Revolution

Gao Anhua, To the Edge of the Sky, p.145



Wang Jie was training a group of young soldiers to throw live hand grenades. One recruit was nervous and dropped his as he pulled out the pin.The seconds ticked by as he stared, transfixed, at the grenade lying just inches from his feet…

October 3, 2009

Wang Jie was training a group of young soldiers to throw live hand grenades. One recruit was nervous and dropped his as he pulled out the pin.The seconds ticked by as he stared, transfixed, at the grenade lying just inches from his feet. The other trainees threw themselves to the ground, but Wang Jie flung himself forward and covered the grenade with his body just before it exploded. His chest was blown to bits, but his action saved his comrades and the young recruit was unharmed. In his diary he had written, ‘Soldiers armed with Mao-Tse Tung thought are all conquering. For the revolution I fear neither hardships nor death. We must regard Mao-Tse Tung thought as our food, our weapon and our steering wheel and always act according to Mao’s instructions in our daily life.

Gao Anhua, To the Edge of the Sky, p.121

The love of Mao is better

September 13, 2009

The earth is so wide, the sky is so large, the love of the party is larger than them. The love of the father and mother is good, but the love of Mao is better. Everything is good, but the best is socialism. Maoism is the treasure of the revolutionary. Anybody who opposes it is our enemy.

Harry Wu says Chinese schoolchildren learnt this, in, Troublemaker, p.53

Mao and the expendibility of the people

September 8, 2009

Mao repudiated as treasonous the policy of arms-control agreements inaugurated in 1968, and he scoffed at the idea that a thermonuclear war would mean the extinction of life on earth. With astonishing insouciance, he wrote:

If the worst came to the worst, and half of mankind died, the other half would remain while imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world could become socialist; in a number of years there would be 2.7 billion people again.

Richard Pipes, Communism, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2002, p.125

One slogan of the Great Leap Forward pledged, ‘We shall teach the sun and moon to change places. We shall create a new heaven and earth for man.’

ibid., pp.130-31

The Great Leap Forward cost 30 million lives.

Life is plentiful and cheap

September 6, 2009

In Moscow in 1957 Mao, according to Khrushchev, told Communist Party delegates that they should not fear “atomic bombs and missiles.” If the imperialists started a war China might “lose more than three hundred million people. So what? War is war. The years will pass, and we’ll get to work producing more babies than ever before.

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Unintended Consequences

August 4, 2009

There was a Mao Zedong, and he had a little gun,
And his bullets were made of lead, lead, lead;
And he won a lot of wars, and wrote a lot of laws,
But his citizens were barely getting fed, fed, fed.

He gathered new recruits, who hadn’t any boots,
And the colour of his Guards was red, red, red;
Then he chided them to cheer his clever new idea
To harrow every fi eld sparrow dead, dead, dead.

“For sparrows eat the seed our hungry peasants need,
Go and kill them all,” is what he said, said, said;
They parroted his words, and murdered all the birds,
And made a pigeon pie and went to bed, bed, bed.

So many sparrows died, the insects multiplied,
And famine came to visit as they bred, bred, bred;
Then Helmsman Mao Zedong took his nasty little gun,
And shot a lot of traitors in the head, head, head.

http://www.felixdennis.com/poem.php?C=55&T=65&B=1

The law of unintended consequences writ large