[Marxism] re : Crime

Daniel Koechlin d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Mon Oct 5 16:38:45 MDT 2009

As regards Mao, I (and most non-maoists) don't know where to begin.

That he started off in the Kuomintang, rose up the ranks, then switched 
to the CCP when he could go up no further, then rose up the ranks of the 
CCP, then had an entire CCP army massacred so that he could blame the 
generals and get control of another CCP army, then purged that army of 
all dissenters to his rule (35% of the soldiers were executed), was then 
sacked by the rest of the (alarmed) CCP leadership, then rejoined the 
Kuomintang, then betrayed the Kuomintang but managed to keep hold of an 
army, then made deals with local warlords so that he could force march 
his army across China away from the pro-Russian CCP leadership, then 
proceeded to once more execute 40%  of his soldiers, then  betrayed  the 
rest of the CCP leadership before becoming chairman of the Politburo.

 From 1923 to 1949, Mao  killed 3.7 million people in his "red bases".

But his power was not absolute within the CCP, and in the early 60s he 
began to be marginalized. He clung on to power and mobilized the 
students to eliminate all opposition ("the cultural revolution"). In so 
doing, he became the greatest mass murderer in known history. An 
estimated 74 million people died during the 1955-1975 period.

Unlike Stalin or Hitler, Mao never seems to have really believed in 
anything else apart from his own well-being. While his soldiers were on 
the march, he always comandeered the most luxurious properties to stay 
the night in. He had three well-trained personal physicians always on 
attendance. He would always observe a battle from afar, a radio operator 
nearby, so that he could either radio a triumphalist message or be the 
first to blame his lieutenants for any mishap.

He kow-towed to Stalin, heaping lavish and hypocritical praises on the 
"father of socialism" while it suited him. And when it did not, he had 
ALL former  members of the CCP shot overnight.

He considered himself a poet in his youth, then a philosopher (in his 
30s), and finally a great thinker (in his 50s), and had his little red 
book distributed to every household.

That such a man is worthy of anything but utter contempt is beyond me.


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