[Marxism] re : Crime
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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