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Monday, October 1, 2012

The Silence that Preceded China’s Great Leap into Famine

The Silence that Preceded China’s Great Leap into Famine. I'm sharing this because a) it's historically interesting and b) because of that whole, "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it," thing.

If you don't know anything about it, the "Great Leap Forward" was an attempt by communist China's founder Mao Tsedung to take China from a backwards, Third World nation into one that was on par with England. It ended with the death by starvation of untold millions of people. Was Mao sad about this? No. His basic attitude was, China has so many people, she can afford to lose a few.

Anyway, the article's a good reminder that people who talk about tolerance must practice what they preach. Otherwise, how are they any better than Mao and his ilk? At the very least, there is a greater danger they will drift in his direction.

Also, notice how the communist leadership took exactly the wrong lesson from "The 100 Flowers" campaign. The discontent was so wide and deep, shouldn't they have tried to correct some of the things about which people were complaining?

Anyway, read on, and I hope you enjoy!

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