On 9 September 1976, Chinese communist revolutionary and dictator, Mao Zedong (aka President or ‘Chairman’ Mao), died aged 82.
The son of a wealthy farmer, Mao became the first Marxist-communist leader of China, proclaiming the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 1 October 1949 with himself as its inaugural President or Chairman.
This proclamation followed his ruthless, victorious leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with its proletariat (ANTIFA-like) Red Army against the incumbent Kuomintang (KMT)-led government of the then Republic of China (ROC). This bloody Marxist revolution (aka the Chinese Civil War) had been going on since the Mao-led Autumn Harvest Uprising in 1927, only pausing through 1937-1945 during the Second Sino-Japanese War when the two sides effectively observed a truce to ward off the more ominous, common and foreign enemy – Japan. In defeat, the ROC’s KMT-led government retreated to the Chinese island of Taiwan where, to this day, the ROC continues to lay claim over mainland China – a one-China policy but with the ROC, not the PRC, in charge (resulting in a political and military standoff ever since).
Between his infamous Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution and other brutal or economically disastrous Marxist-inspired programs, Mao killed between 40 and 80 million of his own people and tops all credible lists of history’s deadliest dictators – see further details below.
Yet Mao is feted by Marxists, intellectuals and ignorant leftists today as a great leader, philosopher and visionary – along with Che Guevara and Vladimir Lenin, whose images are still used to signal left-wing ideology.
Mark the death of Chairman Mao Zedong – first dictator of the PRC – by:
- watching this 1958 documentary on Mao’s China
- viewing and reading this material about the Cultural Revolution
- comparing Mao with other dictators and their murder/death rates
- reading some quotes from his Little Red Book, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, lovers of freedom and those that are not willfully blind to Mao’s atrocities.
Further details on Chairman Mao
Mao was particularly inspired by Marxist-Leninist doctrine and strategies, including the Russian revolutions, ensuing civil war by Lenin and Trotsky’s Red Army and the resulting Soviet Union.
During his 27-year reign as Chinese leader, Chairman Mao implemented a number of “Five Year Plans” including the second called the “Great Leap Forward” (1958-62). The Great Leap Forward was an economic plan to heavily industrialise and urbanise China (as the Marxist Soviet Union did under Stalin in the 1930s) from its largely rural, agrarian subsistence. Without market mechanisms (including basic structures, incentives and signals/pricing), like all other Marxist economic interventions it ended up a disaster and starved or incapacitated millions of his (mostly rural) peasants in the greatest famine of human history.
Mao also infamously instituted his (Great Proletarian) Cultural Revolution (1966 to, in effect, his death in 1976, despite Mao officially declaring it over in 1969). This program sought to cleanse (and “keep clean”) Mao’s PRC of any dissidents and “wrong-thinkers” and solidify his control via:
- killings/executions of his many enemies of state
- instituting hard manual labor in rural “re-education” camps – which appear to have re-appeared, or come back into public consciousness, today
- political persecutions and demotions
- humiliations (via an old Marxist favourite, “the politics of personal destruction”, as the hard-left can never win a comparison on merit or persuade through reason and better argument), and
- intimidation (particularly by groups of young people known as the Red Guards – akin to modern-day ‘ANTIFA’ and other hard-line Marxist groups).
Mao also was a founding member of both:
- the Communist Party of China (CPC), in 1921– the only ruling political party, to this day, of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since it seized power in 1949 by the long bloody revolution, and
- the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army, which undertook so much of its insurgency work in the two decades to 1949.
Mao also foisted onto his populace his “Little Red Book” of quotes (or Maoisms), printing enough copies for everyone in the world to have. To this day it runs second only to the Bible as the most printed book in the world. The ‘Little Red Book’ was a Marxist state strategy to encourage a cult of personality around the Dear Leader.
Despite Mao being hailed in certain leftist circles as a feminist, documents released in 2008 by the US Department of State show Mao declaring women to be a “nonsense” and (as he revealed to famous US diplomat, Henry Kissinger in 1973) that:
“China is a very poor country. We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women… Let them go to your place. They will create disasters. That way you can lessen our burdens.”
Whilst Mao killed between 40 and 80 million of his own people (or was responsible for these “unnatural” or “excess” deaths, including innumerable or unborn female foetuses), he is still feted by Marxists and ignorant leftists today as an inspiration for revolution and socialist or communist utopias.
Mao died just days after his third heart attack of the year rendered him an invalid. He had been a heavy smoker for most of his adult life and by then had developed multiple heart and lung ailments.