ask them if the actually know what they're praising.
Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Dikötter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing "one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known".
Mr Dikötter, who has been studying Chinese rural history from 1958 to 1962, when the nation was facing a famine, compared the systematic torture, brutality, starvation and killing of Chinese peasants to the Second World War in its magnitude. At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years; the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million.
Mr Dikötter is the only author to have delved into the Chinese archives since they were reopened four years ago. He argued that this devastating period of history – which has until now remained hidden – has international resonance. "It ranks alongside the gulags and the Holocaust as one of the three greatest events of the 20th century.... It was like [the Cambodian communist dictator] Pol Pot's genocide multiplied 20 times over," he said.
I know most of you already know at least some of this; it's amazing how much the 'education' machine in this country and Europe has worked to cover this crap up, or give it 'perspective'(i.e. make excuses for the commie murderers).
And this is why, every time some jackass academic suckup to The Lightworker starts talking about people as products, as "We have to decide if it's worth letting them have this treatment" parts of a machine...
His book, Mao's Great Famine; The Story of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, reveals that while this is a part of history that has been "quite forgotten" in the official memory of the People's Republic of China, there was a "staggering degree of violence" that was, remarkably, carefully catalogued in Public Security Bureau reports, which featured among the provincial archives he studied. In them, he found that the members of the rural farming communities were seen by the Party merely as "digits", or a faceless workforce. For those who committed any acts of disobedience, however minor, the punishments were huge.
Yeah, can't let any individuals clog up the Party works, no matter how slightly.
And the same kind of morons who like Mao tend to also like his lesser light Che, the Cuban Mao Wannabe. And want to follow in Mao's footsteps, like Obama's old friends Ayers and Dohrn want to.