So reports the NYT (!) of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” into the truth and beauty of communism. More:
As report after report shows, food was distributed by the spoonful according to merit and used to force people to obey the party. One inspector in Sichuan wrote that “commune members too sick to work are deprived of food. It hastens their death.”
As the catastrophe unfolded, people were forced to resort to previously unthinkable acts to survive. As the moral fabric of society unraveled, they abused one another, stole from one another and poisoned one another. Sometimes they resorted to cannibalism.
Hunger drives people to desperation. Funny how a government committed to equality and fairness for all led to mass starvation and misery, no? The scope of devastation bewilders:
In all, the records I studied suggest that the Great Leap Forward was responsible for at least 45 million deaths.
Between 2 and 3 million of these victims were tortured to death or summarily executed, often for the slightest infraction. People accused of not working hard enough were hung and beaten; sometimes they were bound and thrown into ponds. Punishments for the least violations included mutilation and forcing people to eat excrement.
The latter seems fitting for Thomas Friedman, who was unavailable for comment. Perspective on 45 million: that’s more than the current population of California, the most populous state. Lives snuffed out in the name of Party Unity!
A lesson in communist idealism from Mao himself:
“It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.”
And it is better never to let a government decide who eats and who doesn’t, who lives and who dies.
Oh, the humanity:
One report dated Nov. 30, 1960, and circulated to the top leadership — most likely including Mao — tells how a man named Wang Ziyou had one of his ears chopped off, his legs tied up with iron wire and a 10-kilo stone dropped on his back before he was branded with a sizzling tool. His crime: digging up a potato.
Oremus. Read the rest. It’s enlightening to read what the Marxist apologists populating academia, the NYT and the White House deny or obfuscate. Instapundit:
Communists are as bad as Nazis, and their defenders and apologists are as bad as Nazis’ defenders, but far more common. When you meet them, show them no respect. They’re evil, stupid, and dishonest. They should not enjoy the consequences of their behavior.
(Take that, Thomas Friedman.)
RTR. A reader chimes in defending her Marxist colleagues and their “good intentions.” Fascinating (and true) reply from Reynolds.