Collectivist tyranny's bitter harvest.
Mao Ze-Dong, the worst mass murderer in history. Counting the famine and purges in China and Tibet, he probably killed almost 80,000,000 people.
I am currently reading several books in my insomniac nights, among them Yang JiSheng's Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine. (Here's a Boston Globe Review.)
No one knows exactly how many Chinese perished in this government-created holocaust from 1958 to 1962, a period the Chinese call ""Three Bitter Years". Jisheng, a Chinese journalist whose father died in the famine, estimates at least 35 million (the low end of the scale). Western analysts place it as high as 45-50 million. While its own people were starving, Mao actually INCREASED China's food exports to other Communist Bloc countries for foreign policy leverage. (Here's an excellent resource on-line to get you acquainted with this horror.) Not surprisingly, Jisheng's book is banned in China.
The bodyguard of lies that protects the murderers. A PRC propaganda poster "To show giant ears of wheat and maize to Chairman Mao" while its own people were starving by the millions.
Strangely, Mao remains pretty popular in China, just as FDR and Wilson does here. Mass murderers are always hugely popular. People must share certain characteristics with lemmings.
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