Thursday, October 01, 2009

The East Ain't Red

Today is Thursday, 1 October 2009.

On this date in 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

Unfortunately for the Chinese people, although Mao had clawed his way to the top of the Chinese Communist Party, he wasn’t a socialist, nor a Marxist, nor a communist, but merely an old-fashioned opportunistic adventurer, lusting after power and privilege. Mao’s corrupt faction would triumph over true Party comrades such as Zhou Enlai and Liu Shaoqi, and replace private market command capitalism with state command capitalism. In this, Mao was the Chinese equivalent of Stalin.

Intellectually, Mao never transcended the backwardness of his peasant origins. The “Great Leap Forward” of 1958 to 1961 produced minimal industrialization, but collectivized agriculture and caused famine, resulting in ca. 30,000,000 surplus deaths. The “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” of 1966 to 1976 succeeded in re-asserting Mao’s leading role, but at the cost of wrecking Chinese society.

Since 1977, when the re-introduction of private market command capitalism began, the tacit bargain has been: the Chinese people tolerate the Party’s dictatorship so long as living standards continue to improve. Today’s strutting 60th anniversary parade in Beijing is a reminder to the people that, should they grow too restive under that bargain, the Party still has the guns.

“But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow …”

Special Note: “On this Glorious Anniversary, the Chinese Communist Party salutes Sam Walton for his visionary strategy of exploiting low-wage Chinese proletarians to produce cheap goods for American proletarians, to the mutual profit of the C.C.P. and Wal-Mart.”


Yo, tea-bag delusionals:

Were Obama a socialist, he wouldn’t squander the people’s money flitting off to Denmark in an attempt to land, for Chicago, one of capitalism’s major advertising orgies, the Summer Olympics. He would have stayed at the White House, laboring for the benefit of the long-suffering people of New Orleans.

But brave little tea baggers valiantly refuse to be enslaved by reason: they proudly wallow in the freedoms of false ideology and bigotry.


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