Friday, September 17, 2010

What Passes as "Cool"

Something to forward to those who wear Mao or Che Guevera logos - from recently examined Chinese archives (The Independent via Ann Althouse, em mine):

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. [...] Between 1958 and 1962, a war raged between the peasants and the state; it was a period when a third of all homes in China were destroyed to produce fertiliser and when the nation descended into famine and starvation, Mr Dik├Âtter said.

For those who committed any acts of disobedience, however minor, the punishments were huge. State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off. One record shows how a man was branded with hot metal. People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 per cent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.
In the face of this evidence, what defies imagination is that there are those who blame colonial powers for China's poverty, saying they robbed China of its resources prior to Mao's ascendence.

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