Hitler is often cited as the example of the most evil person in existence. I suspect this is due to leftist’s love of communism and their attempts to whitewash history. FDR’s beloved “Uncle Joe” killed three times as many people as Hitler, 62 million compared to Hitler’s 21 million. These are human beings, not numbers. 62 million people with families and lives and dreams, all killed for communism, and no one remembers or cares.
But one communist killed even more than Stalin. This was Mao of the People’s Republic of China. Some scholars do not attribute famine deaths to Mao (putting Mao’s numbers far under Stalin’s). But this is a mistake, as explained on this blog post.
From the biography of Mao, which I trust (for those who might question it, look at the hundreds of interviews Chang and Halliday conducted with communist cadre and former high officials, and the extensive bibliography) I can now say that yes, Mao’s policies caused the famine. He knew about it from the beginning. He didn’t care! Literally.
Indeed, wanted to take even more food from the mouths of his starving people in order to increase his export of food. It was all he had to export and he was after power. He was dead set on becoming the head of the international communist movement, and in making China a superpower. He thought he could rule the world. In order to do so, he exported vast quantities of food to the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Third World countries that he was trying to control. Ironically, some communist rulers knew about his famine and thus declined his food, since hey had more to feed their people than he did. With the Soviet Union, he was using food as a quid pro quo for weapons and weapon factories.
Those in the top circle of the CCP tried to alleviate the famine. They were arrested, some tortured, some executed or allowed to die horribly. Even in 1961, he wanted to INCREASE the amount of food taken from the people. But, at great risk to himself, Liu Shao-ch’i (President of the PRC and second in power) ambushed Mao at a CCP conference of 7,000, which agreed with Liu to alleviate the famine. Mao could not forgive Liu and the others, and because he believed he was thus losing control of the CCP, he launched a purge in 1965 called the Cultural Revolution to overthrow the CCP and replace it with the military. About 100,000,000 people were persecuted, and around 3,000,000 were murdered.
So, the famine was intentional. What was its human cost? I had estimated that 27,000,000 Chinese starved to death or died from associated diseases. Others estimated the toll to be as high as 40,000,000. Chang and Halliday put it at 38,000,000, and given their sources, I will accept that.
Now, I have to change all the world democide totals that populate my websites, blogs, and publications. The total for the communist democide before and after Mao took over the mainland is thus 3,446,000 + 35,226,000 + 38,000,000 = 76,692,000, or to round off, 77,000,000 murdered.
This exceeds the 61,911,000 murdered by the Soviet Union 1917-1987, with Hitler far behind at 20,946,000 wiped out 1933-1945.
Communism is evil.
All three were evil beyond words but Mao is in a class by himself. After reading his biography, I wholeheartedly agree that Mao is the worst person that ever lived. As bad as Hitler was, he at least loved his country. Mao loved no one – not his country, his family, no one. Mao and Stalin killed their own with impunity but Mao was purely dark – truly.
You and the blog post you referenced seems to fall in to the same intellectual trap. You don’t question the material you read. The blogpost you quoted said “for those who might question it, look at the hundreds of interviews Chang and Halliday conducted with communist cadre and former high officials, and the extensive bibliography”. However, this is a flawed standard for measuring credibility. Just because the bibliography is extensive doesn’t mean that the information she had was accurate, it just means that she read a number of books when writing hers. In order to truly gauge whether or not her book is accurate in its representation of Mao, you have to read works by other sinologists on the subject as well, you can’t just look at Jung’s book’s bibliography and blindly accept everything she wrote as truth. There are plenty of parts in Jung’s books that discredit her. For example, at the ending, she wrote that as Mao was dying, the last thoughts that stirred in his head were the thoughts of his power. This is unprofessional to the extent of being ludicrous. How can a she, as a historian, presume to know exactly what thoughts were in Mao’s mind? Is she psychic? Can she read minds? The number of times such a thing occurs is staggering. In addition, Jung Chang’s book has been discredited numerous times by her fellow academians. For example, Andrew Nathans provided a review of her book that you can read here:
Before you accuse him of being some “leftist commie regressive libtard scum”, he has authored papers and books criticizing the Communist Party of China’s human rights abuses and policies before and is even a board member of Human Rights Watch Asia and the National Endowment for Democracy.
It’ll take a look. Thanks.