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Daemon
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Mao Zedong

Chairman Mao established the People's Republic of China in 1949. His Great Leap Forward, an economic plan launched in 1958 to modernize and industrialize China, was an unmitigated disaster that eventually led to the starvation of tens of millions of people. He later launched a movement to eliminate counterrevolutionary elements in the country's institutions, leading to the destruction of much of China's cultural heritage and the imprisonment of many Chinese intellectuals. What was it called? More...
Bryn Kinnaird
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 5:29:27 AM

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Another world leader that was only interested in his own well being and not of the people he claimed to support or work for.
Omar Mariani
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 7:03:55 AM

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Another saviour unable to save himself
striker
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 10:36:30 AM
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still a horrible dictator
Gary98
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 2:02:29 PM

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Omar Mariani wrote:
Another saviour unable to save himself


A product of its time, Mao did lead China getting rid of western imperialism. How many saviours have saved themselves?
Gary98
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 2:06:44 PM

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Bryn Kinnaird wrote:
Another world leader that was only interested in his own well being and not of the people he claimed to support or work for.


Is Mao full of himself? Sure. Then anyone who can and have done what Mao has done will be likely the same. Mao can't be someone above and out of Chinese culture.
jjkltltlt
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 2:16:17 PM

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not a good leader
Gary98
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 6:11:14 PM

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jjkltltlt wrote:
not a good leader


Consider his humble start, and how he beat and drove Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan, he was a remarkable leader in fighting others. He is highly destructive, domineering, suspicious, not much constructive though.
Gary98
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 6:16:21 PM

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jjkltltlt wrote:
not a good leader


You can say he is an evil genius. Still many Chinese are grateful to him now considering he and his communist party drove the imperial west out of China.
Gary98
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 6:23:04 PM

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striker wrote:
still a horrible dictator


Were he not the dictator he was, not many will ever know or heard him. He would be long gone before the establishment of PRC.

Yes, still a horrible dictator.
Gary98
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 6:34:46 PM

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"[Mao] turned China from a feudal backwater into one of the most powerful countries in the World ... The Chinese system he overthrew was backward and corrupt; few would argue the fact that he dragged China into the 20th century. But at a cost in human lives that is staggering."
— "Biography" 2005

"At a cost in human lives that is staggering" because he and his communist party do not really know what the heck they were doing or where they are going, all the power grabbing and infighting.
TB Turtle
Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 7:11:08 PM

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Gary98 is well versed regarding China. Thank you.
Fredric-frank Myers
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Good read, as always.
L.Rai
Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2014 9:10:32 PM

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Just remember Mao didn't act alone....neither did Hitler, or Stalin, or Kim Jong-il, or..well you get the picture. It's easy to point the finger at one person but we need to remember many others were also to blame.
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