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Thoughts on Mao and Deng


While reading about the exploits of Mao, and then again Deng Xiaoping, my mouth kept dropping open in sheer disbelief. It is hard to believe someone could be as deranged as either of these men and not get stopped. Totalitarianism, as the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience states, happens when a “government forcibly suppresses political, religious, or social belief” other than its own. But this was not suppression against other people, as Mao did in Tibet, this was against his own people.

The figures are staggering. In the Epoch Times article of July 24, 2007, David Kilgour, reported that 70 million civilians were killed during peace times, more than any leader of the 20th century. Most of us know about Mao’s brutality toward Tibetans . . . at one time over half of all males were in forced labor camps, dying from the work and starvation.

What we may not know about are the atrocities he conducted on his own people. I know there is evil in the world – I just didn’t know it could be that bad, or that he would do this to his own, cutting his nose off to spite his face. Thirty five million Chinese died from starvation during Mao’s “Great Leap Forward initiative. The Laogai concentration camps were spread across China.

This sociopath knew what he was doing was horrible because he hid the extent of it from both the Chinese and the outside world. Then, in 1975, during a private conversation, Mao admitted that China was the poorest country. When Mao died and Deng Xiaoping took control, his nightmarish control was just as bad. Of course. there is a bit of comic relief, Newsweek, in an article by Matthew Philips, reported that China has banned the act of reincarnation except by a strict path detailed by the State Administration for Religious Affairs. Its end result is to crack a wedge between Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

The mother in me wants to go there, from one person to the next, and apologize for not knowing, for not acting, for not healing. I hope I never forget that.

If Confucius could fast forward to see the country he was so instrumental in creating, what would he think? His craft was in creating order out of chaos, and he did it brilliantly. He provided a form and structure that could regulate society, that both individuals and governments could adhere to.

Over the past 60 years, the combined efforts of Mao Tse-tung and then Deng Xaiping have laid the country bare, destroying both the people and the land. Both were sociopaths on a grand scale.

Mao set out to conquer Tibet through the annihilation of the people, forcing
censorship and servitude. But that was another country which doesn’t make what he did right but it is somewhat understandable. What is much harder to understand were his actions against the people he ruled.

Confucius provided rituals and traditions that served as stepping stones to understanding. Mao and Deng were like Stage 5 hurricanes, destroying all in their wake. Confucius might have bowed his head in shame and disbelief.