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Sixty Years of Maoism Print E-mail
By George J. Marlin   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Throughout October there’s been plenty of fussing over the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Editorials world wide have saluted China’s growing economic and political influence. The Empire State Building lit up in red and yellow to commemorate the occasion. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman described the totalitarian regime as enlightened: “One-­­­­party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the twenty-first century.”

In Washington, White House Director of Communications Anita Dunn praised Mao Zedong’s political philosophy and called him a great defender of individualism. And Barack Obama, fearing to offend China, committed the most cowardly presidential act since President Ford declined to meet Nobel laureate Solzhenitsyn in 1975, by refusing to see the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been fighting Chinese oppression on his Tibetan people for half a century – the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, the Chinese celebrated by marching tens of thousands of troops through Tiananmen Square, flaunting their latest military hardware, recruiting 800,000 spies to root out potential troublemakers and “inviting” would-be Chinese spectators to stay away from the festivities. People who lived on the streets that crossed the square were ordered not to open the windows or to stand on balconies to watch the ceremonies.

Sixty years of Chinese communist rule should be mourned, not celebrated. Contrary to the media-fueled image of Mao as a gentle philosopher and great freedom fighter, he was actually a degenerate mass murderer who ruthlessly suppressed all human rights. In their remarkable biography, Mao: The Unknown Story, Jung Chang and Jon Halliday revealed that Mao grew up not as an oppressed hard working peasant dedicated to fighting injustice, but as a loafer who took a job as a Communist International Soviet agent to receive “a comfortable berth as a subsidized professional revolutionary.”

Mao enthusiastically adopted Lenin’s most violent terrorist techniques because he was a vile bloodthirsty thug. From 1920 to 1976 Mao murdered more people than Hitler and Stalin combined – 70-million Chinese. The “Great Famine” (1958-1961) in which 40-million perished was a direct result of Mao’s farm collectivization policies. To eliminate tens of millions of imagined enemies he ordered the “Great Leap Forward” (1958) and the “Cultural Revolution” (1966-1968) which he privately referred to as the “Great Purge.”

Mao attempted to control every form of social intercourse. Merely having a dinner party, use of humor or sarcasm could be – and were – deemed criminal activities that warranted the death penalty. And he was proud of these policies: Mao told his fellow gangsters at the 1958 party conference that they should welcome, not fear, party policies that cause people to die.

Mao ruthlessly suppressed centuries-old Catholic missions. His persecution of Catholics began long before he took over the government in 1949. In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, Mao’s Red armies roamed through Chinese provinces torturing and murdering scores of priests and nuns. In 1947, for instance, eighteen Cistercian monks at Yang Kia Ping were jailed and their monastery was looted. All died from endless interrogations, beatings, and brainwashing.

The Red Chinese were not content with suppressing the Church. They dumped Catholics into re-education camps and used harsh psychological measures that included physical and mental torture to convert them to Marxism. If the education treatments failed, it was hoped that recalcitrant pupils would go mad or commit suicide.

In recent decades, the Communists continued to persecute China’s 5-million Catholics. After the 1989 anti-government demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, there were crackdowns on the underground Church. “House Churches” were destroyed and priests were arrested. Also, Catholic women were forced to have abortions or were sterilized to comply with China’s “one-child policy.”

In May 2007, Pope Benedict XVI released a letter to the Catholics of China which dealt with the relationship between Church and State. The pontiff reaffirmed there was only one Church which included both the unofficial underground one and the government-recognized Patriotic Catholic Church. He respectfully called for religious freedom and constructive dialogue to overcome disagreements.

The pope’s pleas appear to have fallen on deaf ears. Priests and bishops are still imprisoned and the faithful continue to be physically abused by government officials.

In May 2008, on the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Pope Benedict held a worldwide day of prayer for the Church in China. However, Chinese Catholic pilgrims, who travelled to Mary Helper of Christians Shrine near Shanghai to participate in the day of prayer, were denied access to the consecrated grounds by the police.

America’s elitist intellectual and political classes have a distorted view of today’s China. Contrary to their revisionist claims, China’s people still lack basic freedoms and their state-run economic system is built on the graves of millions of victims of Mao’s depravity.

George J. Marlin is the author of The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact.

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Marxist Madness?
written by Willie, October 28, 2009
Good piece! Anyone reading this article should be enraged.The leftist elitists are at it again with their Marxist reconstruction of history and the denigration of American values. Mao is a champion of individualism so long as the individual agrees with him, otherwise he is just simply eliminated. When representatives of our government praise this mass murderer, it is surely time to wake up and gird oneself against the mindset of the present regime. Are Marxist ideologies now widely espoused?
written by Bradley, October 28, 2009
President Bush tolerated China's predatory currency/trade policies because that gave his administration easy (and, as it turns out, hollow and speculative) growth. He also failed on North Korea. So we now need China because they have a mortgage on the US economy and because N. Korea threatens to point missiles at the US. In the end, Pres. Bush spent an hour in church in Beijing, and gave the Chinese potent economic and foreign policy weapons to continue their oppresion.
what next?
written by debby, October 28, 2009
Just hitting the market--a New Flavor of Kool-Aid!
wow! jim jones wouldn't believe what americans will drink!

and soon we will be bombarded with how good Hitler really was, he had good intentions, Stalin was loved by his people, Fidel's not such a bad guy-wasn't JFK misinformed?.....
i pray that as the bread lines grow longer a GREAT REVIVAL pours down, wells up, floods the hearts of men and women everywhere AS THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY TRIUMPHS. i pray America is included in Her heart.
tyrants get things done
written by Ben H, October 28, 2009
I am not sure that the elites in this country would see the lack of individual freedom in China to be a defect of that system.
written by Camilo Vera, October 29, 2009
Greetings brothers and sisters:
I did not have time to check the statistics, but it appears to me that this article is one of the most rhetorical, and hyperbolic articles I have read in a while. I do not judge the intent of the writer, I am sure it was to raise awareness about some negative aspects of Chinese history. And this is a good intention, but I think that as Catholics we have the obligation to reason, to feel, and to love, and this article does not do that.

With LOVE:

Mao the madman
written by Joseph, October 29, 2009
Mao was a madman, degenerate and all of the above, and the author is spot-on in his critique of the so-called Cultural Revolution and its vicious anti-Christian history.

It's no coincidence that Obama and other Western leaders refrain from criticizing the world's most brutal godless regime. China effectively "owns" the USA and much of Europe. And, as Jesus said, you can't serve both God and mammon. In short, you don't bite the hand that feeds you -- however bloody the hand is.
Feel and Love
written by Francis, October 31, 2009
Mr. Marlin, limited by space very ably and honestly lists some of the crimes of Mao and Chinese Communism. Contrary to what Camilo posted, Mr. Marlin's column is in my opinion most rational. He is simply stating the truth. The words feel and love are very nebulous and even very dangerous. There is nothing more transitory than feelings and sentilmental love. Talk about feelings and love to the millions, male and female, young and old, healthy and sick who were slaughtered by Mao et al.
Re: What next?
written by Barbara Young, November 10, 2009
It was very appalling to me when I recently learned that Time Magazine's Man of the Year pick in the year 1938 was - can anyone guess???
It was none other than: Adolf Hiitler. We are seeing history repeating itself 71 years later! Barbara

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