Friday, August 05, 2016

Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world

Chinese peasants suffering from the effects of the Great Leap Forward.
By Ilya Somin August 3, WashPost

Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even more innocent people than Hitler did, many of them as part of a terror famine that likely took more lives than the Holocaust. But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.

Historian Frank Dikötter, author of the important book Mao’s Great Famine recently published an article in History Today, summarizing what happened:

Mao thought that he could catapult his country past its competitors by herding villagers across the country into giant people’s communes. In pursuit of a utopian paradise, everything was collectivised. People had their work, homes, land, belongings and livelihoods taken from them. In collective canteens, food, distributed by the spoonful according to merit, became a weapon used to force people to follow the party’s every dictate. As incentives to work were removed, coercion and violence were used instead to compel famished farmers to perform labour on poorly planned irrigation projects while fields were neglected.

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

Some estimate that 50 million babies have been aborted in the USA since 1973. It is hard to fathom how our country can be so calloused towards the most innocent. The bloodthirsty cheers at the DNC convention when abortion was mention were nothing short of chilling. Babies have a heartbeat at 22 days after conception, I hope and pray pro-death DEM's will start to have a heart.

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