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Chairman Mao was a bastard, a wolf in socialist clothing

Posted by: Nikhil Jaikumar ( DSA, MA, USA ) on January 23, 19100 at 11:47:08:

In Reply to: Equivocate is more like it; RD, I'm disappointed in you posted by Barry Stoller on January 21, 19100 at 12:17:51:

: What did Khrushchev get when he left office? He supplemented his meager pension by growing potatoes in his garden...

That story about Krushchev is very poignant, and I have to say I don't know much about teh Soviet union, you're probably right. i do know, however, that Maoist China certainly did have an elite which enjoyed a standard of living way above that of the Chinese people. Chairman Mao ate pork when millions of Chinese didn't have enough rice to eat; he used women as sex objects, while promotinbg strict sexual ethics for everyone else; he insisted on scientific medicine for himself, while advocating acupuncture and other unproven practices for other people; etcetera. Chairman Mao was a bastard, a wolf in socialist clothing, and I think the sooner we realize that the better. Mao was far worse than Stalin.

Your argument that socialist states don't ahve class is interesting, and might be true- I don't know enough to comment. If so, then that would actually weaken your point about private property; because there have been MANY socialist societies which tolerated small amounts of private property, yet would be by your definition 'classless'.

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