Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday

Mao: The Unknown Story,’  by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, is an interesting study of the megalomaniac communist dictator, Mao Zedong.

Here are some quotes that have been attributed to Mao Zedong in the well-researched book:

“You’d better have less conscience. Some of our comrades have too much mercy, not enough brutality, which means that they are not so Marxist. On this matter, we indeed have no conscience! Marxism is that brutal.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 411)

“People say that poverty is bad, but in fact poverty is good. The poorer people are, the more revolutionary they are. It is dreadful to imagine a time when everyone will be rich... From a surplus of calories people will have two heads and four legs.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 428)

“Let’s contemplate this, how many people would die if war breaks out. There are 2.7 billion people in the world. One-third could be lost; or, a little more, it could be half... I say that, taking the extreme situation, half dies, half lives, but imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 428)

“There should be celebration rallies when people die... We believe in dialectics, and so we can’t not be in favor of death.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 457)

“Deaths have benefits. They can fertilise the ground.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 457)

“We are prepared to sacrifice 300 million Chinese for the victory of the world revolution.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 457-8)

“Don’t make a fuss about a world war. At most, people die... Half the population wiped out – this happened quite a few times in Chinese history... It’s best if half the population is left, next best one-third...” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 458)

“The weeds of socialism are better than the crops of capitalism.” ~ Mao Zedong (Page 643) 

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