Skip to comments.Yang Jisheng: The man who discovered 36 million dead
Posted on 11/26/2012 3:53:26 PM PST by BlueDragon
In the era whose secret he uncovered, a journalist's office would have looked just like the one where Yang Jisheng works now. The tiled floor, the grimy window panes, the desk piled two feet high with papers, envelopes and books. The Mao-era radiators. The cigarette ash and the dust.
Under Mao Zedong, Yang's good fortune was to find a job as a reporter with China's state-run Xinhua news agency. His misfortune had been to see his father die of hunger in 1961, at the height of the famine that killed an estimated 36 million people:
"When my dad died, I thought it was just my family's problem. I blamed myself because I hadn't gone back home to pick wild plants to feed my dad. Later on, the governor of Hubei province said millions of people had died. I was astonished," Yang says.
In the 1990s Yang, by now a senior editor at Xinhua, used his status to secretly research the truth about the famine in 12 different provincial archives:
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Mao was another leftist who liked to use “forward” in his slogans.
Communism.... when you eat grass and roots for dinner
Americans need to remember that among Hussein’s inner circle, Mao is admired.
grass and roots soup... yum yum.... blech
Of note are the comments on the BBC forum from the shills for the Chinese government. Look at how several of the comments are essentially regurgitations of talking points. The Chinese are very clumsy in their censorship efforts.
Mao Zedong is one of the Left’s patron saints.
His memory is sacrosanct, regardless of any minor mistakes he may have made. After all, in order to make an omelet, you must first break some eggs.
That did come to mind. Mao, then the LSD stoner bus, now Obama. Put 'em all together and what's that spell..? Failure, but so deluded it's not noticed, but when it is noticed. noticing is punished.
Then, as Mao ordered rapid industrialisation during the Great Leap Forward, the grain supplies disappeared. Simultaneously local officials, terrified of failure, began to report fictional bumper harvests. Mao, meanwhile, publicly humiliated any party leader who voiced doubts. The result was the greatest famine in modern history.
Not cool, dude. not cool at all.
Another splendid triumph of the will to power in modern times. The monsters behind 0bama dream of this.
Obama and the monsters behind him dream of this.
I didn’t check the comments until you mentioned them. Most BBC articles have no room for them, but solicit “if you are there [where the story occurred whatever it is] we’d like to hear from you” instead.
At least no corporate overlords were eating lush banquets while the people starved./s Only communists overlords should get to do that.
GMTA...even in the PRC.
I'm still flabbergasted. Can they be that myopic while claiming to "respect" differing views? It's all an act, so their own differing view can reign unchallenged.
Did you see the part of the article where Hayek's Road To Serfdom opened the Chinaman's eyes?
The chinaman's Tombstone presently a bit more than $20 Amazon.
We've seen the same behavior from the US press over the last four years of Obama. They've relentlessly played down every one of his failures, and trumpeted huge successes that were nothing more than official, state sanctioned propaganda. Whenever the press dared to dip a toe into the waters of fair criticism, they were harshly dealt with by the regime, and made to get back in line.
During the 2012 campaign, we watched the press ignore the unprecedented disasters of this man's first term, while they did everything in their power to vilify and beat up every potential Republican challenger. The yellow 'journalism' and dirty tricks were endless.
We're witnessing history repeat itself here. Welcome to Obama's Long March Forward.
Sad but true. Have we heard anything more about the effects of hurricane Sandy? Beyond providing a campaign prop, does the MSM even care?
It seems bizarre to contemplate 35 million people being starved to death by their own government, and the event is virtually unknown. Idiot kids think it's cool to walk around with a tee shirt with a picture of Mao, the architect of this mass murder.
Socialism & Totalitarianism 2.0...Plunder & Death
DEPOPULATE socialists/totalitarians from the body politic.
live - free - republic
I’m not seeing Terence P. Jeffrey’s claim in the following article reflecting the current debt clock (above post)...
Looks like some turkeys have been getting their wish, permanent get-out-of-jail-free cards, Merry Christsmas, and a Happy Birthday with lot's of presents, all rolled into one.
image from 2011
“Yang Jisheng: The man who discovered 36 million dead.”
Heh. I thought this was going to be about some guy looking into our recent election numbers.
We react with horror when we read 20th century’s history of concentration camps, mass starvation and deaths at the hands of the communists in China, socialists in Germany, the Maoists in Cambodia. These were all political regimes that demanded top down control by the state, enforced at the point of a gun. Millions and millions died for opposing the state, more died as innocent bystanders who just wanted to live and be left alone. We wonder how could the people let this happen?
Just don’t look at America’s truly innocent that just wanted to live their lives but never had a chance to take their first breath. The numbers are comparable.
We now call this euphemistically “health care” and some claim it is a right. Will we ever look back on our history and wonder how could the people let this happen?
Sounds like America’s left- ridicule anyone who questions Obama’s bogus economic figures...
I don't know. Perhaps someday, some remnant will realize. I'm wondering if or when that time comes, if that number will be as great as those who now see it, as you say.
China's past famines (not experienced nationwide?) were result of lack of proper vision, as Yang Jishen explained it. Government taking too much, leaving the people with scraps.
"for where there is no vision, the people perish"
and I've heard it said there is an art to taxing enough, but not too much, which if properly utilized, can help make way for greater prosperity for [nearly] all.
That was actually pretty funny. I propose if a Chinese national find wholesale voter fraud, and he can prove it, he be awarded full citizenship rights (as long as he denounces the Communist party. 'dem china commies, they were once big on the public denouncement sort of thing)
Will we ever look back on our history and wonder how could the people let this happen?
We must hope......
On that, let’s link Rummel from this thread in case anyone reading is unfamiliar with his work documenting democide.
Democide: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.
More people were killed in the 20th Century by democide than by war. *Six* times as many, per Rummel.
20TH CENTURY DEMOCIDE
55 million babies since Roe vs Wade are the US tally according to some figures.
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