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Tough Times Breed Nostalgia for Mao
Asia Times ^ | May 6, 2009 | Wu Zhong

Posted on 05/05/2009 7:51:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Although Mao Zedong died 33 years ago, the founding father of communist China seems to still be alive in the hearts of many Chinese.

A new wave of nostalgia for the late chairman is sweeping the nation ahead of the 60th birthday of People's Republic of China (PRC) and amid the global financial crisis. The leader, who led the PRC from its establishment until his death in 1976, is surging though his brand of socialism has long been officially abandoned and there has been criticism of "serious mistakes" such as the Cultural Revolution.

Chingming is a traditional Chinese festival for the dead when families tend to the graves of their ancestors. It normally falls on

April 4-5 each year. During Chingming this year, tens of thousands of visitors flocked into Shaoshan, Mao's native village in Hunan province, to pay homage. According to Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao daily, on April 2 alone at least 30,000 people from various places of the country visited Shaoshan.

The visitors ranged from retired party and government officials to primary and high school pupils. They first bowed and placed wreaths at a 10.1-meter-tall bronze statue of Mao erected in the village - the numerical figure 10.1 stands for October1, the date on which Mao declared the founding of the PRC in 1949. They then visited the mud-walled, clay-tile-roofed rural house where Mao was born. Many also went to pay tribute to the tombs of Mao's parents and ancestors near the village.

Another sign of growing nostalgia for Mao is the comeback in popularity of his Little RedBook among Chinese university students, according to a report by the France24 news channel.

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It found that 11.5% of the families surveyed had a shrine in their homes of Mao, in the form of a statue or bust.

(Excerpt) Read more at atimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; communism; massmurder

1 posted on 05/05/2009 7:51:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds nice, but the Obama’s are going to stick with their man Che.


2 posted on 05/05/2009 7:53:19 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (American Revolution II -- overdue)
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To: nickcarraway
Although Mao Zedong died 33 years ago, the founding father of communist China seems to still be alive in the hearts of many Chinese.

From the Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam website, FinalCall.com...
Malik Zulu Shabazz, chairman of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (NBPP):
"We are happy today to be standing side by side with the Nation of Islam. We believe, like the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad believe, in a nation of our own. We believe in a Black first philosophy and a Black Liberation Theology. We don’t worry about the criticism. We love all of those who labored in the Panther Party from the ’60s. Many are with us today."
http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_1858.shtml
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From the Maoist Internationist Movement:
[1960s/original] Black Panther Party [BPP] Archives
From the article: REVOLUTIONARY HEROES

"On May 1st, May Day [1969], the day of the gigantic Free Huey rally, two of Alioto's top executioners vamped on the brothers from the Brown Community who were attending to their own affairs. These brothers, who are endowed with the revolutionary spirit of the Black Panther Party defended themselves from the racist pig gestapo.

Pig Joseph Brodnik received his just reward with a big hole in the chest. Pig Paul McGoran got his in the mouth which was not quite enough to off him.

The revolutionary brothers escaped the huge swarm of pigs with dogs, mace, tanks and helicopters, proving once again that "the spirit of the people is greater than the man's technology."

To these brothers the revolutionary people of racist America want to say, by your revolutionary deed you are heroes, and that you are always welcome to our camp."

Source: Maoist Internationist Movement
Article: REVOLUTIONARY HEROS (May 11, 1969):

http://web.archive.org/web/20060717050055/http://www.etext.org/Politics/MIM/bpp/index.html
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Millions More Movement rally
Washington D.C., October 15, 2005
Louis Farrakhan speech

Louis Farrakhan, at the Millions More Movement rally in DC, Oct 15, 2005: "...what Mao Tse Tung did was, he went to the cultural community, and they [Farrakhan spreads his arms beneficently] accepted his idea."... "Mao Tse Tung ... had a billion people whose lives he had to transform."..."the idea of Mao Tse Tung became the idea of a billion people, and China became a world power on the base of the culture and the arts community. If we had a ministry of art and culture in every city we'd create this movement [in the U.S.]."
Source: http://thedrunkablog.blogspot.com/2005/10/communist-plot-noted.html
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From Louis Farrakhan's "Nation Of Islam" website, FinalCall.com...
Re: Millions More Movement rally, Oct 15, 2005:

Unity generates power to change reality
By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

"The time has never been more ripe for a strategic relationship between the Black, Brown, Native American and the poor of this nation and the world."

"We need a Ministry of Defense. Our young men are born soldiers, but they are in the wrong war. They are fighting a war in the streets of America against each other, or they are fighting an unjust war overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. We need to bring our boys home and put them into the Ministry of Defense, so we can defend our communities, rather than destroy our communities.

We need a Ministry of Art and Culture. We applaud the hip hop community, the leaders of young people all over the world, but I want the young generation of artists to know there is a bigger purpose for art and culture than popping our fingers and shaking our backsides. Mao Tse Tung, throughout his long march to conquer China, had a billion people whose lives he had to transform. Many of them were victims of opium, drugs and prostitution, like we are. But Mao Tse Tung went to the cultural community and they accepted his idea. Then, through song, dance, poetry, drama, documentaries, movies and books, the idea of Mao Tse Tung became the idea of a billion people. China became a world power on the base of culture and the artistic community. If we had a Ministry of Art and Culture in every city, [we'd] create this movement [in the U.S.], we could say to our young people, “What is the idea of the Time and are you reflecting that idea in your songs, dance and music?

We need a Ministry of Trade and Commerce. Do you think that a Millions More Movement should not be involved in the development of Africa, the Caribbean and Central America? ... we need a Ministry of Trade and Commerce that can link the struggle here with Africa and the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Source: FinalCall.com
(note: this is Farrakhan's own "Nation Of Islam" website. However, the original page has 'mysteriously' been removed and it exists only in this linked cache form, thus the looong url -etl):
http://74.6.239.67/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=%22We+need+a+Ministry+of+Defense.+Our+young+men+are+born+soldiers%2C+but+they+are+in+the+wrong+war.%22%22mao%22&fr=moz2&u=www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_4328.shtml&w=%22we+need+a+ministry+of+defense+our+young+men+are+born+soldiers+but+they+are+in+the+wrong+war%22+mao&d=A4xrG52uSSxU&icp=1&.intl=us
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Louis Farrakhan, Santiago de Cuba, February, 1998: "There is not a member of the black masses in the United States who is not proud of the example set by Cuba and its revolution, with Comandante Fidel at its head"
Source: http://www.fiu.edu/~fcf/farakhan21898.html#says
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"Minister Farrakhan and his delegation met privately with President Fidel Castro of Cuba."
http://www.finalcall.com/media/cuba/
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Farrakhan hails Obama as 'hope of entire world'

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Louis Farrakhan, at the annual Saviours' Day celebration in Chicago, Feb. 25, 2008: "This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better"..."If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23333598/

Video of Farrakhan's Obama endorsement at the above 'annual Saviours' Day celebration in Chicago, Feb. 25, 2008'. Hear him (Farrakhan) call Obama "The Messiah" And speak of "universal change":
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=farrakhan+messiah+obama&aq=0&oq=Farrakhan+messiah

3 posted on 05/05/2009 8:02:12 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: nickcarraway
They're nostalgic for Mao in hard times? I guess they've forgotten about “The Great Leap Forward”,a clever little plan straight from the desk of Mao that caused 14 million people to starve to death.Add to that the Cultural Revolution...a nationwide terror campaign straight from Mao's desk....and you surely have "the good old days".
4 posted on 05/05/2009 8:04:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: ETL

Ahhhhhhhh calypso Louie....from calypso dancer, to head of the Black Muslim Movement...Need I say more...


5 posted on 05/05/2009 8:05:53 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: nickcarraway

Mao is probably toasting in Hell. If you like him, figure out how to send him ice!


6 posted on 05/05/2009 8:07:51 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme looks remarkably similar to the way Social Security works)
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To: Gay State Conservative
There were several "great leap forward" programs in China in the 1950s. One of Mao's ideas was that common birds were eating the people's grain and thus should be destroyed. Chinese trapped birds, destroyed nests, etc and reduced the bird population drastically in central Asia.
The result was bugs and worms consumed crops at a greater rate because birds were not around to consume them.
7 posted on 05/05/2009 8:14:28 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: KLT
from calypso dancer, to head of the Black Muslim Movement...Need I say more...

You could have added that the "Nation Of Islam" is really a Black Liberation communist front movement like Reverend Wright's.

8 posted on 05/05/2009 8:18:06 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: nickcarraway
maobama Pictures, Images and Photos
9 posted on 05/05/2009 8:19:00 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: nickcarraway; TigerLikesRooster; JACKRUSSELL; ChinaThreat

Americans aren’t the only ones with short memories. The tough times that China is currently going through is nothing compared to what Mao put it through in his day.


10 posted on 05/05/2009 8:19:39 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: Snickering Hound
Obama’s Little Blue Book and the Egg of Power
By Michelle Malkin, January 26, 2009

Tons of people have e-mailed about the Little Blue Book of Obama sayings that a firm called the History Company is hawking on its website. Yes, they really are selling them in 10-packs for $49.50 — and yes, the resemblance to Mao’s Little Red Book is striking. Weirdly, “Pocket Obama” has a plain blank cover and smacks of a gag — especially the last line:

"Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama’s speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words. His superb and captivating oratory style has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this historic collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency. It is an unofficial requirement for every citizen to own, to read, and to carry this book at all times.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/26/obamas-little-blue-book-and-the-egg-of-power/
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"From May 1966, student members of the Communist Party were encouraged to carry copies of Mao's Little Red Book of quotations. Acting under Mao's leadership, these "Red Guards" used his quotations in their mission to weed out intellectuals. With themes such as Correcting Mistaken Ideas and All Reactionaries are Paper Tigers, the quotations became the standard by which all revolutionary efforts were judged."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/special_report/1999/09/99/china_50/little.htm

11 posted on 05/05/2009 8:23:06 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: nickcarraway
The latest of many examples why George Bush was ignorant and misguided when he said that the desire for freedom burns in every human heart. If the jerk knew anything about the real world outside his gated compounds, he would know that far more people are motivated by the search for security than the search for freedom. But hell-- he went to the Ivy League, he knows things that aren't even real.
12 posted on 05/05/2009 8:31:51 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: nickcarraway

And a lot of Germans are still nostalgic for Hitler, and Russians for Stalin.


13 posted on 05/05/2009 8:33:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: ETL

You’re right, I apologize...it is what it is...I’m sure Calypso Louie is rolling in Obama funds..


14 posted on 05/05/2009 8:40:37 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: ETL

But what really really gets me mad, almost as much as the socialist libs is this:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2244763/posts


15 posted on 05/05/2009 8:44:06 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

So, a constitutional republic is good for us, but not for the little yellow brothers?

Just curious as to what you are advocating.


16 posted on 05/05/2009 8:57:00 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: dfwgator

Yep. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn pointed out in “The Gulag Archipelago”, there were many who cried at the death of the same man who had put them there.

Human nature does have twists to it, that much is sure. We may see as much when we begin to suffer under the damage liberals have done to this country, and people will still love their Dear Leader even though he will be emptying their pockets with both hands and they will not be able to buy a loaf of bread with a wheelbarrow of cash.

I can clearly see that happening.


17 posted on 05/05/2009 9:01:00 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: rlmorel

I liken it to “Stockholm Syndrome”.


18 posted on 05/05/2009 9:12:07 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: dfwgator

Yes...but even worse in a perverse way, I think. People who develop Stockholm Syndrome do so when placed against their will into a situation from which there appears no escape and they develop it as a protective measure (I think...I could be wrong here).

Liberals have put themselves in this situation, and will defend it to their dying breath. There seems to be more of a masochistic quality to it.


19 posted on 05/05/2009 9:29:06 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: hinckley buzzard
RE: "far more people are motivated by the search for security than the search for freedom"

I agree -- can't prove it but it make sense to me.

If the Chinese, et al are longing to secure their unalienable rights and maximum freedom where's their social contract? their Magna Carta?

20 posted on 05/05/2009 9:34:25 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: ETL

Mao would have exterminated the Panthers within months. These stupid paramilitary wannbes are nothing compared to what Mao and his cohorts were capable of. These dips only shoot police officers and citizenry that don’t have the ability to fight back.

I would love to see these idiots try something like that in China. Just to watch them screech for help from Zero.

I think Mao became nothing but a bureaucrat in the end. He lost his ability to connect with the people and stupidly didn’t think of the practicalities of his plan. Yes, he had manufacturing ideas, but there was nothing to manufacture and market products to. It’s the same with farming, he didn’t have professionals farming the land he had political enemies and scholars.


21 posted on 05/06/2009 11:43:36 AM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: hinckley buzzard

“far more people are motivated by the search for security”

And stability. In China there’s a deep fear of chaos.


22 posted on 05/06/2009 11:44:58 AM PDT by Niuhuru
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To: Niuhuru

you almost sound like you admire Mao Zedong?


23 posted on 05/06/2009 11:52:00 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: nickcarraway

Mao Tse-Tung

AKA Chairman Mao, AKA 'The Great Helmsman'. (Tse-Tung can also be spelt Zedong. Translated the name means 'To Shine on the East'.)

Country: China

Kill tally: 14 to 20 million deaths from starvation during the 'Great Leap Forward'. Tens of thousands killed and millions of lives ruined during the 'Cultural Revolution'.

http://www.moreorless.au.com/killers/mao.html

24 posted on 05/06/2009 11:59:43 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

I have read books about revolutionaries and these little pipsqueaks in their little paramilitary uniforms make me laugh and sick.

What makes me sick is that these dips are freaking out over nothing, worried more about whites who go about their daily life rather than people who would actually kill them. They are eternally looking for a fight and desperate for someone to start something. If a white cop shoots a black man they riot and if some idiot shoots Obama chances are they’ll mobilize and start terrorizing innocent people instead of letting the law figure things out. By mobilize I mean go on some stupid red alert and posibly start sending their ‘troops’ to make arrests. That’s why Obama’s Youth Corps scare the heck out of me. They assume an authority they have not earned or have the discipline to properly exercise.

What makes me laugh is that they hold these much vaunted rankings which they did nothing to earn and certainly did not go through any basic training or real disciplinary exercises. None of them have the self discipline it takes to really succeed in the real military.

I admire Mao only in the sense that he managed to unify the country, but butchering the citizenry was stupid as was not thinking through the practicalities of the Great Leap Forward and what it would entail. He took a short term instant gratification approach which wasn’t how the Chinese normally go about doing things. That’s why he failed and 70 million Chinese died.

He didn’t let the country heal naturally and that was his fatal mistake, what made him a failure in the end. He did however lead and survive the Long March and set an example that many Chinese wanted to emulate. He also expelled the foreign legations and smartly build up the patriotism and sense of unity among the youth.


25 posted on 05/06/2009 4:29:38 PM PDT by Niuhuru
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