Maybe Just More of the Same…
Last week I had written about the communist takeover of China, as told By Jung Chang in her book Wild Swans. It appeared for a time that things had changed for the better over the reign of the Guomindong. For a time things had, perhaps. Here was a cause with the betterment of the people at heart.
Unfortunately, people by and large seem to be monsters. The ones here in question came out during the time at which Mao was implementing his Cultural Revolution. In trying to shore up support for what he felt was a diminishing support, he sought to root out anyand all enements as could be found which did not support him or his deluded ideologies(1).
Aside from taking control of the media for total control over the propaganda machine, another key element in the Cultural Revolution was the Red Guard. Initially an initiative taken by a group of teenagers to organize themselves, the movement became widespread once officially recognized and given a good word by the Honorable Chairman(2).
Its at this point where things begin to look familiar. The Guomindong, paranoid of anyone suspected of being Communist, even if it was only hinted at, would root out dissent by any means, torture being a choice favorite. As the new Revolution drags on, the same thing picks up again, on such a scale only attainable by misguided teenagers. From burning books to browbeating “Capitalist-roaders”, the Red Guard degraded into little more than a tool of terror(3).
Chang, Jung. Wild Swans; Three Daughters of China. (New York, Touchstone, 1991) pg. 277
Chang, pg 283
Chang, pg 307