With writers like Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times, it is no wonder that the dictator who probably killed the most humans of any leader during his reign, Mao Zedong or Mao Tse-Tung, estimates range from 40 to 70 million Chinese dead, has received light treatment in most university history departments. This Jacobs character in his latest NY Times piece entitled, “China’s Xi Jinping Faces Problem of Rural Poverty” basically white washes Mao’s knowledge and role in what amounted to a forced starvation of many Chinese villagers and the decision by Mao and his underlings to do nothing for years to change policies in order to end the suffering.
This is what Andrew Jacobs wrote:
Mao’s choreographed rural tours were less successful, in part because the officials who arranged them often shielded him from peasant suffering, most notably during a famine, the result of an ill-conceived industrialization push, that began in the late 1950s and killed tens of millions.
Does anyone, an editor, the actual writer of this piece think to put their words into historical context, I mean “an ill-conceived industrialization push”, seriously, that’s it, that is all you have to write about Mao’s famine, in addition the writer implies that Mao had no idea of the suffering, that he was shielded from that knowledge and the negative effects of his ill-conceived industrialization push.
Perhaps by adding some context, by writing about forced starvations, by writing about the killing of farmers that did not go along with Mao’s directed agricultural collectivization, by writing about the fact that in the face of millions of deaths, Mao and his communist cadres, did nothing for years, which resulted in more millions of deaths. Perhaps Andrew Jacobs could provide a sentence or two into the fact that China has kept these facts hidden from the public. And then perhaps this would explain why the farmer at the beginning of this article, shouts with glee and compares the current President to his beloved Mao.
And it wouldn’t hurt Andrew Jacobs, when bringing up the Cultural Revolution, later in the article, to give a sentence or two about what that in fact was, a different sort of murder imposed by Mao, a murder of intellectuals including many Chinese professors in an attempt to ensure complete loyalty to Mao and the hard line Communists.
MikeFrancesa.com will highlight once again the only words that Andrew Jacobs used to describe Mao’s Famine, “An Ill-Conceived Industrialization Push”. Now compare that with one fact from Frank Dikotter’s heavily researched book:
Not all deaths during the Great Leap were from starvation. Frank Dikötter estimates that at least 2.5 million people were beaten or tortured to death and 1 to 3 million committed suicide.
Now you understand why China gets away with human rights abuses so easily, the propaganda is not just from the People’s Republic of China, it extends out to Brian Williams and the mainstream media’s lack of a focus on negative China stories and it comes full circle in articles like this one from Andrew Jacobs of the NY Times.
And a reminder, this is from a book review in the NY Times about Mao’s famine:
Unlike the horrors of the Soviet gulag or the Holocaust, what happened in China during the Great Leap Forward has received little attention from the larger world, “even though it is one of the worst catastrophes in twentieth-century history,” writes Ms. Zhou, an assistant professor of history at the University of Hong Kong, in the introduction to “The Great Famine in China, 1958-1962.”
Ms. Zhou and a growing number of Chinese — and some Western — scholars believe the Great Leap Forward, Mao’s campaign of breakneck industrialization and agricultural collectivization, resulted in the deaths of perhaps 45 million people, mostly in the countryside. People died from a combination of starvation, overwork and violence in the quest for a perfect Communist society.