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Re-blog on The Chinese Cultural Revolution- and Its Impact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on December 5, 2010


Here is an excellent reblog of someone who commented on this site. The author talks about China’s cultural revolution (1966-76) in which millions were murdered, all in order to prove who believed in/loved Mao more- at its most simplistic.
The scary thing is that if you look at the photos from the post below or do a google image search, you will see the pure hatred and fanatical nature of the times. The really sad/threatening/worrisome issue, is that all of the current leaders of communist china, began their political careers or were in their political careers during this time. My question is : What type of people are running this country at present, if they were part of this legacy…

excerpt from here:

“When the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party kicked off the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, it called on revolutionaries (so everyone that did not want to get humiliated or killed) to write big-word posters (大字报) with images and slogans that appeal to Marxist ideals. This is a brief look at the posters of the Cultural Revolution and how they, like so much propaganda for revolution or war, whipped up public fervour for violence. Of the posters I have seen, there are a few noticeable themes. (The captions, where there are captions, are translations of each poster. Where there is no caption, the words are my own interpretation.) First is gathering support for the revolution. Second is children. Third is military and defence. Fourth is reverence for Chairman Mao. I have added a poster of Red Guard taking down “counter-revolutionaries” and photos that illuminate the reality behind the posters.

Destroy the old world; forge a new world Destroy the old world; forge a new world Buddha burning Buddha burning

An evil counter-revolutionary getting exposed An evil counter-revolutionary getting exposed Public humiliation of counter-revolutionaries (2) Public humiliation of counter-revolutionaries (2) Public humiliation of counter-revolutionaries Public humiliation of counter-revolutionaries
Develop revolutionary tradition; strive for greater honour Develop revolutionary tradition; strive for greater honour Long live the total victory of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Long live the total victory of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Children love Chairman Mao Children love Chairman Mao
Cultural Revolution propaganda for children--study hard Cultural Revolution propaganda for children–study hard Schoolchildren reading from Chairman Mao's Little Red Book Tibetan schoolchildren with the Little Red Book Tibetan schoolchildren with the Little Red Book
Embrace the revolution; promote production; promote work; prepare for war Embrace the revolution; promote production; promote work; prepare for war The People’s Liberation Army is education in Mao Zedong Thought The People’s Liberation Army is education in Mao Zedong Thought The People’s Military is invincible The People’s Military is invincible
Stand your ground Stand your ground Resolutely annihilate all enemies who dare to invade our country! Resolutely annihilate all enemies who dare to invade our country! The Great Proletarian Revolution unites workers, farmers and soldiers and will surely liberate Taiwan The Great Proletarian Revolution unites workers, farmers and soldiers and will surely liberate Taiwan
Destroy the (revisionist) Soviet Union Destroy the (revisionist) Soviet Union Long live Chairman Mao! Long live Chairman Mao! Chairman Mao leads us forward Chairman Mao leads us forward
Long live Mao Zedong Thought Long live Mao Zedong Thought Follow Mao closely forward through the wind and the waves Follow Mao closely forward through the wind and the waves Advance with Chairman Mao’s revolutionary literature and art to victory Advance with Chairman Mao’s revolutionary literature and art to victory
Maoist Thought brightens the path of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Maoist Thought brightens the path of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution Advance along Chairman Mao’s revolutionary road to victory Advance along Chairman Mao’s revolutionary road to victory The powerful Red Guard and a weak capitalist reactionary The powerful Red Guard and a weak capitalist reactionary

Some points of note: Mao Zedong is always smiling. The people are smiling at Mao, unless they are busy destroying counter-revolutionaries.

The colour red is employed more than any other. Red is not only important in . Mao wanted his last revolution to channel the energies of his cult, and red helped ensure he did.

The first poster is of destroying the relics of the old world. Under the revolutionary’s foot are, among other things, a crucifix and a Buddha statue. The photo next to it is of a public burning of Buddha statues.”

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