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An American in China

Mao’s Spirit in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 15, 2011

From The Party (Richard Mcgregor)

Mao instilled in people’s minds a philosophy of cruel struggle and revolutionary superstition. Hatred took the place of love and tolerance; the barbarism of ‘It is right to rebel!’ became the substitute for rationality and love of peace. It elevated and sanctified the view that relations between human beings are best characterized as those between wolves. The letter concluded with an appeal for Mao’s body to be buried in Shaoshan, Mao’s hometown, in Hunan, ‘to mark the start of a process of alleviating the sense of national grievance and violence prevalent in Chinese society’.

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