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Truer Words?- Impact of the Cultural Revolution on China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 25, 2011


-K. S. Karol

THE SOCIALIST REGISTER, 1968 wrote that

“Tomorrow’s China is not going to return to the fold of the
great family of nations who accept “Western values”. On the contrary:
the further the cultural revolution develops. the more China will consolidate
her own value system. Those who do not try to understand it
today will understand it even less tomorrow.”

. If you read the words of the author they seem to agree with the precepts of the cultural revolution as somewhat valiant (I have only started so may be wrong, but thus far it seems true).

The funny thing is that now 43 years after this peace was written, we may be seeing those effects of the cultural revolution, possibly one of the most horrific events of modern times. For those ill-informed people who are unaware of this event, it ran from 1966-76 and is generally accepted as a last ditch effort by Mao to retain power.
Although the event was horrible and no one I know of in China will utter a positive word of it, it would appear that Mao was on the right track but went about it all wrong. What I mean to say is that Mao supposedly said that absent a major change like the cultural revolution the government of china would turn like that of Russia and become close-minded, corrupt and pathetic…yeah look at China today , Mao knew his people.
But the reality of the cultural revolution is nothing less than the traumatizing of several generations of Chinese who literally turned against neighbors, family and friend. Teachers an the educated were slaughtered and tortured all because they did not love Mao in a convincing fashion. A good friend of mine’s father was taken to a field and made to kneel down in front of a firing squad all because he had written some things in disagreement with Mao, the guy was 16 at the time. The firing squad killed those around him but let him live and he still does not know why. If we think of this story and then re-read what KS Karol said
“…the further the cultural revolution develops. the more China will consolidate
her own value system…”
We can see what kind of country China has become.

ps. interestingly enough when I google ‘red guard china torture’ in the image search I got 867,000 results but in Yahoo images I got 0, I wonder why this is….(photo from here censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com)

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