China’s Great Leap Forward-Into the Stone Ages
Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 10, 2014
Frank Dikotter wrote an excellent book called Mao’s Great Famine. In it he talks about how Mao, when he was not off fondling prepubescent teens, was making a mess of China. The Chairman essentially banned the educated Chinese from positions of power and replaced them with sadists, maniacs and a midget called Deng.
After freeing his fingers from the loins of teens, Mao penned a screed demanding that China change. He wanted to be a world power in just about anything. In order to realize his dream, he set the Chinese loose, which is as toxic as Chernobyl sans deuterium fallout.
Mao and his henchmen set out to prove that there is precious little that is more dangerous than a nation full of Chinamen set on ‘inventing things’.
What they ended up creating was the world’s worst man made famine of all times and a land of waste and poison. They decided birds were bad and killed them all, only to realize that birds ate pests which protected crops. Maos mental midgets decided plants would grow better if planted really close, like good commune members. This proved nothing but Mao’s advisers were as useless then as they are today. Other inventions were deep ditch planting and crossing pigs with bulls, which both only succeeded in lessening the food stock. All that they did was a disaster, a hint of things to come.
I suppose what he lacked in common sense he made up in pedophilia, or at least Mao’s doctor contends. Well, I guess one cannot have it all. He will just have to be satisfied with being the leader of the most murderous regime man has ever known.
What really strikes me is how much China has not changed. They are ruining there land today as they did back then. Even more importantly, if you read about China in the 50’s you will see just how worthless they are and if corporate greed had not shoved us into their laps, China of today would be as bad as China back then. Think of it like this, we have tried to teach them everything from water conservation to shitting in proper toilets and they have failed in all accounts.
The truth is that these people need to be caged and shipped off to another planet, they do not belong here with real humans.
The term ‘Great Leap Forward’ was first used in the context of the water-conservancy drive launched towards the end of 1957. Determined to overtake Britain in fifteen years, Mao saw a key to rapid industrialisation in the substitution of labour for capital.
Some 30 million people were recruited in October 1957. By January one in six people was digging earth in China. More than 580 million cubic metres of rocks and soil were moved before the end of the year.
for every 50,000 hectares of irrigated land, they had claimed, a hundred villagers paid with their lives.
pioneering undertaking by the people of Gansu in transforming nature.’But the project was bedevilled by problems from the start. Soil erosion caused frequent landslides, reservoirs filled with silt, rivers turned to mud. Villagers enlisted on the project had to dig caves in the mountains for shelter in the freezing cold of winter, foraging for herbs to supplement a meagre diet of grain. By the summer of 1961 work came to a halt, and in March 1962 the project was abandoned altogether. Total irrigated surface: zero hectares. Cost to the state: 150 million yuan. Number of work days: 600,000. Cost to the people: inestimable. At its peak some 160,000 people had been made to work on the project, and most of these were villagers diverted away from agricultural work.
Targets in water conservancy were measured by the number of tonnes of earth a province could move. This magic number – entirely unrelated to the actual usefulness of the projects being undertaken – was then compared nationwide in a spirit of emulation which determined the political clout of a province.
On 19 January the People’s Daily reported that Yunnan, singled out only a few days earlier, now had 2.5 million people, a third of the workforce, moving earth. Emboldened, Xie Fuzhi declared that the province would be completely irrigated within three years. The cost of success was high. In Chuxiong, near a highland lake as large as a sea, farmers enrolled on irrigation projects were routinely cursed and beaten.