Life in the People's Republic

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Great book review of a history of China during Mao's Great Leap Forward. From the Wall Street Journal:
A Most Secret Tragedy
It is difficult to look dispassionately at some 45 million dead. It was not war that produced this shocking number, nor natural disaster. It was a man. It was politics and one man's vanity. The cause was famine and violence across rural China, a result of Mao Zedong's unchecked drive to turn his country rapidly into a communist utopia and a leading industrial nation.
What's a hundred million dead people when it's all about ideology. Ideas so fantastic they have to be mandatory. And to think that Marx is still taught in school -- the guy was a failed businessman, one of the original trust-fund babies and not that bright. It would be as though Lysenkoism was still being taught in college biology departments. For an example of what life is really like under communism, check out the story of Anthony Maglica (audio interview). He now makes a product that most everyone has either seen or they own one...

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