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Created by John Eipper on 04/16/18 3:27 AM

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Mao, Hitler, Stalin: Who Killed More? Ian Johnson in "NYRB" (Paul Levine, Denmark, 04/16/18 3:27 am)

I share Istvan Simon's admiration for George Zhibin Gu's heartbreaking entries on Modern China.

And I share Istvan's passionate feelings about Mao Zedong's monstrous actions. Perhaps WAIS readers would be interested in the attached article from the NYRB by an excellent journalist, Ian Johnson.

JE comments:  Click below.  Ian Johnson does the grim math we've attempted several times on WAIS, and comes up with a Mao death toll of at least 40 million.  This gives the Chairman the perverse gold medal for the 20th century's worst mass murderer.

Johnson answers a question I raised yesterday:  it was possible for the Soviets to de-Stalinize, as they still had Lenin in the background to legitimize the regime.  Mao for the Chinese is both Lenin and Stalin, so the Party cannot "disown" him without jeopardizing their power.


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