How the Past Determines the Future: Part 2 of 2

When the Qing Dynasty collapsed in 1911, ending imperial rule after more than two thousand years, chaos and anarchy ruled China, while foreigners, Americans included, lived in luxury in the treaty ports that were the result of the Opium Wars and these foreign enclaves were protected by modern, foreign military forces on Chinese soil.

Imagine how Americans would feel if China deployed several of its army divisions in the United States to protect the Chinese living in America.

Then there was Mao surviving Chiang Kai-shek‘s crack down on the labor movement led by the Communist Party. During World War II, Mao’s army not only fought Chiang Kai-shek’s troops but also the Japanese, who killed between ten to twenty million Chinese in their attempt to conquer China.

The peasants trusted Mao’s troops but did not trust Chiang Kai-shek’s army. Do you know why (watch the next video to learn the answer)?

Then there were the wars in Korea (1950 – 195) with an estimated 2.5 million killed/wounded, and Vietnam (1955 – 1975) with an estimated 3.8 million killed/wounded, in addition to America’s necklace of military bases surrounding China to this day.

Mao believed that socialism was going to create a better life for the Chinese people. His failures were attempts to make China strong enough to defend itself against the foreign meddling and invasions that had plagued China since the Opium Wars.

Regardless of all the horrible facts the U.S. media keeps reminding the world about when it comes to China, there are a few facts that are not well known. When Mao became the leader of mainland China in 1949, the average lifespan was age 35. When Mao died in 1976, the average lifespan increased by twenty years to 55. Today the average life expectancy is 71.5 years. In addition, the population of China was 400-million in 1949. Twenty-seven years later when Mao’s died, China’s population had increased to 700-million. How did that happen if Mao allegedly murdered an estimated 60-million or more people?

In addition, forty-one years after Mao’s death, China has done more to reduce poverty than any other country. Ninety percent of poverty reduction in the world took place in China. When Mao came to power in 1949, 95-percent of the Chinese people lived in extreme poverty. By the time Mao died, the quality of life had improved for most Chinese and they were just poor instead of extremely poor.

Imperial records show that China had famines annually for more than 2,000 years where people in one or more provinces suffered and died of starvation. Since 1949, there has only been one famine in China and that was more than fifty-five years ago.

These facts call into question many of the alleged and inflated claims of deaths and suffering caused by the mistakes of the Great Leap Forward and the insanity of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

Mao was not perfect but even the Chinese people, after he died, graded his leadership as 70% good and 30% bad. The Chinese people that voted lived through the Mao era. Why should their opinions count less than people that never lived in China during that time?

In 1775, Patrick Henry, one of the U.S. Founding Fathers, said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Is there anyone in China today foolish enough to stand up and say, “Give me liberty so we can return to the good old days of chaos, drugs, war, poverty, and starvation”?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine, Crazy is Normal, Running with the Enemy, and The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova.

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