Those who forget History: Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the USA.


In 1966, China’s Communist leader Mao Zedong launched what became known as the Cultural Revolution in order to reassert his authority over the Chinese government. Believing that current Communist leaders were taking the party, and China itself, in the wrong direction, Mao called on the nation’s youth to purge the “impure” elements of Chinese society.


Mao launched the so-called Cultural Revolution (known in full as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution) in August 1966, at a meeting of the Plenum of the Central Committee. He shut down the nation’s schools, calling for a massive youth mobilization to take current party leaders to task for their embrace of bourgeois values and lack of revolutionary spirit. In the months that followed, the movement escalated quickly as the students formed paramilitary groups called the Red Guards and attacked and harassed members of China’s elderly and intellectual population.


Some 1.5 million people were killed during the Cultural Revolution, and millions of others suffered imprisonment, seizure of property, torture or general humiliation.

If you fail to see the similarities, you need to wake up fast. We are in the first stage of America’s Cultural Revolution, we still are not sure who is filling the Role of Mao Zedong. Not that we really need to know other than designating him or her as a target.

And gun owners are  not going to be only ones with a bull’s-eye painted in our backs, only the first one.  Revolutions need to be fed a constant supply of victims or the minions end up turning against their masters as French Revolution leaders Maximilien de Robespierre and George Danton found out during the French Revolution when they were given a date with the guillotine.

“America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”
Claire Wolf.

I think the validity of this quote will be expiring soon.

11 Replies to “Those who forget History: Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the USA.”

  1. I remember that after one of the California referenda, people who voted the “wrong” way were subjected to “self-denunciation” sessions modeled straight out of the Cultural Revolution.

  2. I work in the sciences, and a number of (now older) people in my field came to the US as refugees from the Cultural Revolution. Many I know personally, still bear the scars, physically as well as mentally.

    The damage that did to China’s intellectual and developmental progress cannot be overstated. Arguably they’re still trying to recover from it, judging by the number of students they still send abroad.

  3. “Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it . We all know what they really mean – power over people, power to the state.” –The Rt Hon The Baroness Thatcher LG OM PC FRS FRIC

  4. It’s one of the lesser known classic blunders, along with ‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia,’ , or ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.’

    In this case, “you can’t brute force large scale cultural change”. It’s tried over and over again, and it has failed over and over again.

    The Gang of Four tried to rid China of the 4 Olds, and failed. The Soviet Union tried to stamp out Christianity, and that failed. Pretty much everybody has had a go at stamping out Poland, but they keep popping right up.

    1. I do wonder just how much China has spent in the last few decades trying to restore or rebuild cultural sites destroyed in the Cultural Revolution.

  5. To say that today’s public high school students are forgetting history implies that they were once taught history.

    And those who should have taught them, the intellectuals, will once again be Utterly Surprised to find themselves in the camps.

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