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08:11:20 PM May 19th 2012
Most of this article seems to take Communist party propaganda about Mao at face value. The bit about how his "leadership was essential in WWII" has been essentially de-bunked. His Parents weren't actually all that abusive (his mother doted on him) he didn't discourage his personality cult, and his victory over Chiang Kai-shek was due almost entirely to military assistance from the Soviets who were occupying Manchuria and had very little to do with "control of the Chinese Countryside".
11:50:47 AM Jul 31st 2011
edited by darkpast
I thought it might interest people what kind of poet Mao was, so here's one of his poems. I'm not sure if it belongs in the article, but if someone wants to put it in, here goes:

Winter clouds

Winter clouds snow-laden, cotton fluff flying,

None or few the unfallen flowers.

Chill waves sweep through steep skies,

Yet earth's gentle breath grows warm.

Only heroes can quell tigers and leopards

And wild bears never daunt the brave.

Plum blossoms welcome the whirling snow;

Small wonder flies freeze and perish.
07:55:56 AM Nov 11th 2010
  • The Soviet economic miracle is often overstated. The fact that the Soviet revolution happened in the first place was due to Imperial Russia's industrialization and the rise of the urban working class. It's even been speculated that Stalin's industrialization programs had little if any effect on the pace. Mao didn't have any of that, outside of Manchuria, which is why he mobilized the peasantry first for the revolution and second for the failed steel-making initiatives.

because it's a bit natter-y and long winded (not because the point it made was invalid). If the original poster, or anyone else, wants to truncate it and put it in the main entry, feel free.
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