Long Live Super Tyrants!Posted: April 3, 2012
A Chinese super tyrant is not only invincible but also popular.
He need not worry about the disasters he brings to Chinese people. Chinese people’s ability to endure hardship is almost limitless while their enthusiasm for the ideal for equality is boundlessly lofty. As long as a super tyrant is charismatic and creative and able to invent some theory about his lofty ideal, he may remain popular in spite of the disasters he has brought to Chinese people.
Mao Zedong had indeed brought famine to Chinese people and caused the death of tens of millions of people. Still, educated students in prestigious colleges as well as uneducated workers and peasants responded with frenzy to Mao’s call to carry out his Cultural Revolution to help Mao seize back power from Liu Shaoqi.
Schools had to be closed and teachers, persecuted. There would then be equality between those who hated schooling and became illiterate and those who excelled in schools and became successful when they had graduated.
Production was disrupted. Economy was on the verge of collapse. Lots of young people were unemployed. Almost everything was in short supply. Wages never increased… We don’t care.
We have our lofty ideal: “We would rather have socialist poverty than capitalist well-to-doness.” (a popular slogan during the Cultural Revolution)
Long live super tyrants!