THE RE­TURN OF MAO

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

July 1 marked the 90th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Chinese Com­mu­nist Party. To cel­e­brate, the po­lit­i­cal land­scape of China has be­come like a replica of to­day’s Stal­in­ist North Korea or Mao’s China where self-glo­ri­fi­ca­tion has no bound­aries.

In ad­di­tion to rou­tine dis­plays of self-con­grat­u­la­tion for the Com­mu­nist Party’s achieve­ments in ev­ery pos­si­ble as­pect of hu­man ex­is­tence, one par­tic­u­lar ef­fort was ev­i­dent in bring­ing back what the com­mu­nists re­gard as the glory of Mao Ze­dong, the com­mu­nist leader re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of tens of mil­lions of Chinese peo­ple dur­ing his bru­tal rule from 1949 to 1976.

Mao-era songs and mu­sic, known as “Red Songs,” were or­dered to be per­formed na­tion­wide. Two schol­ars, the econ­o­mist Mao Yushi and the his­to­rian Xin Zil­ing, were sin­gled out as traitors for slan­der­ing Mao in their ar­ti­cles and speeches.

Seiz­ing this op­por­tu­nity, for­eign-born Maoists are see­ing a resur­gence too. Harpal Brar, the cur­rent chief of the Com­mu­nist Party of Great Bri­tain (Marx­istLenin­ist), was fea­tured promi­nently June 27 in the of­fi­cial party news­pa­per, the Peo­ple’s Daily, prais­ing the Chinese Com­mu­nist Party’s great con­tri­bu­tion to the In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nist move­ment and the cur­rent lead­ers’ con­tin­u­a­tion of Mao’s anti-im­pe­ri­al­ism spirit.

Start­ing the first week of June, sev­eral for­eign-born Maoists were pro­filed one by one in the Peo­ple’s Daily’s “Strong China Fo­rum,” a bas­tion of ul­tra­na­tion­al­ism and ide­o­log­i­cal rhetoric, for their life­long de­vo­tion to the Chinese com­mu­nist cause. They in­cluded Solomon Adler, a com- mu­nist agent who op­er­ated in­side the Trea­sury Depart­ment dur­ing World War II; Joan Hin­ton, a rad­i­cal Maoist and nu­clear physi­cist who worked on the Man­hat­tan Pro­ject with a life­time ded­i­ca­tion to bring­ing down “Amer­i­can im­pe­ri­al­ism” from her priv­i­leged dairy farm near Bei­jing; and Is­rael Ep­stein, a Soviet KGB spy turned die-hard Maoist and one of China’s chief for­eign-born pro­pa­gan­dists.

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Nos­tal­gia, Chicom style: A tourist dressed as a Com­mu­nist Red Army sol­dier poses for pho­tos in front of a com­mu­nist leader Mao Ze­dong’s poster at an old Com­mu­nist Party base in Yan’an, in north­west­ern China’s Shaanxi prov­ince, on June 30. Yan’an is cel­e­brated as the birth­place of China’s com­mu­nist revo­lu­tion. Com­mu­nist forces led by Mao Ze­dong, ousted from bases in the south, re­treated to Yan’an dur­ing the Long March and from there plot­ted the revo­lu­tion that brought them to power in 1949.

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