New Internationalist

Mao the mass murderer

November 2004

I found your inclusion of Mao’s comments unwelcome and offensive (NI 371). Mao ranks amongst one of the worst mass murdering dictators in history. Having his ‘thoughts and predictions’ – while ironic, given the atrocious conditions Chinese individuals suffer – being detailed underneath the red banner is akin to having Hitler’s thoughts and predictions with the following month’s feature on antisemitism.

Furthermore, the sympathetic ear that Chris Richards gives to the CCP’s handling of democratic issues (Keynote) was poor. There seemed to be a justification of CCP tyranny simply because of supposed welfare and healthcare benefits. The following articles were suitably damning, both of the Party’s human rights records and restrictions on individual liberty.

Paul Frayne Glenroy, Australia

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