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PostMao, Hitler, Stalin: Who Killed More? Ian Johnson in "NYRB" (Paul Levine, Denmark, 04/16/18 3:27 am)
I share Istvan Simon's admiration for George Zhibin Gu's heartbreaking entries on Modern China.
And I share Istvan's passionate feelings about Mao Zedong's monstrous actions. Perhaps WAIS readers would be interested in the attached article from the NYRB by an excellent journalist, Ian Johnson.
JE comments: Click below. Ian Johnson does the grim math we've attempted several times on WAIS, and comes up with a Mao death toll of at least 40 million. This gives the Chairman the perverse gold medal for the 20th century's worst mass murderer.
Johnson answers a question I raised yesterday: it was possible for the Soviets to de-Stalinize, as they still had Lenin in the background to legitimize the regime. Mao for the Chinese is both Lenin and Stalin, so the Party cannot "disown" him without jeopardizing their power.