Why the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the people’s Republic of China should be a day of mourning
Today is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, which marks the occasion when the Communist Party seized power in the world’s most populous nation. The regime established then remains in power today, and is holding a massive celebration. But today is more properly an occasion for mourning. It is an appropriate time to remember the horrific injustices of the government that committed the biggest mass murder in the history of the world, and numerous other injustices and atrocities.
Though it gets nowhere near the level of attention it deserves, Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward was in fact the biggest mass murder in all of human history. I discussed its enormous scale here:
“Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world? Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even more innocent people than Hitler did, many of them as part of a terror famine that likely took more lives than the Holocaust. But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.”