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Mao's Cultural Revolution is the End of Culture

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

Mao Tse-tung has become increasingly paranoid but even paranoids have enemies. Mao is the Chairman of Red China and he is trying to modernize his country, but he is doing it by killing off all the people he doesn't like. The current tally is running into the millions. (at this point figure 45 million.) As you can imagine, his subordinates are nervous. Will they be next? Yes. Mao is deeply suspicious of 4 members of the Polit Bureau and has them arrested for treason. They admit it because... I'm not sure why, but my sense is that they are so beaten down, they see no point in going on. Mao is freaking out. He wants only the most trusted around him, so he starts a purge. It's called the Cultural Revolution, but it is not a promotion of culture. It is a revolution AGAINST culture, and it begins at the schools. He accuses teachers of filling the student's heads with culture that will destroy Chairman Mao. He also makes exams illegal, and hands out free food to the students. It's a riot! Teachers are dragged out and beaten. Women are raped. Even at the middle schools, the kids are ready to fight to save Mao! This didn't happen all at once. He has been building a cult of personality aimed at young people, and now its paying off... for Mao anyway. [1] [2] [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Some people suggest that Mao was reasserting his power with the purge. A dictator cannot exercise his power without subordinates that will carry out his orders, so he attacked them to bring them back in line. When President Obama took office I was worried that he was a Mao wanna be. He surrounded himself with political radicals like his communications direction, Anita Dunn, who praised Mao, and Ron Bloom who said that he agreed with Mao that power came from the barrel of a gun. (And wasn't there a Mao Christmas ornament on the White House tree?) I was also freaked out when little kids were singing songs about Obama.... just like for Mao. I was worried, but I wouldn't have to worry so much if the President (ANY President of ANY Party) didn't have so much power. So when I call for limiting the power of the Presidency, it is not because I distrust the CURRENT President. It's because I might not trust the NEXT President who will have the same power. [5] [6]

Tarsis leaves the USSR

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

Valery Tarsis was a Russian writer who had become disillusioned with the Communist party in the USSR and wrote multiple books critical of it's practices. In 1966, he was permitted to emigrate to the West, and then had his Soviet citizenship revoked.[7] His best known book, "Ward No. 7", was a personal account of the realities of the Soviet mental institutions.[8] In it, he talks about how the doctors are abusing the patients, who are mostly political dissidents, rather than actual mental patients. He talks about how they are given random diagnosis, and then all treated with either the anti-psychotic drug aminozin, or an algogenic injection. After he was allowed to leave the USSR, KGB agents attempted to discredit him by attempting to make him appear to be mentally ill to western observers, thereby discrediting his scathing critique of the communist regime and it's "mental health" practices.

My Take by Southpaw Ben
I first heard about the idea of the USSR using mental health institutes as means of imprisoning dissenters from Prof CJ from the Dangerous History Podcast.[9] This reminds me of the modern US's mental health program taken to an extreme length. Like Jack, I find it absurd that we would dope our kids to make them sit still in class, while the schools do things such as cut recess from the schedule. I was recently talking to my 2nd grade teacher, and she was telling me how they only have one short recess a day, compared to the two we had when I was in elementary school, and how they have to follow an exact curriculum and have removed all the creativity from the job. She tries to help manage the kids by having yoga balls that kids take turns using instead of chairs. I look at this and wonder how doctors could be so blind to these aspects of the child's life, and just blindly prescribe them medication, instead of treating the core issues. But then again, I guess saying let kids be kids doesn't pay quite as much as the drug companies do.

Time Magazine Asks, "Is God Dead?"

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

The answer is "No", but since Time magazine never takes "No" for an answer, it gathers a number of theologians to address the question. There is a growing movement that believes that God is dead, and that Man has killed him. The secondary question is "If God is dead, how shall will build a theology without God?" Or if one believes in God, "How can we make God relevant in a modern world?" These are tough questions to answer definitively, but for a popular magazine to even address the subject betrays a major change in the mindset of the public. Why? Because a weekly magazine like Time isn't going to take too many chances in offending the public. Shocking the public? Sure. Offending it? No. This is also the first cover of Time magazine that appears without a picture... only red type on a field of black asking "Is God Dead?". Time concludes that it is up to the individual to determine, but most theologians are focusing on the cover, and not the content. Time marches on. [10] [11] [12]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Over the last century God has been set aside. He is still around, but now He lives in that brick building with the pretty windows. Science has taken His place. We throw a switch and "Let there be light!" When we get a disease, we run to a doctor, and not a priest. That is a good thing. Medical miracles need not destroy one's faith in God, but what does science means in relation to God? It means that God has provided a means to save ourselves if we will seek it. So what is the unbeliever to do? Well, there is no commandment to believe in God, but if you refuse to follow the commandments: thou shalt not murder, or steal, you are going to jail. (And if you commit adultery you might get shot.) Society criticizes religious pressure to conform, but secular society has its own pressure to conform. "Love you neighbor as yourself" has become "Love your neighbor or else!" I'm not going to accept everybody, but I'm willing to let them be, as long as they let me be what God wills me to be. [13]

Notable Births

  • David Cameron: Conservative UK Prime Minister until recently. [14]
  • Matt Drudge: Internet news pioneer. [14]
  • Cindy Crawford: A supermodel who now sells furniture. [14]
  • Shmuley Boteach Pronounced shih-MOO-lee boh-TAY-ahk: Orthodox rabbi, TV host and author of Kosher Sex. (A reasonable book--alexshrugged) [14]
  • -- In Music: Janet Jackson. [14]
  • -- In Comedy: Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live. [14]
  • -- In Sports: Mike Tyson and Troy Aikman. [14]
  • -- In Movies: Adam Sandler, Kiefer Sutherland and J.J. Abrams (director of the Star Trek reboot). [14]

This Year in Film

  • The Bible: In the Beginning...: From Adam and Eve to the Binding of Issac. [15]
  • Fantastic Voyage: Miniaturized scientists travel through the human body. Isaac Asimov does the novelization.. [15]
  • The Trouble with Angels: Teenage girls are sent to a Catholic boarding school. Comedy ensues. [15]
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Narrated by Boris Karloff. [15]

This Year in TV

  • Star Trek: It begins as real sci-fi, but soon becomes unreal. (I love it, but it does get silly at times.--alexshrugged) [16]
  • Batman: A campy version of the dark comic book character. [16]
  • Dr. Who (the Second): He transforms into the actor Patrick Troughton! [16]
  • The 700 Club: A Christian variety program hosted by Pat Robertson. [16]
  • -- In Comedy: That Girl (Marlo Thomas), and The Monkees. [16]
  • -- In Game Shows: The Newlywed Game, and Hollywood Squares. [16]

This Year in Music

  • Strangers in the Night: Frank Sinatra. [17]
  • Good Vibrations: The Beach Boys. [17]
  • And the Beatles dominate: "We Can Work It Out", "Yellow Submarine" and "Paperback Writer". [17]

In Other News

  • The Uniform Time Act is passed: Time zones become a federal concern rather than leaving it to individual states. [10] [18]
  • The Beatles think they are more popular than Jesus: It was an offhand remark. They take it back, but it's too late. [10] [19]
  • Ernesto Miranda was not read his "Miranda Rights"!: He incriminated himself in a confession of his crimes. Later, he is retried and convicted without his confession. (Ernesto was bad boy.--alexshrugged) [10] [20]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1966, Wikipedia.

See Also


  1. Mao’s Cultural Revolution Bred Capitalism. academia.org (May 3, 2016). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “Humanities professor Frank Dikotter, who works at the University of Hong Kong, noted how capitalism sprang up from the ashes of the Cultural Revolution, where millions were killed by Mao’s communist regime.”
  2. 9 Things You Should Know About China’s Cultural Revolution. thegospelcoalition.org (May 24, 2016). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “The Cultural Revolution—officially known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution—was a social and political movement within China that attempted to eradicate all traces of traditional cultural elements and replace them with Mao Zedong Thought (or Maoism), a form of Marxist political theory based on the teachings of the Chinese political leader Mao Zedong, the Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China.”
  3. China silent on Mao's 'big mistake' 50 years after Cultural Revolution - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). abc.net.au (May 16, 2016). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “'Mao Zedong in the mid-1960s was on the verge of losing power, which is why he started this humongous ideological campaign, using the energy of the students and the Red Guards to attack his enemies.”
  4. Cultural Revolution - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “In 1966, China’s Communist leader Mao Zedong launched what became known as the Cultural Revolution in order to reassert his authority over the Chinese government. Believing that current Communist leaders were taking the party, and China itself, in the wrong direction, Mao called on the nation’s youth to purge the 'impure' elements of Chinese society and revive the revolutionary spirit that had led to victory in the civil war 20 decades earlier and the formation of the People’s Republic of China.”
  5. Good Grief... ANOTHER Mao-Praising Obama Czar Caught on Tape (Video). thegatewaypundit.com (October 20, 2009). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “Ron Bloom is the Manufacturing Czar. In the video he admits, 'We kind of agree with Mao that power comes largely from the barrel of a gun.'”
  6. Obama aide fires back at Beck over Mao remarks - CNN.com. cnn.com (October 16, 2009). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “'The third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers: Mao Tse-tung and Mother Theresa -- not often coupled with each other, but the two people I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point which is 'you're going to make choices; you're going to challenge; you're going to say why not; you're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before.'”
  7. Valery Tarsis. Retrieved on 13 March 2017.
  8. Valery Tarsis Is Dead; Soviet Emigre Novelist. Retrieved on 13 March 2017.
  9. Ep. 0105: Peeking Behind the Iron Curtain with Kristaps Andrejsons. Retrieved on 13 March 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 1966 - Wikipedia (2017).
  11. Is God Dead - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 10 March 2017.
  12. Is God Dead? - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 13 March 2017. “Modern science had eliminated the need for religion to explain the natural world, and God took up less and less space in people's daily lives. The ideas of various scholars were brought in, including the application of contemporary philosophy to the field of theology, and a more personal, individual approach to religion.”
  13. Anthropic Cosmological Principle, The. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198519494. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 1966 Births - Wikipedia (2017).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 1966 in film - Wikipedia (2017).
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 1966 in television - Wikipedia (2017).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 1966 in music - Wikipedia (2017).
  18. Uniform Time Act - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 10 March 2017.
  19. More popular than Jesus - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 10 March 2017.
  20. Miranda v. Arizona - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 10 March 2017.

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