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There are statistics that show both population and life expectancy DOUBLED from 1949 to 1976. So the CPC did solve the perennial problems of hunger, disease, opium-addiction, etc. during the Maoist Era. Western propaganda likes to use the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward as a trope to demonize Mao while ignoring his political achievements which liberated hundreds of millions from feudal oppression, opium-addiction, gangster-capitalist exploitation, imperialist subjugation, etc.
To this day, Western propagandists even ignore what Chinese Socialism has achieved after having split from Soviet Communism since the 1960s. Chinese Socialism has moved so far beyond Soviet Communism in the same way that Nordic Social Democracy has moved so far beyond Anglo-American Capitalist Oligarchy as to warrant a separate category. In the political spectrum of ideological systems, Chinese Socialism occupies the moderate Left while Nordic Social Democracy fits into the moderate Right. Both Soviet Communism and Anglo-American Capitalist Oligarchy occupy the extreme Left and extreme Right respectively.
The fact that political discourse in the Capitalist West completely ignores the ideological distinctions between Chinese Socialism and Soviet Communism on the Left hand and Nordic Social Democracy and Anglo-American Capitalist Oligarchy on the Right hand merely proves the lack of political sophistication in the Capitalist West. Instead of displaying political maturity, the Western media distorts historical reality by propagating childish non-sense which is oft-repeated ad nauseum by Western posters who blindly regurgitate Western propaganda here.
Look, you raise valid points there buddy, I agree with a lot of what you are saying, particularly the way western media never mention these things, there are other things Mao did also such as womens rights, instead of them just having bound feet and being called a number (3rd daughter or something) instead of a name.
You can also argue that these things would have happened anyway as the world and China gradually modernised, the natural progression of the human race. Maybe quicker under someone who wasn't so psychopathic.
But yes, buddy, im not some pro west China basher, i hate western people that do that to china, i am not one of those, but when i see a spade, ill call it a spade, you get no smoke and mirrors with me, ill simply call out something as i see it, not taking any sides, just open opinions.
I think the great leap forward screwed the minds of that particular generation of people, permanently. Of course that wasn't maos intention, but it happened, and it was his fault, and instead of admitting error his pride and ego took over which caused the deaths of millions. Anyway, im not here to talk about mao, i didmt write this post for that, i was just writing to say how the great leap forward affected my wifes parents more than the cultural revolution.