They say history is written by the victors, and in the war against the people of China, Mao Zedong was clearly the winner. Several decades after his death, a gigantic 120 foot gold painted statue is being erected in his honor, within a rural county of the Henan province. Given the actions and beliefs of this
man monster, his new statue is rife with irony.
For starters, the 3 million yen ($460,000) statue is largely being funded by local businessman and entrepreneurs. Obviously, those are the sorts of people who Mao would have had shot during his rule. The rest of the funding has come from donations by local villagers, whose ancestors were likely killed by Mao. The dictator’s economic policies were so disastrous and authoritarian, that they led to the starvation of millions of peasants. The rural province where this statue is being built, was actually ground zero for one of Mao’s worst famines in the 1950’s.
The gaudy gold statue is really just a testament to how brainwashed and repressed some Chinese citizens really are, which is clearly a legacy of Mao’s reign of terror. It is an ode to his cult of personality, and how collectivist systems are always held together by small groups of brutal and romanticized strong-men.
At its core, these systems represent the pinnacle of elitism, and only a society that is oppressed by these elites, would ever build such a statue. In that sense, this structure perfectly captures the embodiment of communism.
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