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The Dictator Files: Chairman Mao

Can you name these facts about the infamous Chinese dictator?
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Mao was his family name. What was his given name?
Zedong
What 9,000 kilometer journey did the Communist Army take to escape
from government forces in 1934-35?
Long March
Who was the leader of China before Mao?
Chiang Kai-shek
To what island did that leader flee?
Taiwan
What country did China annex in 1950?
Tibet
What was the name of Mao's economic program that killed tens of
millions of people due to famine?
Great Leap Forward
What was the name of Mao's effort to destroy traditional Chinese society?
Cultural Revolution
Who was the first American President to visit communist China?
Richard Nixon
What sport was used as a diplomatic tool to improve Sino-American
relations in the 1970s?
Table Tennis
What book of Mao's quotations has been printed over a billion times?
Little Red Book
During what brief period of freedom did Mao encourage people
to openly express their opinions?
Hundred Flowers
Campaign
What pop artist made a silk-screen portrait of Mao?
Andy Warhol
What green substance did Mao use instead of toothpaste (according to his doctor)?
Green Tea
In what war did Chinese forces directly fight against American forces?
Korean War
Against what country did China fight a brief war in 1962?
India
In what part of Beijing would you find Mao's mausoleum?
Tiananmen Square
What province was Mao from? (Hint: its capital is Changsha)
Hunan
What river did Mao claim to swim across with superhuman speed at the age of 73?
Yangtze
Who succeeded Mao as paramount leader of China?
Deng Xiaoping
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level 69
May 26, 2017
I've gotten pretty much every question right on these "dictator files" so far. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not...
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level 49
Sep 25, 2017
Takes one to know one, eh? (in your mind, you're ruthless)
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level 83
May 31, 2017
Had an interesting discussion with some college kids about the greatest monsters in history. They were sure the list would have some religious leaders. Not even close - the all-time leaders on the list are the socialists/totalitarians who are bringing the joys of socialism/government control to their people whether they want it or not. After a significant chunk of the populace die, the remaining usually decide to fight back. Sadly not enough are brought to justice for the oceans of blood and the misery they cause.
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level 69
Jun 3, 2017
Usually fight back? People didn't fight back in the USSR - it just collapsed. Most people didn't fight back in China - the same government is still in power. The same goes for Cuba and North Korea. People didn't fight back in Germany - they were beaten in a war.
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level 71
Jun 19, 2017
I'm sure it's because they love their Communist paradises.
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level 61
Aug 23, 2017
China is not communist anymore since Chairman Deng Xiaoping. People have not revolted because in the last few decades, China's quality of life has increased by a huge amount.
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level 60
Sep 25, 2017
China is very much socially Communist. The Party is absolutely in total control of media, communications (such as internet access and looking in on your phone activity), politics, courts, military, assembly, education, population control, people's movements, and any other arena in which they decide they wish to exercise absolute control. Don't let the economic success fool you. Yes, many people are allowed freer movement and access to a better life than 40 years ago but only as the government allows. Overall, things are moving in a better direction. This is good. However, this country is very much still Communist.
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level 77
Sep 25, 2017
How are you defining "monster?" If it's purely by body count do you consider the legacy these people and their followers have had in the following thousands of years? If it's not can you quantify things like the suffering endured by slaves, child brides, subjugated women, etc? The joy absent from the world due to stifled thought? I would have made your conversation more interesting and let your students know they were actually right had I been in the classroom. And I am not extolling the virtues of pseudo-Communist or totalitarian far-right fascist states like the USSR, PRC, DPRK, or Nazi Germany which, in point of fact, function(ed) very much like theocracies organized around a state religion.
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level 68
Sep 25, 2017
Lol at calling the USSR, PRC, and DPRK far-right. And phrases like "pseudo-communist" make you sound like you're nineteen, fighting to establish a new Paris commune in your college town. You're better than all this, kal.
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level 58
Sep 25, 2017
Agreed with amm14 100%, except for the assertion that kal is "better than this".
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level 74
Jul 29, 2018
@amm14 (I believe you am) Perhaps you need to learn the meaning of "or". It's quite simple really. China is pseudo communist. Very few real communist societies exist. The Eskimo settlements before partial assimilation into white nations are a notable example. Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in the Americas, turned around and survived by adopting an ethos of everyone shares and everyone works. So yeah, the societies of almost everyone works while a few live very well and hold immense power over the workers are, in fact, pseudo communism.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2019
I'm not a fan of communism but still know enough to know that China and the USSR were not communist in anything other than name. The Communist manifesto predicted a revolution in the most advanced and industrialized countries in the world led by the workers to overthrow the elites. This never happened and never will. Marx was wrong. Russia and China were impoverished agrarian societies. The gangsters that took over did not believe in liberal values like individuality, personal freedom, etc. They used communist phrasings to justify totalitarianism and state religion. I'm not better than this I'm just better than the state or party-run propaganda that you get your ideas from.
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level 65
Nov 30, 2019
Incorrect. The USSR and PRC were genuine Communist states by the definition of Communism as stated by Marx. It was only after Stalin and Mao died that they somewhat liberalized, and USSR only fully liberalized when it collapsed. They were Communist in every sense of the word, and you for some reason desperately accuse them of being affiliated with religion, whether real or state religion, in order to justify your rabid anti-religious beliefs despite the fact that they murdered us Christians in China.
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level 62
Nov 30, 2019
Kal didn't say those states were affiliated with religion. He said they functioned *like* theocracies, which is accurate. China under Mao operated with a cultish adherence to a particular philosophy of living, which itself involved a lot of nonsensical and arbitrary rules ostensibly intended to foster "right living" that in practice only subjugate the people who live under them. The key difference is whether the supreme and infallible being who made those rules is the country's contemporary ruler (like Mao, Kim Jong-il, or Stalin) or someone who lived thousands of years ago. Maoist Chinese scolded their children by shaming them for not living up to Mao's standards. Religious organizations shame people for being sinners. It's the same thing. Private religion is a totally different animal than state religion. If you choose not to eat meat on Fridays because you believe in that, that's great. If the state tells women they have to cover their faces, that's horrific.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2019
Kyote: so it's your position that Marx predicted the proletariat revolution would happen when gangsters and academics assumed power in the poorest, most agrarian, least industrialized countries in their respective continents? And then they would go on to use single-party rule to create a new caste of social elites loyal to the party and privileged above everyone else, while millions of farmers and workers starved to death? That's interesting. Source?
And... is it also your position that religions never use violence against rival religions? So... no killing at all during the Inquisition, Crusades, 30 Years' War, or Muslim conquest of Western India, for example? That's also very interesting. Source?
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level 47
Aug 7, 2019
OldSailor, I wouldn't call Hitler, Duvalier, Mussolini, Hussein, Leopold III or Assad socialist. It'd be unfair to call only socialists ruthless leaders. Granted Stalin, Mao, Ceaușescu and to an extent, Mugabe don't help my cause.
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level 62
Nov 30, 2019
So much rhetorical energy is spent on debating whether the far left or far right is more brutal, but the ideologies of the leaders seem less significant that the methods they use to amass power: ethnonationalism, scapegoating, demonization of intellectuals, cult of personality. You can substitute religion for nationalism or vice versa, but these brutal regimes demand fealty to the "right way to live," which will separate the true Muslims from the infidels or the real American patriots from the socialists, etc., etc. The rise of socialism or capitalism is much less cause for alarm than the rise of nationalism and antintellectualism.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2019
Whether you are far-left or far-right is really just a matter of opinion these labels shift in meaning all the time and whenever rulers claim ultimate power and become totalitarian or authoritarian it typically doesn't matter whatever flavor of BS they were espousing before they got there. Admittedly I called some of the states above far-right just to trigger some people. I have no emotional investment in the labels of right or left, don't identify as either, and criticize people who identify as both; it's kind of funny when they become blindly loyal to a direction.
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level 77
Sep 25, 2017
Why no credit for Formosa? Isn't that what the island was called at the time of the fleeing? See, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formosa_Resolution_of_1955
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level 76
Oct 31, 2018
Yes, please accept Formosa cos Taiwan wasn't on the map yet.
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level ∞
Jul 30, 2019
Formosa will work now
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level 66
Sep 25, 2017
Strictly speaking Hua Guofeng succeeded Mao, as he wanted a loyal moderate and obscure successor somewhere between reformist Deng Xiaoping and the radical Gang of Four.
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level 66
Mar 17, 2019
The answer is correct based on how the question was asked. While Hua was the president following Mao, he wasn’t powerful enough to be the Paramount Leader, leaving only Deng to achieve that “title”.
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level 48
Sep 27, 2017
Mao is thought to have used black tea, not green tea.
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level 39
Sep 27, 2017
i typed korea and korean for the war question c'mon...
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level 73
Sep 29, 2017
wasn't taiwan called formosa back then? and hence maybe an acceptable type-in? (i didn't bother to look it up to be honest)

ah, didn't see you up there lumi
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level 25
Jun 8, 2018
pretty sure it was the big wok revolution
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level 71
Jul 20, 2018
Yea, a couple of inaccuracies, but I give 4/5**** Next Xi, a.k.a. Winnie the Pooh?
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level ∞
Sep 21, 2019
A couple inaccuracies, yet you don't mention them?
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level 65
Dec 5, 2018
Please start adding "Chang Jiang" as an acceptable alternative to "Yangtze." No one in China calls it the Yangtze.
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level 77
Nov 30, 2019
In his 70s, claiming superhuman physical prowess. What a ridiculous person.
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level 52
Dec 1, 2019
Mao Zedong might have been a bad person, but he was a far better person than Winston Churchill, who is hailed as a hero by many in the west.
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level 77
Dec 3, 2019
honest question: what made Churchill worse than Mao? I'm open to the possibility there are things I don't know about, but Mao killed something like 80 million people, and by all accounts was perfectly fine with that...
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level 52
Dec 5, 2019
Mao Zedong held responsibility for the deaths of around 30 million people, but this was due to incompetence, rather than malice. Churchill, however, deliberately starved millions of indians and put the blame on them for "breeding like rabbits".
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level 77
Dec 5, 2019
You should read up some more on Mao.
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level 32
Dec 4, 2019
Why does Jetpunk seem to only be able to describe the Great Leap forward in terms of famine and xyz number of deaths? that's not actually what it was
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level 77
Dec 5, 2019
pretty significant result of it
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level 32
Dec 6, 2019
Even if you think that, it doesn't make sense to use that to describe it on every single question where the great leap forward is the answer. It was a program of industrialisation, not a genocide. It's also incredibly biased in a brainless kind of way. The Great Leap Forward increased industrial production x13, meant that half of the land in China became irrigated and increasing living standards and life expectancy, but no questions ever use these statistics. Instead people on this site only know the propaganda from their middle school history teacher
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level 77
Dec 6, 2019
Well, someone here certainly has learned some propaganda somewhere...