"It is estimated that Mao [Zedong] caused the deaths of 70 million Chinese.In his youth, Mao was fond of saying, "People like me have a duty to ourselves; we have no duty to other people." Mao must have firmly believed this. There is little else that could explain his tranquility in the face of the suffering triggered by his policies. Chinese government figures show that by 1960, the average Chinese was eating about 1,500 calories a day - a diet equivalent to that of slave-laborers at Auschwitz. Mao, like Stalin, indisputably murdered more people than Hitler. The bulk of the deaths for which Mao was responsible stemmed from the famines caused by his mad agricultural collectivization program.
In short, [Will] Hutton argues that the crimes of communist China's founder shouldn't “blind us to achievements which paved the way for its current modernisation”. By the same token, I suppose Hitler laid the foundations of modern Germany by reviving the economy, building the Autobahns and getting rid of those frightful Jews.Doctor! More Lithium here please!The Left-wing thinker- don’t you just despair?" - Istanbul Tory commenting on Will Hutton's article praising Mao Zedong in today’s Guardian newpaper