China’s “Great Leap Forward”….1958 to 1962

Holly crap batman! …..this is a totally sad story…. oh the humanity! For all those Conservative Republicans, who constantly tell us how great the 1950’s were, and how we all need to return to the values of that time!, …..I think you need to look at the “bigger” picture! :) It was not a great time for ALL PEOPLES on this big blue planet!

In today’s excerpt – during Chairman Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward, which was an effort to use centralized Communist planning to vault China’s economy past those of the Western European powers, China endured one of the greatest tragedies in human history – the death of over 45 million people:

“Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake Britain in less than fifteen years. By unleashing China’s greatest asset, a labour force that was counted in the hundreds of millions, Mao thought that he could catapult his country past its competitors. Instead of following the Soviet model of development, which leaned heavily towards industry alone, China would ‘walk on two legs’: the peasant masses were mobilized to transform both agriculture and industry at the same time, converting a backward economy into a modern communist society of plenty for all.

“In the pursuit of a utopian paradise, everything was collectivized, as villagers were herded together in giant communes which heralded the advent of communism. People in the countryside were robbed of their work, their homes, their land, their belongings and their livelihood. Food, distributed by the spoonful in collective canteens according to merit, became a weapon to force people to follow the party’s every dictate. Irrigation campaigns forced up to half the villagers to work for weeks on end on giant water-conservancy projects, often far from home, without adequate food and rest. The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives. …

“At least 45 million people died unnecessarily between 1958 and 1962. The term ‘famine’, or even ‘Great Famine’, is often used to describe these four to five years of the Maoist era, but the term fails to capture the many ways in which people died under radical collectivization.

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Published in: on August 11, 2011 at 1:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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400 super rich Americans control more we

Interesting statistic……..does any one really give a shit!…..apparently not! :(

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400 super rich Americans control more wealth in the country than 150 million other Americans
Thom logoEven though a government shutdown was averted – working class people will still be screwed over in America. A new report by Wealth for the Common Good shows that the 400 richest people in America – our nation’s oligarchs – have never had it so good and are paying the lowest taxes ever in their lifetimes.
Those 400 super rich Americans control more wealth in the country than 150 million other Americans, and yet are effectively taxed at a rate of just over 16% while the rest of spay up to 35% plus higher levels of sales, property, and other taxes. To put that in perspective These 400 rich oligarchs effective tax rate has dropped by more than 2/3 since Dwight Eisenhower’s administration – while the rate for working people has nearly doubled. Rich people get a 2/3 tax cut over the last 50 years – working people get screwed with a 100% tax hike.
To make matters worse – average CEO pay increased dramatically last year – despite an 20% real under- and un-employment rate plaguing the rest of us. And yet – now Congress says they’re gonna pass a budget that cuts federal education, health care, and energy assistance programs for working class Americans while doing nothing to make America’s oligarchs pay their fair share or sacrifice even one damn thing.
(How do you think this situation will be reversed? Tell us here.)

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Published in: on April 12, 2011 at 12:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Debtor’s Prison! ….When’s it your turn

Haven’t you had enough!

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Have we officially returned to when the Robber Barons ruled?
We know that millions around the nation have been screwed over by predatory lenders and fine print credit card contracts – and now are swimming in debt. But can you believe that some of these people are actually being thrown in prison for going into debt? That’s right – American in the 21st century is bringing back debtors’ prisons. People who can’t pay off their credit cards can be thrown in jail in a third of the states in our nation – and since the start of 2010 – over 5,000 arrest warrants have been issued against people who owe as little as $1,000 to massively profitable corporations like Capital One.
So let me get this straight – a few years after the financial crisis where massive fraud was perpetrated by Wall Street – not one bankster is in jail – but 5,000 low or middle-class Americans who were screwed over by these banksters were sent to debtor’s prison??
It’s official – Republicans have set our country back more than 100 years – to the 1800’s – when the Robber Barons ruled and our politics were corrupted to the core.
-Thom
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Published in: on March 25, 2011 at 12:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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