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NYT pegs the absurdity needle: For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.



One of the fascinating aspects of studying the Left is that they are endlessly contradictory. In some cases a new socialist regime will be celebrated by the Left as a pre-eminent utopia, and later on deny that was socialist when it inevitably fails. In others the Left will do it’s level best to whitewash the horror of mass murder and brutal oppression of past collectivist system in hopes of reviving their base ideology. The New York Times is currently in the later process with it’s series ‘Red Century’ Exploring the history and legacy of Communism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution, with delightful pieces such as: “Why George Bernard Shaw Had a Crush on Stalin” and “My Grandfather, the Secret Policeman.”

In this case, the New York Times is ignoring the horrible aspects of Chinese Communism while holding it up as a bastion of feminism: For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.

How Did Women Fare in China’s Communist Revolution? | Helen Gao, New York Times the Communist revolution brought women more job opportunities, it also made their interests subordinate to collective goals. Stopping at the household doorstep, Mao’s words and policies did little to alleviate women’s domestic burdens like housework and child care. And by inundating society with rhetoric blithely celebrating its achievements, the revolution deprived women of the private language with which they might understand and articulate their personal experiences.

At the beginning of the piece the author quotes her grandmother:

The Communists did many terrible things,” my grandmother always says at the end of her reminiscences. “But they made women’s lives much better.”

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Does that make sense to anybody?


Final Thoughts

It’s been said that the decreased population that resulted from the Black Death of the 1340s assisted the survivors because they now had more opportunities, but was it worth the millions who died? To be clear, there is simply no comparison between the advantages of economic liberty to that of Communism. In most collectivist systems one is told what they are going to study and their ultimate career path, this is hardly conducive to one dream(ing) big. It is only under the flag of freedom that all people are allowed to rise of fall, according to their innate gifts and abilities.

It is also beyond absurd to dismiss the “terrible things” of Communism and other socialist systems given the sheer magnitude of their crimes. Can women ‘dream big’ in North Korea and Venezuela when they struggle on a daily basis to feed their children?

Differential equations teaches us that one can use the initial conditions of the present to extrapolate events in the near term balanced with the knowledge of the past. The interaction of technological advances and the march of history is fascinating. History can inform those willing to listen as to what will happen in the future because the laws of human natural are as immutable as the elegant equations of Newtonian physics.

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