As I continue to wade through the insane (no other word for them) details of Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore, it occurs to me to wonder whether anyone has yet produced a similar account of Mao’s Cultural Revolution?  Is the information even available?  I’m not sure even the Chinese know how many millions of poor souls Mao did away with, except that he more than likely out-scored old Uncle Joe (the two of them making Hitler look like a lightweight.)

It strikes me also that such an examination would be extremely important and here’s why:  Aside from a few die-hard fellow travelers and idiot college kids, most people today understand that the Soviets were a mad, bad lot and that Stalin was pure evil.  On the other hand, there remains a curious benignity in the West toward the ChiComs, with Mao perceived not as an even more psychotic villain than Stalin, but somehow as almost cute.  (Seriously. Walk down the street with a Hitler tee-shirt and you’ll be arrested for hate crimes.  Walk down the street in a Mao shirt and you’ll be thought hip.)   Progressivism, with which we seem to be flirting once again, is totalitarianism’s little brother.  (Or, as Peej O’Rourke says, Communists worship Satan, Socialists believe perdition is a good system run by bad people and Liberals think we should all go to hell because it’s warm there in the winter.)  Given that, and to avoid slippery slopes, it seems to me that we should know the truth of the matter about what happens when somebody sets out to perfect Mankind.

Oh, almost forgot to ask:  If you could recommend any such book, I’d appreciate it.