“Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul.”
Wow, really? No soul? Isn’t that a little extreme?
Yes, but then, those are the words of Mao Zedong, the Chinese communist leader with the extreme distinction of having caused more deaths than any person in human history – 50 to 70 million, more than Stalin and Hitler combined.
Mao was a rabid believer in “political correctness.” In fact, he wrote the book.
Mao’s 1967 book – officially titled “Mao Zedong on People’s War” (though better known as Mao’s “Little Red Book”) – became the ultimate authority for political correctness during the 1960s. Carried around by millions of Chinese during the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” of 1968, the small, red-plastic-bound book consisted of quotes from Mao’s various writings, including such classics as “Significance of Agrarian Reforms in China,” “Strategic Problems of China’s Revolutionary War,” “On the Rectification of Incorrect Ideas in the Party,” “A Single Spark Can Start a Prairie Fire” and “On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People.”
So, while he was busy transforming China through massive “wealth redistribution” (using violence and terror to seize feudal landowners’ large estates and creating “people’s communes” in their place), leading guerrilla wars, promoting China’s “self-reliance,” writing poetry and philosophy, imposing insane policies that brought about unprecedented levels of death through war, starvation and even mass suicides – not to mention horribly torturing to death thousands of opponents and critics – the still-revered “Chairman Mao” was obsessed with making sure everybody embraced the “correct” views.