Re: A Unity of Opposites: The Dengist and the Red Guard


The Great Leap Forward was not primarily an economic policy at all but part of China's crash program to develop nuclear weapons after the USSR broke off its nuclear technology sharing agreement with China. Looking at Mao as primarily concerned with ideology and domestic social policy is a huge mistake. He was most concerned with avoiding a nuclear attack by the US. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was aimed at avoiding Chinese involvement in Vietnam and offering the US a way out of war in Asia so that it could concentrate on its real interests in Middle Eastern oil, a switch in US strategy that was consummated with Nixon travelling to China to meet Mao. See Franz Schurmann's The Logic of World Power. still the best book on Mao and Communist China.

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