90 Miles From Tyranny : The Launch Of America’s Maoist Cultural Revolution?

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Launch Of America’s Maoist Cultural Revolution?

For most Americans, our current summer of discontent launched like a bolt from the blue. It began with the explosion of violence in cities, led by angry mobs attacking and calling for the overthrow of an allegedly unjust old order. Their methods range from mass demonstrations to destruction of political-historical symbols to in-person and online “struggle sessions” often referred to as “cancel culture” in today’s jargon.

The catalyst for the current campaign ostensibly is the May 25 suffocation of George Floyd, seen around the world. The terrible image and reality of former Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee to the victim’s neck, while universally denounced and condemned, provoked a powerful political and media reaction. It also fueled the launch of a mass campaign protesting systemic injustice, whose declared objectives go well beyond issues of race and police conduct at the heart of the Minneapolis tragedy.

While they sympathize with the anger at the injustice in Minneapolis and the need for a systemic response, many Americans can be forgiven for being concerned the current mass movement is not a call for reform or restitution. It is an organized attack on the foundations of America itself.

Targeted mass attack on individuals, institutions and property is alien to the 21st century American experience. Revisionist attacks on public monuments of all kinds are confusing. Shaming and crucifixion of public figures and corporations – who fail to genuflect and seek atonement before the mob – is truly shocking.

Our current experience feels alien and un-American for a reason. It is an echo of the Communist Chinese Cultural Revolution of a half century ago.

Fearing loss of control over the “New China” he established in 1949 after the Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong launched the Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution in May 1966 to purify the nation of...

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