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Mao: The Chinese Joe McCarthy

Note the seventh paragraph of this review in the New York Post. The reviewer

is dealing with a movie about Mao Tse-tung’s Cultural Revolution. He says:

“The chaos, death and Joe McCarthy-like persecution didn’t end until Mao’s

death in 1976.” So the horrors of the Cultural Revolution — university

professors thrown out of windows, concert pianists having their fingers

smashed, “counter-revolutionaries” being killed and then ceremonially

eaten — were “like” a few Hollywood lefties losing their jobs.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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