Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sadly Ordinary Dishonesty - Photographs and Lies

Many thanks for this small gem from Caleb Maupin from Cleveland, Ohio. There is a link to Caleb's blog at the left, or just click here.

A new anti-communist "history" book claims to tell of the horrors of Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" and how it was not a bad economic policy, but an evil genocide against his own people. The cover photo is above. It features what is supposed to be a child starving under Mao's brutal famine.

Here's a closer look:

And this is the photo from Life Magazine, which was used. The photo in Life Magazine is dated in 1946. How did Mao starve this child, when he did not even come to power until 1949? How does this photograph have ANYTHING to do with the "Great Famine" of the early 1960s?

But remember, anyone who questions the narrative of "Mao was another Hitler" is just a lying Communist. Right?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Most of these million +million horror death stories are derived from academics quoting from “The Black book of communism’ and the numbers of ‘missing people” are often derived from different population estimates as the ‘proof”.

And some pretty bad simple mathematical errors long since exposed See for example :
“As you are no doubt aware, your publication titled "The Black Book of Communism" has generated thousands of reviews and articles in all the most widely published press of the West. Its admirers include the likes of France's Jean-Marie Le Pen and these admirers strive mightily to promote your book on the Internet. Therefore, we hope to hear from you soon that you have published an erratum on the following outright arithmetic errors in the book in its 1999 hardback edition:
1. p. 492 "This last province [Anhui], in north-central China, was the worst affected of all. In 1960 the death rate soared to 68 percent from its normal level at around 15 percent, while the birth rate fell to 11 percent from its previous average of 30 percent. As a result the population fell by around 2 million people (6 percent of the total) in a single year." No doubt China would be a very small country by now if this sort of thing were true--a 68% death rate in one year!--instead of the 68.58 per thousand that a bourgeois scholar should have meant. It is mind-boggling mathematical illiteracy to say that the death rate is 68% while only 6% died that year! Conveniently for the authors, the over-statement was a factor of 10 in what they say is the largest single event of death adding up to their 100 million dead from communism, the 43 million of the Great Leap.
2. p. 495 More of the same errors by a factor of ten occur here: "For the entire country, the death rate rose from 11 percent in 1957 to 15 percent in 1959 and 1961, peaking at 29 percent in 1960. Birth rates fell from 33 percent in 1957 to 18 percent in 1961."