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Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the infamous May 16 Notice that officially started China's Cultural Revolution, leading to the ferreting out of "capitalist roaders" and encouraging the Red Guards to embark on a campaign of chaos.
This period has been termed a "disaster" with official Chinese figures putting the death toll at 2 million, 7 million injured and the breakup of 70,000 families.
Chinese culture has a history that dates back thousands of years -- a fact that the Chinese have always been proud of. How then could have the country descended into such a period of self-destruction when there weren't even outside aggressors involved? Never before in Chinese history had such levels of cruelty, violence and lack of morality been seen.
The Cultural Revolution's rise can be attributed to two main causes: the despotic rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the dictatorial hold of Mao Zedong (毛澤東). If China had not been under a communist regime at the time, the Cultural Revolution would never had taken place even if Mao were on the scene. Likewise, if Mao hadn't ruled China, the country could have avoided the bloodshed and tragedy even with the CCP in power.
There is, however, another easily overlooked factor. Without the fervent participation of hundreds of millions of Chinese, Mao and those around him could never have instigated wanton destruction on the scale they did. But why did the Chinese get involved on such a scale? For this, one needs to look at Chinese history.
Within the context of a traditional culture devoid of the values of individualism, honor and freedom, the humiliation felt by the Chinese people following their defeat in the Opium Wars led to a sense of unity and nationhood. But as the Chinese -- from public officials to the masses -- learned and moved toward a consensus subordinating life and the individual to the state, this led to the suppression of the intelligensia and the public's capitulation of their own rights, making it possible for Mao to cast himself as emperor and teacher.
During the Cultural Revolution itself, the Chinese became like wild beasts, a situation made possible by their atheist background and the violence at the heart of communist ideology. They stopped at nothing to achieve their objective, with husbands and wives betraying each other, children denouncing their parents, and students attacking their teachers. It was a time when virtually everyone in China was transformed into a monster complicit in the bloodshed.
As these events unfolded, people were only concerned about ideology: They cared little for individual human lives, much less for honor. The Cultural Revolution brought out the beast in the Chinese; it was a cathartic release of the will to sin.
Today, the CCP does not wish to dwell on the Cultural Revolution because they were implicated in it, including high-ranking party officials such as Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) who was once a Red Guard leader. It is also impossible for the Chinese people to reflect on this period of their history as the dictatorial system that gave birth to it remains in place, and the government still monopolizes the right to interpret history.
Given the current Chinese mentality stressing the importance of achieving one's goal by whatever means, as well as belief in national supremacy and the country's rise as a superpower, it is not too far-fetched a claim to say that the Chinese cultural revolution is alive and well. This poses a threat not only to Taiwan, but to all humanity.

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Spleef Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017
Hi! I would like to inform you that LordElthibar is slinking around under a different username - one that is now a member of your group. :iconmissouripatriot: is LordElthibar's sockpuppet, he has been using it to harass people he already blocked from his main account.
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ACommissionReviewer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Hi there! I think it is important to let you know one of your group members LordElthibar has been saying some extremely hateful things (see below) and could give your group a bad image if his membership continues. He has already been kicked from another group before so don't be afraid of being the 1st.

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ACommissionReviewer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016
No problem! I just wanted to let you guys know since they might be someone of the LGBT in your group and having someone like LordElthibar in it could make things very uncomfortable for them.
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Is this group dead?
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ebturner Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Yes and No. I've not heard anything from TitanicFan1000 in some time. If Titanicfan1000 wants to, I'll take over for a while. But he'd have to give me full rights to the group and I don't know if I have that.

If you want to submit something, go ahead and I'll approve or disapprove it.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't realize or had forgotten that Titanicfan created this group. Are you the only moderator left?

I also see a comment from ACR, above. I'm surprised he doesn't come here to object to something or other more often :P
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ebturner Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
There's four other co-founders still listed. How active they are is unknown to me. I've sent a message to Titanicfan with no reply. I wish he'd just give me control of the group and then I could try to increase membership. It's dying on the vine though. Sadly.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
In response to opinionsprofile's query- I posted that article on Steyn's book because it covers the back-story, ie History, of what was going on with the hockey stick reconstruction.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
My most recent submission, having to do with wikpedia, was submitted because they have a habit of Changing history.
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