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The real quotation is taken from Mao’s speech in the politburo meeting in Wuchang, 21st November 1958. The honest translation including the context should be as follows:|
“Do not pursuit the vanity, and get a disaster. We should reduce the amount of our task. On the waterworks, the whole nation accomplished 50 billion cubic meters of earth in the last winter and this spring, but for this winter and the next spring, the plan is 190 billion, three times more. There are various other tasks, steel, iron, copper, aluminum, coal, transport, machinery, chemicals, how much labor and financial resource needed?
Working like this, I am afraid that, half of China may well have to die. If not half, one-third, or one-tenth —- 50 million deaths. 50 million deaths, if you are not fired, at least I will be. Should we do so much? It is ok if you really want, but the principle is no death. If you insist, I cannot stop you, but I should not be killed when people die. Next year’s plan is to produce 30 million tons of steel, should we plan so much? Can we do it? How many people must work for it? Will people die? We should lower our tone in this meeting, cool the air down. The string of the Huchin (a Chinese instrument) should not be pulled too tightly. There is a risk of breaking down.”
I think that speaks for itself where Mao is asking (note not telling) his colleagues if they are pushing people to hard, and he did not want the blame for it. Neither did he want the loss of even one life ……..
In the book Mao: The Unknown Story, the authors have deliberately shortened the citation to have a very dark meaning and sold it to the half-baked-potato heads who believe it as true.
What the authors have done is despicable, fraudulent and libelous and something that the likes of David Irving got 3 years in jail for. But not these authors ….. No ….. !
They are praised as being trustworthy and credible by the wooden-tops that are politically supine and cerebrally challenged.
Could it be that liars respect other liars …….. ?
Whatever, the truth no respected author would shorten a citation like this just to make money and satiate their own personal hated, and also show at the same time in writing that they are just proven (in writing) liars …….