That Dirty Rotten Mao. What a snake! A short history lesson.Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 23:21
I was watching a video on here, and it reminded me of Mao's "Hundred Flowers Campaign" - here courtesy of Wikipedia:
The Hundred Flowers Campaign, also termed the Hundred Flowers Movement, (simplified Chinese: 百花运动; traditional Chinese: 百花運動; pinyin: Bǎihuā yùndòng) was a period in 1956 in the People's Republic of China during which the Communist Party of China (CPC) encouraged its citizens to openly express their opinions of the communist regime.
Differing views and solutions to national policy were encouraged based on the famous expression by Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong:
"The policy of letting a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend is designed to promote the flourishing of the arts and the progress of science."
But after this brief period of liberalization, Mao abruptly changed course, and launched a crackdown on opposing viewpoints. The crackdown continued through 1957 as an Anti-Rightist Campaign against those who were critical of the regime and its ideology.
Those targeted were publicly criticized and condemned to prison labor camps.
Mao remarked at the time that he had "enticed the snakes out of their caves."
Be careful out there folks. It is treacherous.