Forward shares a common theme of the Great Leap Forward under Mao in China from 1958-1961. An estimated 30 million starved in the deadliest famine in the history of the world which happened in perfectly good weather.
The Great Leap Forward resulted in more property destruction than WWII as 40% of houses were turned to rubble as concentration was placed on the welfare systems of the urban proletariat. The commune system was aimed at maximizing production for provisioning the cities and constructing offices, factories, schools, and social insurance systems for urban-dwelling workers, cadres and officials.
Citizens in rural areas who criticized the system were labeled "dangerous." Traditional customs of the peasants were destroyed and people submitted to public tortures.
When it was over, millions of tons of grain was found in storage, reserved for the party supporters who had also starved. And so began the 40 year reign of Mao with the Great Leap Forward.
Now the peasants smile as they get to work on America's way Forward.
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