20 July 2007

Maoism

I finally finished this biography of Mao that I feel like I have been reading all summer. To my credit, it was really long. Anyway, it occurs to me that a lot of the 'Communist' leaders of the last century were really shitty Communists. Mao, really, wasn't a Communist so much as a Maoist. He was, like Lenin and Stalin, a totalitarian dictator that used the word 'Communism' to promote his own philosophy, but it's not really Communism.

The book was really one-sided, so I am hoping to find something a little more balanced. My reading list is pretty long right now, though. Next up is Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence. It looks okay.