Chinese Professor Fired After Criticizing Mao, Leading To Violent Protests
by Tyler Durden
Jan 10, 2017
While in the US, the economist profession has seen a devstating drop in reputation over the past few years as the accuracy of economists’ predictions has drastically suffered under the “New Normal”, at least they are allowed to opine on virtually every matter without fear of consequences. That, however, is not the case in China where a local professor has been fired after criticizing Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in a commentary he posted online that has enraged leftists.
Mao, who died on Sept. 9, 1976, is still officially venerated by the ruling Communist Party as the founder of modern China and his face appears on every yuan banknote. But, as Reuters notes, he is particularly respected by leftists who believe the country has become too capitalist and unequal over three decades of market-based reforms, and attitudes towards Mao and his legacy mirror differences between reformers and traditionalists.
So when Deng Xiaochao, 62, an art professor at Shandong Jianzhu University in central China, posted a commentary on his Weibo social media site, dated Dec. 26, Mao’s birthday, suggesting Mao was responsible for a famine that led to 3 million deaths and the Cultural Revolution in which 2 million died, the outrage was immediate. “The only thing he did right was die,” his post said.