by Barbara Demick published in The Atlantic
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Demick reviews Yang Jisheng's new book "The World ...Show description
Posted 837 days ago
I'm not sure if Jisheng does this in the book, as i haven't read it, but i am always amazed at how Western writers try to compare the Communist parties to Western dictators. They try to draw parallels in the narcissism of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, etc. to the leaders of the Communist Party.
I simply don't think this is an accurate correlation. The Party believes in the revolution if the people and the progress of China, not the authoritarianism of a meniacle Hitler (insert other fascist leaders). I think we need to change the dialectic of how we talk about Mao and Xi and the Communist Party in the West, and realize that there is no correlation to these historical doctors but that they are a form of politician that is itself unique.