Inspired by Russia, Mao wanted to go to space
Mao knew that his people were starving and did nothingSource: Getty Images
The idea that the state mistakenly took too much grain from the countryside because it assumed that the harvest was much larger than it was is largely a myth—at most partially true for the autumn of 1958 only. In most cases, the party knew very well that it was starving its own people to death. At a secret meeting in the Jinjiang Hotel in Shanghai dated March 25, 1959, Mao specifically ordered the party to procure up to one-third of all the grain, much more than had ever been the case. At the meeting, he announced that "To distribute resources evenly will only ruin the Great Leap Forward. When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill."
Mao's punishments were unjustly severeSource: New York Times
The "Great Leap Forward" created mass turmoilSource: Guardian
Millions of people were imprisoned in forced labor campsSource: Reddit
One of the workers became sick for three days and did not meet his quota. At the end of the day, when they lined us up and called our names, that guy was called to the front. 'You didn't meet your quota! You disobeyed Chairman Mao! You neglected your duty!' The troop leader at the camp yelled at him. They tied the guy's hands behind his back and onto a bamboo stick. They ripped his shirt off, exposing his chest bare. The leader continued to yell at him. After a while, they released the guy, and he fell tumbling into a ditch, tearing at his arms, chest, and face. His skin was covered by countless mosquito bites. 'What, I didn't hit you,' said the leader. To this day, I can still hear him screaming in pain.
Mao's crimes have been largely ignoredSource: New York Times
Some people have said the government will arrest me. 'If you stand up, the government will silence you.' But I've never told a single lie. Everything I've said is based on the truth ... Telling the truth is the right thing to do. Only when people find the truth can they find the solution ... This has happened in other countries. Why can't we do it here?