Dr Kerry Bolton continues to publish outstanding research exposing the agenda of the Left. Unlike past critics he digs deeper showing that Leftism is often genuinely psycho pathological. His paper "Psychopathology of the Left" (Part III) is part of an extended argument which shows how Leftist psychology in the West mirrored the use of psychiatry "back in the USSR" to delegitimise those not holding progressive, politically correct values and ideologies. The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, a standard part of mainstream sociology formulated a "F" or "fascism" scale, where even family bonds were classified as latent "fascism". This is nothing more than "politicised sociopathy".
Chairman Mao Zedong was romanticised as a revolutionary like the Guevara; in this case the young leftist cubs wore T-shirts with I think a young Marlon Brando who played him in a movie. It was not unknown for university lecturers to deck out there offices as something of a shrine to Mao. Mao was not white, so he was a perfect hero for deracinated academics with too much money, too much time on their hands, and too few IQ points.
When Mao died Gough Whitlam said : "Under Mao's leadership; the Chinese people found the strength for a prodigious effort of revolutionary struggle… He was the authentic father of his people and the new China". Can this be the same Mao, described by J.Chung and J.Halliday in Mao: The Unknown Story, (Jonathan Cape, London, 2005) as being responsible for "well over 70 million deaths in peacetime, more than any other 20th century leader"? (p.3)
Briefly, young Mao exhibited disturbing traits, being expelled or asked to leave at least four schools, and fighting with his father, all of which was contrary to the way a Chinese son should have acted at the time. In 1968 he said that if his father was alive he would have had him tortured as he was doing to his political foes. Hatred of fathers, who are decent and hard-working, is common in the leftoid camp, especially among feminists.
Although Western Maoists saw Mao as being concerned about the plight of poor peasants Chang and Halladay write that he had no concern for their plight. He himself avoided manual work and was very much the perpetual student until entering revolutionary politics, joining the Communists in 1920.
Mao saw communism as a way of destroying Chinese culture and he hoped that all of the prose and poetry collections from the Tang and Sung dynasties onwards could be destroyed. He also expressed in his early writings a view that all that mattered was his ego and will to power and that morality "must be swept away by the great impulse" in the nature of a great man of history such as him. He compared himself to a "sex-maniac on heat and prowling for a lover".
Dr Bolton summarises : "This is the mentality of the sociopath rationalised as a philosophy, which Mao approvingly compares to the will-to-power of a rapist. In Marxism, which aims at the destruction of all normative morality as nothing other than a class control mechanism, Mao, masses of other Leftists, found the creed of the compulsive liar, the thief, the murderer and rapist elevated to philosophical justification. Such sociopaths had more than individuals or immediate communities upon which to prey: they had entire nations and populations of millions upon which to wreck suffering for their own gratification, in the name of 'liberty, equality, fraternity’, or 'the dictatorship of the proletariat'.
Whilst Leftists were swooning at the thought of Mao during the "Long March" (1934) struggling on with his rifle, out front, in actual fact he was carried on a bamboo litter most of the way. Mao read whilst his “slaves" carried him up mountains on their knees, often rubbing the skin off their knees to carry the big bludger. As dictator he lived like an emperor with lavish properties. Swimming pools were kept heated all year round in case he visited and decided to swim. While the people starved Mao’s meals were equally as "over-the-top" in their luxury.
In this context it is easy to understand the brutality of the Cultural Revolution and its revolt against tradition and civilisation itself. The Red Guards unleashed a frenzy of destruction against China's cultural past, to elevate Mao himself to godhood. Dr Bolton compares this to akin to murderer Charles Manson becoming US president, only with dictatorial powers. The Red Guard raided thousands of homes and Mao had his pickings of the home invasions. All in all, he was just a low-grade crook.
Mao was a madman. But the psychopathology of Mao is not unique to him : it is found in many of the Left who do not have power such as his. The chanting mobs facing Pauline Hanson back in the late 1990s is a good example; pensioners being brutally attacked by Leftist thugs. It is thus correct to see Leftism itself as a form of severe mental illness :
"Marxism is the creed of the sociopath because it gives a moral facade for destruction in the name of a higher ideal. Like any form of sociopathy, it uses deception as a beguiling strategy. Marxism overtly justifies lies and deception in terms of 'revolutionary morality', calling normative plurality bourgeois, and mass murder is justified in the name of 'class war', even when the classes being exterminated are no more than peasants and shop-keepers. Marxism frees the sociopath from normal moral restraints in the name of a higher good, no matter how much suffering is involved".
This is the creed though, which has mutated into cultural Marxism, that now runs through our culture like an open sewer.