How American Wokeness & Cancel Culture Mirror China’s Cruel Cultural Revolution

For the past few months, I have been struck by just how similar America’s “woke” movement is to China’s Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 70s.

For those unaware, Chairman Mao Zedong’s brutal Cultural Revolution resulted in the worst mass murder of Chinese people in modern history. Hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of Mao’s political opponents were exterminated for “crimes against the state.”  Mao’s paramilitary Red Guards and his People’s Liberation Army shut down schools, destroyed religious and cultural relics, and imprisoned intellectuals, political opponents, and even party elites who he believed were opposed to his policies.

While we have not yet reached that level of oppression in America, the similarities are, nevertheless, striking.

Let’s take a look.

To begin, China and America’s reigning elites instituted nationwide indoctrination of K-12 students in which “inconvenient” history was purged and rewritten to coincide with the ruling party’s political and social narratives.

In China, the nuclear family was deconstructed because traditional family values were considered dangerous and opposed to the ruling party.

“Children belong to the state, and parents have no rights when it comes to their education and upbringing,” members of the Red Guard shouted at parents who protested.

Chairman Mao Zedong

Sound familiar? American Parents who protest the indoctrination of their children by schools that teach communist propaganda like Critical Race Theory and the fallacious 1619 Project are branded domestic terrorists by the Department of Justice and investigated by the FBI.

Politically skewed school boards, not parents, reign supreme when it comes to the education of children—even deciding without informing parents whether or not their children should undergo surgical genital mutilation and gender transformation.

In China, organizations and groups that opposed the ruling regime were labeled subversive and traitorous. Their leaders were arrested, condemned, and imprisoned.

Sound familiar? Think MAGA Republicans, Chairman Joe Biden’s favorite sobriquet for America’s opposition Republican Party and conservatives in general.

During the Cultural Revolution, Mao’s political opponents were rounded up, tortured, and jailed by Red Guards and the PLA.

Today several hundred American citizens have been termed “insurrectionists” by the Biden regime for their involvement in the January 6, 2020, protests at the U.S. Capitol Building. They remain in solitary confinement in federal prisons without the benefit of a speedy trial or due process of law—a clear violation of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments to the Constitution.

In both Mao’s China and the United States, religion and the belief in God were authoritatively eradicated from the social order and replaced with secular philosophies and opinions that expressed allegiance to the state, not to any deity.

Mao sought to purge the country of what he called the “representatives of the bourgeoisie who have sneaked into the Party, the government, the army and various spheres of culture…. and to destroy the “Four Olds”—old ideas, old customs, old culture, and old habits.”

In America today, we see the same kind of purge occurring in government, the military, schools, and businesses—all with the tacit and vocal support of the Biden administration. It’s called “cancel culture” rather than “cultural revolution.”

But the goals are the same: to control the populace through fear and intimidation, to eliminate all political opposition, and expand one-party (Democrat) rule.

And it doesn’t stop there. Cancel culture adherents and “woke-tards” want to indoctrinate children so they despise and reject the nation’s established history in favor of the ruling Democrat Party’s fabricated interpretation of a past that reflects and supports a Godless secular state. Additionally, they coerce businesses to go “woke” and support outlandish ideas of gender dysphoria and the bizarre and dangerous cult of transgenderism.

In America, the equivalents of Mao’s Red Guards and the PLA are ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter—both violent organizations supported by the Biden regime. They are committed to destroying all opposition and reconstructing American culture and the social order to reflect Marxist ideals.

Just as Mao’s Red Guard did in the 1960s and 1970s, both organizations have demolished statues and monuments that reflect a past they dislike and have physically attacked individuals they view as enemies.

BLM  & ANTIFA communists on the march

In  China, a cult of personality grew around Mao, and those deemed in need of “re-education” were required to read copies of the “Little Red Book” that were satiated with Mao’s thoughts and communist propaganda.

In America, Democrats have not yet issued a “Little Red Book.” Instead, it’s the mainstream media that feed socialist propaganda to the public by deflecting criticism from Joe Biden. When not deflecting, they employ the bias of omission by ignoring stories that might prove harmful to the Biden administration, such as the infamous Hunter Biden laptop and, more recently, the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of the Biden family and its illicit money-grubbing schemes with nations like China, Russia, Romania, and Ukraine.

The House Oversight Committee revealed that millions of dollars in foreign payments went to at least nine Biden family members as part of an influence-peddling scheme. The committee charged that family members acted as shields for Joe Biden’s corruption. Instead of making a direct payment to “the Big Guy,” which could be seen as a bribe, the money went instead to one or more of these family members.

Instead of digging into this story as any journalist worth his or her salt once did a few decades ago, journalists today chose to ignore the story or dismiss it as the New York Times did with a headline that read: “House Republican Report Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing by President Biden.”

The Times chose to ignore the evidence against other Biden family members or how millions of dollars were funneled through 20 LLCs to them from foreign governments.  It also disregarded other evidence that clearly shows Biden lied about this family not receiving Chinese funds and that he never had any knowledge of his son’s business dealings.

Mao would be delighted with such flagrant media collusion and connivance that is clearly designed to benefit the ruling party.

Finally, there is the fact that China’s Cultural Revolution was characterized by chaos and violence—all of it sanctioned by the reigning Communist Party.

The US also endured chaos and violence during 2020’s “summer of love” when ANTIFA thugs and Black Lives Matter reprobates burned and looted in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. Not even Washington D.C.—the nation’s capital—was spared.

    Minneapolis on fire during “summer of love.”

And Democrats supported all of it, calling the rioting and looting “mostly peaceful.” Our current vice-president even established “get out of jail funds” so the rioters and looters could be quickly released to loot and burn again.

At least China had the good sense to end its Cultural Revolution after ten years of chaos, violence, and political corruption.

I don’t see any end to America’s rampant cancel culture and its fanatically woke adherents unless the current occupant of the White House is sacked by exasperated voters in  2024.

As the Chinese say: “Shàngdì bāngzhù wǒmen!” (God Help Us)

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