In Mao’s China, They Even Monitored Talking in Your Sleep

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“Not long after Chairman Mao came to power in China, idealistic college students learned that political fidelity to Mao and the Communist Party was the most important virtue they needed to demonstrate. Party or Youth League members were present at every meal and in every dorm room. Historian Frank Dikotter described in his book The Tragedy of Liberation, ‘These Communists took notes on the day and night behaviour of every student. Even the words of a student talking in his sleep were recorded and considered for political significance.’ Despite the stark lessons of history, Chinese youth are again gravitating towards Mao’s totalitarian gospel, seeing Mao ‘as a hero who speaks to their despair.'” (05/18/23)