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Mao Tse-Tung is to this day viewed by many as a father of communism on par with Lenin Stalin and other heroes of the old Soviet Union He is deified by the ruling Chinese communist party and is seen as a brilliant tactician and ideologue by Marxist-Leninists and mainstream communists worldwide He is seen by many to have a lasting legacy both within China and throughout the world that promotes communism as a viable sustainable system In reality Mao Tse-Tungs legacy is nothing more than a series of gross military failures and brutal economic disasters that killed millions of Chinese people and hindered the growth of global Communism Maos failures were veneered over by his successors in an attempt to maintain Chinese solidarity and to preserve the cult of personality that permeated his leadership and kept his regime in power Maos political career can be broken up into three distinct time periods the period before the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China the initial period of socio-economic reforms referred to as the Great Leap Forward and the period of the Cultural Revolution in which Mao solidified his cult of personality just before his death These three periods survey the entire span of Maos leadership and stand testament to his ineptness each highlighting key events in which Mao blundered his responsibilities to the Chinese people and had to be rescued by his subordinates and other members of the party elite Like other powerful genocidal leaders like Adolph Hitler Maos biggest weakness was an over-dependence on theoretical ideology developing a political or economic theory and adhering to it with such stubborn religious zeal as to ignore common sense even when failure is inevitable Though many dispute Maos supposed brilliance in terms of economic and social theology many accept him as at least a noteworthy military tactician His forces did after all eventually defeat the nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-Shek in pre-PRC China However this victory
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