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“From a very early age—kindergarten—we were taught that our parents are just biological parents. The real parents is ‘the Party,’ and Chairman Mao. And so, if there’s a conflict between choosing your own parents or the Party, you should always, always choose the Party. And that’s basically what the Red Guards did.”
In this episode I sit down with Xi Van Fleet, who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. She’s the author of the new book, “Mao’s America: A Survivor’s Warning.”
“Communism is about abolition of private property. But I would say, more important than that, is the abolition of independent thinking. It’s really, really about control of peoples’ minds. And also, it’s about dividing people. They don’t want to rule over a united population,” says Ms. Van Fleet.
We discuss her childhood under Mao’s regime, and what it was like to be subjected to brainwashing, re-education, and struggle sessions. We also examine woke indoctrination today, and how ideologues are adopting Mao’s methods of re-writing history and destroying the nuclear family.
“Here, especially today in schools, you are supposed to go to ‘trusted adults,’ not your parents. And so, they do not say ‘Party,’ but it is very similar. They want to cut the ties between parents and children. Why? That’s how you control the children,” says Ms. Van Fleet.