Only twelve years into his thirty-year reign, Mao Zedong surpassed Joseph Stalin as historys leading mass murderer, according to evidence released recently by the Peoples Republic of China. Jasper Beckers Hungry Ghosts and Zhengyuan Fus Autocratic Tradition and Chinese Politics show that Maos Great Leap Forwardthe nadir of 3000 years of autocracywas far worse than most experts had thought.
|Other Independent Review articles by Bryan Caplan|
|Winter 2005||The Half-Life of Policy Rationales: How New Technology Affects Old Policy Issues|
|Spring 2001||Libertarianism Against Economism: How Economists Misunderstand Voters, and Why Libertarians Should Care|
|Winter 1999||The Political Economy of Dictatorship|