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    AoT, FG, HamdenRice personalist explanations but I think there were two things about Mao that led him to this.  One is that he sensed he was getting old and this was as close as he could get to immortality--making himself the lodestar of zillions of young people and cutting out the middlemen, the whole intervening population of adults.  Closely related to this is what we now know about Mao, which is that he had an almost Beria-level thing for sexual abuse of young girls.  PJ O'Rourke once joked that student radicalism was all about getting beddable girls, and Christopher Hitchens hypothesized more broadly that male political ambition was all about the same thing, and I suspect that Mao considered the GPCR a kick-ass way to spend some depraved quality time with high school girls.  It's only massive overkill if you're not crazy.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:17:50 PM PDT

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