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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through]

America is going through a Cultural Revolution, but we counter revolutionaries can draw some instruction and perhaps encouragement from the fact that this drama has been played out before, in China from 1966 to 1976.

We shouldn’t get too carried away with the comparison. There are of course important differences between China’s Cultural Revolution and ours. Most importantly, Mao’s China was monoracial, or effectively so. The key battles of his Cultural Revolution were fought over class, whereas in ours the central issue is race.

That doesn’t mean we are fighting a race war, any more than Mao’s Red Guards were fighting a class war. When China’s Cultural Revolution started, the Communist Party had held total power for seventeen years. Capitalism had been pretty thoroughly stamped out, just as anti-black discrimination has long since disappeared from American life.

But Mao told his followers that “bourgeois elements” were at work in the party, trying to restore capitalism. Similarly, our own ruling class say that reactionary whites are plotting to restore “white supremacy,” which I think means Jim Crow laws.

Both those story lines are preposterous on the face of it; but when you have total control of public information, as Mao had and our elites very nearly have, you can get enough people to believe preposterosities.

And so you get these Cold Civil Wars, with bogus story lines in support of what are really just power struggles. In China the war was within the Communist Party, Maoists versus reformers; in the U.S.A. it’s among whites, the Wokes versus the Normals, Goodwhites versus Badwhites.

The real stakes being fought for in both cases are power. Mao could not tolerate any opposition to his schemes. Our own Managerial State feels the same way.

There were spells of heat in both of the Cold Civil Wars. The revolutionary center enlists fired up young radicals to burn and loot, to topple statues, destroy all evidence of the past, and chase down counter revolutionaries, without any punishment. In China it was the Red Guards; in America, it’s BLM and Antifa.

As I said, you can’t take the parallels too far. The People’s Liberation Army, for example, was a more important factor in China’s Cultural Revolution than the U.S. armed forces are likely to be in ours.

Still, a study of what was happening in China fifty years ago clarifies what is happening here today, and may help us counter revolutionaries in our strategizing.

No one is more aware of all this than Chinese people who actually lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution. One of them stepped forward this week at a public meeting of the Loudoun County School Board in Virginia.


Loudoun is the richest county in the U.S.A., with an estimated average household income of almost $118,000. This is government money we’re talking about: Leesburg, the county seat, is just thirty miles from the White House. Ruling class of the Managerial State? Oh yeah.

The county school board has been facing some opposition from parents recently. The teaching of Critical Race Theory has of course been one issue; another was the suspension of an elementary school teacher for believing, on religious grounds, that males and females are biologically different [Virginia teacher placed on leave after speech disputing ‘biological boy can be a girl and vice versa’, by Sam Dorman, Fox News, May 28, 2021]. (A judge has ordered the teacher to be reinstated.)

At a school board meeting on Tuesday, one of the parents attending, a lady named Xi Van Fleet, made an eloquent one-minute speech.

Ms. Van Fleet grew up in Mao’s China and remembers the Cultural Revolution there. Here’s what she had to say.

The lady has some Chinese accent still and the recording quality wasn’t very good, so for clarity I’ll just repeat here what she said.


I’ve been very alarmed about what’s going on in our schools. You are now teaching, training our children to be Social Justice Warriors, and to loathe our country and our history.

Growing up in Mao’s China, all this seems very familiar. The communist regime used the same Critical Theory to divide people. The only difference is, they used class instead of race.

During the Cultural Revolution I witnessed students and teachers turn against each other. We changed school names to be politically correct. We were taught to denounce our heritage. The Red Guards destroyed anything that is not communist: old statues, books, and anything else.

We [were] also encouraged to report on each other, just like the Student Equity Ambassadors program and the bias reporting system. This is indeed [the] American version of the Chinese communist … the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

The Critical Race Theory has its roots in Cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our schools.

Virginia mom who survived Maoist China eviscerates school board’s critical race theory push, by Michael Ruiz, Fox News, June 10, 2021

There was loud and prolonged applause when she finished.

This is still Loudoun County, though—Ruling Class Central—and counter revolution has by no means won the day there.

It’s encouraging, none the less, to see such spirited resistance in the face of what a different parent called the Chardonnay Antifa [Virginia school board meeting explodes as members face backlash for suspension of Tanner Cross, by Sam Dorman, Fox News, June 9, 2021].

More strength to him, and to Ms. Van Fleet.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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  1. There was loud and prolonged applause when she finished.

    Good to know. Well done Derb.

    • Agree: Polistra
  2. It’s pathetic that most Americans are too cowardly to stand up to being called names. An old foreign-accented, face-diapered Chinese lady said what plenty of Americans are too scared to. Not only do we need immigrants to do the work that Americans Just Won’t Do™, but I guess now we need immigrants to fight the Cultural Revolution that Americans just won’t fight.

  3. Trinity says:

    Didn’t read the article but I assume this is the lady that Tucker featured on his show recently. Experience is ALWAYS the best teacher, but she didn’t drop the J-bomb. How are you going to defeat an enemy you refuse to identify??

    France, Spain, South Africa, Russia, China, to the current Nerd Revolution, this thing goes way back, back into time when the only people that existed were troglodytes, cavemen, cave-women, neanderthal. It really doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out but it baffles people as bright as Tucker and the “collage” educated metro/pan/homosexuals over at CNN can’t put a finger on what is wrong in America. Hell, even someone as smart as Honest Joe can’t figure it out. Want answers? Just go and ask some 11 year old kid in some foreign nation outside of the West and they will tell you what the problem is in America and Europe.

    Cue: Troglodyte by Jimmy Castor Bunch

    • LOL: Lancelot_Link
  4. TyRade says:

    so Red Guards now blackguards!

  5. Voltarde says:

    It’s not just the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” from Mao’s China that offers a disturbing parallel to current politics in the USA.

    The “Green New Deal” will be America’s “Great Leap Forward”, with equally catastrophic results.

    • Agree: Rich
  6. Why does Conservative Inc. constantly feign outrage and shock that Democrats are communists. Do you really think anyone with 2 brain cells doesn’t realize Democrats are communists ?

    “Democrats are the real racists!” – congrats you get a cookie for noticing the obvious but what makes you think calling them out will reverse their position ?

    • Agree: Rich, GeneralRipper
    • Replies: @JMcG
  7. Rich says:

    I’m beginning to accept that only maniacs, or almost only maniacs, are allowed to run and be elected to public office. The democrat elected congressmen and senators, who are overwhelmingly White skinned, are trying to force through laws that will deny their grandchildren basic civil rights. How insane must they be? Blacks were barely a blip on the American radar, they were a Southern phenomenon and even there, only illiterate farm workers restricted to a few regions. They’ve been handed their freedom and the vote, let’s move on.

  8. The US elite have found a new reason, which they can sell, for crushing rival institutions of domestic power. Doubtless most of them believe in it, because why wouldn’t they?

    When will this fire stop? Perhaps only when enough important people have been personally burned, or know someone who has, to be sickened by the intolerance, myopia and sadistic cruelty of the movement.

  9. @Achmed E. Newman

    Chinese LEGAL Immigrants are the highly racialized nonwhite voting bloc…along with the other nonwhite Fifth Columns in America….that massively empowered the Democratic Power to point that the Democratic Party has achieved Police State Power. I can live without cheap Chinese Coolie Labor if that’s what you are referring to. And I fanatically oppose the H-1B…L1 B Visa Program.

    You live in Australia right? If you do…stay there…

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  10. @War for Blair Mountain

    Nope. You live on Long Island, right? Stay there.

    (Sorry, Mr. D, I hope this guy’s not right by the next stop on the LIRR.)

  11. @Achmed E. Newman

    An old foreign-accented, face-diapered Chinese lady said what plenty of Americans are too scared to. Not only do we need immigrants to do the work that Americans Just Won’t Do™, but I guess now we need immigrants to fight the Cultural Revolution that Americans just won’t fight.

    Yeah, just the same though, Achmed, the Asians getting their asses beaten all over the country by blacks refuse to call a spade a spade and instead blame White racism, thereby diminishing the notion of their high intelligence. Of course the problem there is the Asians in a position to bleat and fart over their beatings are yellow, pan-faced feminists steeped in their own racist notions against Whites and so are incapable of telling the truth of the matter. This one Tiger Mom doesn’t diminish the other issue, for me, anyway.

    • Agree: 3g4me
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  12. anon[201] • Disclaimer says:

    Funny that today in the MSM an attempt is being made to turn this around:

    The central point being that CRT is an imaginary creation of the right to infiltrate school boards. I find the article bizarre and virtually unintelligible. Call it weak counterpunching within the ever evolving narrative.

  13. JMcG says:
    @Johnny Hooker

    The problem is that republicans are communists as well.

  14. @Jim Christian

    Sorry for the late reply, Jim. I try to separate out those relatively few ctrl-left idiotic, often evil, broads that put out these editorials that Steve Sailer often features from normal clear thinking Oriental people. I think most of the latter would call a spade a spade, at least to their family members. Will they still take advantage of this yet another blame-the-White-Man thing? Sure, if it helps get the kids in a good college or into a better neighborhood away from the black ghetto thugs and closer to, well, the White people!

    • Agree: Polistra
  15. SafeNow says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “It’s pathetic that most Americans are too cowardly to stand up to being called names.”

    Yes, Achmed, you are right in that it might be a matter of “being called names.” But there’s this: Very often it’s more than that. It’s losing your job, or a promotion. It’s having the kid’s grades being marked-down in school. Or, as was my situation, losing the affection and respect of family and friends.

    Too often media figures like Tucker, or the NY Post’s great columnist, Goodwin, simply say “Get involved!” They would be more honest if they finished the sentence: “…even though you or your children might suffer dreadful personal consequences.”

    • Agree: Polistra
  16. Well done that woman.

    As the last line of that Chinese joke from a few years ago now (and which I cannot find online) says: When the ghost of Chairman Mao asks how his cultural revolution is going, the youth reply:

    ‘It’s in America now!’

    • Replies: @TSS
  17. @SafeNow

    You’re right, SafeNow, that being called names is only the beginning of it. I’ve made this point myself. However, it really takes only a few to risk their jobs and the social life for their kids, etc, just a few leaders. Once there is a sizable following on board, like the people clapping for this Chinese woman, and then it comes to “they can’t fire all of us.” “We can all take our kids out of the school as a threat, and they WILL back down”, etc.

    The problem is that your average American is too cowardly to even follow a leader like this. Sure, a few claps at the meeting – hopefully nobody noticed that outburst. Later, with the woke social circle of women: “Oh, I wasn’t sure what she was saying. We just all clapped, I dunno….”

    The alt-right in America could learn a lot from the experience of the ctrl-left in the 1960s. It was the ctrl-left against the mostly conservative Establishment, and the ctrl-left knew how to overwhelm the system and gather large numbers. The alt-right is against the entire left Establishment now.

    Then again, all that said, what did the Founders of this country have on the line? It was a lot more than job loss and being ousted from the circle of friends.

    • Disagree: 3g4me
  18. @SafeNow

    I didn’t want to make that comment too long, so here’s more:

    1) What I’ve seen with Americans is that they tend to live paycheck-to-paycheck, even when there is no way they should have to. This puts them in a position to not be able to push back against ANYTHING, career-wise. I am not in that position.

    2) As for those “friends” you’ve lost, you are probably better off without them, SafeNow. You can’t change families, so you’ve got to just hope they come around after a while.

    • Thanks: SafeNow
    • Replies: @HbutnotG
  19. @JMcG

    The problem is none of them are communists.

    Misidentifying the enemy is a large part of your problem.

  20. 3g4me says:

    @15 SafeNow: Excellent point. All this fawning over the old Chinese lady utterly ignores the fact that, as a non-White, she is explicitly given license to say these sorts of things. She won’t face the social and cultural consequences that a White would. And, as Jim Christian noted above, most Orientals in the US are perfectly happy to blame Whites for whatever if it means they and theirs move ahead. Not unexpected, for a normal and ethnocentric people, but those same Orientals will bleat loudly if White people dared to do the same.

    She’s not speaking up because she’s this liberty loving, free-thinking magic paper American, she’s speaking up because it’s in the best interests of her own children. She in no way validates Sailer’s bullshite ‘citizenism’ theory. It’s still who-whom, only Whites (particularly so many of the principled boomers here at Unz) refuse to acknowledge this.

  21. @Rich

    Ever since the Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the World has been divided.

    That’s what the Cross represents.

    There’s Christianity and… the rest.

    Jews are working on that as we speak.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  22. @GeneralRipper

    Hey Mr Derbyshire, how many Chinese American women have been terminated from employment in America for saying mean things about white people?


    • Agree: 3g4me
  23. The Cultural Revolution was a political and pedagogical literacy campaign, designed to empower the most oppressed class in world history, China’s ‘peasants,’ who had carried China on their backs for 4,000 years.

    Think of it as another of Mao’s massive infrastructure projects, without which, China could never have made the progress it has made.

    It was less bloody than our 60s ‘revolutions,’ and far more successful. It is the principal reason that more people visit Mao’s birthplace every day than visit all the shrines of all of humanity’s other heroes–combined.

    For a first-hand account, I recommend Donping Han’s little memoir, The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village. Dongping Han. 2008.

    The Chinese government’s official evaluation of the Cultural Revolution serves to underline the idea, currently very much in vogue around the world, that efforts to achieve development and efforts to attain social equality are contradictory.

    The remarkable currency of this idea in China and internationally is due, at least in part, to the fact that such an idea is so convenient to those threatened by efforts to attain social equality. This study of the history of Jimo County has challenged this idea. During the Cultural Revolution decade and in the two decades of market reform that followed, Jimo has experienced alternative paths, both of which have led to rural development.

    The difference in the paths was not between development and stagnation but rather between different kinds of development. The main conclusion I hope readers will draw from the experience of Jimo County during the Cultural Revolution decade is that measures to empower and educate people at the bottom of society can also serve the goal of economic development. It is not necessary to choose between pursuing social equality and pursuing economic development. The real choice is whether or not to pursue social equality.

    Also Mobo Gao, The Battle For China’s Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution (London, Pluto Press, 2008)

    • Troll: Achmed E. Newman
  24. Curly haired long headed Fool with with yellow fetish, brothers to the “serpentza” and his other curly haired brother all kicked out of China and treated like poop there.I wanna know why the british race are curly haired with long skull he he.

  25. TSS says:
    @Stebbing Heuer

    Joke: Chairman Mao comes back from the dead and has some questions for the Chinese people.

    Chairman Mao: Can the people eat their fill?
    Us: There’s so much to eat they’re dieting!
    Chairman Mao: Are there still capitalists?
    Us: They’re all doing business overseas now!
    Chairman Mao: Do we produce more steel than England?
    Us: Tangshan alone produces more than America!
    Chairman Mao: Did we beat social imperialism? (the USSR)
    Us: They dissolved it themselves!
    Chairman Mao: Did we smash imperialism?
    Us: We’re the imperialists now!
    Chairman Mao: And what about my cultural revolution?
    Us: It’s in America now!

    • Replies: @Stebbing Heuer
  26. SafeNow says:

    “The Day my Mama socked it to, the Harper Vally PTA”
    (quote is at 2:45)

  27. America is going through a Cultural Revolution, but we counter revolutionaries can draw some instruction and perhaps encouragement from the fact that this drama has been played out before, in China from 1966 to 1976.

    We shouldn’t get too carried away with the comparison. There are of course important differences between China’s Cultural Revolution and ours. Most importantly, Mao’s China was monoracial, or effectively so. The key battles of his Cultural Revolution were fought over class, whereas in ours the central issue is race.

    Maybe, a Cultural Revolution is EXACTLY what murrika needs now. After the CR in China, Deng opened up the minds of the Chinese to see what the real advanced world outside China was like, and the rest is now history.

    Today, China is the country whose ambitions Trump wants to squash:

    ‘In defending the tariffs, the Trump administration has cited China’s ambition to become a world leader in tech and innovation, detailed in the “Made in China 2025” plan.’
    It is no “trade war”. It is a war of ambitions. China’s ambition is to become a leading economic and technological power– like many Western powers have done. The West’s ambition– especially America’s ambition– is to make China have no ambitions!!!
    Ever watched Boardwalk Empire? In one scene, a white FBI agent made a comment about Blacks having “ideas”. A China that has ambitions is like a Black having ideas– Both are unacceptable to the White supremacists!

    Hopefully, after this racial Cultural Revolution in murrika, murrika’s own “Deng” will open up the white-supremacists’ minds to the MULTI-racial reality of the real world beyond the borders of the white 5-eye-world?!

  28. bayviking says:

    The first thing every child notices, without any education, is the world isn’t fair. This offends them and they complain loudly, especially when it effects themselves.

    Later we are taught not to care if the unfairness benefits ourselves and complain when it doesn’t. That is what politics is always about.

    Political correctness is poisoning free speech and a healthy sense of humor, especially about ourselves. This is a tragedy of enormous proportions. Humor improves our lives. It is a marvelous way to communicate difficult problems.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  29. @bayviking

    Later we are taught not to care if the unfairness benefits ourselves and complain when it doesn’t.

    By whom, is the question. For lots of young people, it’s been their university professors. This is going down toward elementary school level with this CRT crap.

    At home, White parents normally teach their children that, no, life is not fair, but you need to be fair. Most black parents, meaning a Mom 3/4 of the time, teach them that life is not fair because of those White people over there.

    Very good comment, BayViking.

  30. Alfa158 says:

    I think what they mean today by White Supremacy is not the return of Jim Crow, sunset laws, segregated water fountains etc. It is something far scarier and more threatening to the current order; White Nationalism; a complete separation in some fashion of Whites from Blacks into their own society.
    Even if GoodWhites remained in an integrated society with Blacks, but there was also a White Nationalist society somewhere, then they would rather have Lester Maddox and Bull Connor back in charge than have such a society exist.

  31. Lagertha says:

    No, dummy, it takes normal Americans to realize that the Democrats (and many Republicans) have lied to them for decades and decades. People without Uni degrees are not idiots – grow up; learn to respect your fellow man!

  32. 3g4me says:

    The Loudon parents who are now so outraged are not truly bothered that their White children are being demonized; they would be more outraged if you told them their children needed and deserved a positive White identity. They willfully ignored whatever poison was being fed to their children in public school for years. They never checked their textbooks or ensured they knew what was going on in the classroom.

    All they want is a return to the status quo ante – to color-blind civic nationalism. They want to ensure their children get and remain on the path to Harvard and Yale and life within the cloud. This is status jockeying, not normie Whites awakening to the deadly future they’ve ensured for their progeny, as a hated and downtrodden minority in the land that was theirs by right of inheritance.

    • Agree: HbutnotG
  33. John

    Maybe you a tiny bit familiar with Franz Brentano the German Catholic Priest. It’s a really fascinating in the realm of the History of Mathematics and Philosophy……There is a direct line from Franz Brentano to modern day Mathematical Logic-Model Theory…that passes through the Polish School of Mathematical Logic..up through Alfred Tarski….The current research on F1…field of one element(potentially of great significance in proving the Riemann Hypothesis) includes heavy duty industrial Model Theory-specifically Geometric Model Theory. And it is a direct road from the Polish School of Logic via Tarski…From Tarski…you can trace it back to Father Brentano who got the meathead Pollacks interested in Logic….Maybe I should give you a reading list…

  34. HbutnotG says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Old and accomplished, entirely on my own effort; now just biding my time left, I have distanced myself from almost all [friends] that are left, and even then, those I had no issues with 20 years ago, now nauseate me because, now (but not formerly) I have to bite my lip. I don’t blame them parents, in fact I applaud them. This BS has been going on for 50 years and stupid people who apparently only know which hole it goes in, but know nothing further about parenthood, obviously ignore their kids’ education. It’s nothing new.

  35. @War for Blair Mountain

    Phenomenology and Analytic Philosophy starts with Brentano, and later the two schools of philosophizing split apart. Gian Carlo Rota hated analytic philosophy….

  36. HbutnotG says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “face diapered Asian lady”
    Your focus is way off.
    Go to you Tube and see the whole thing (unless (((they’ve))) removed it.)

    You know what? An insurrection is imminent. Your president (Obama in white face?) is openly fomenting this. 1/6 is absolutely nothing compared to what’s coming. Thank goodness my freezer chest arrived 2 weeks ago and is now stocked. I’ve also stocked up on candles and styrofoam panels (to cover the freezer – for maybe an extra week). Lettrizzity may well be your biggest wish very soon…
    You little “girls”…your pretty 3 car garage days are over. It’ll only take a few not-quite-so-nutty people at this point. Hope the internet is still up. I wanna watch this.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  37. @HbutnotG

    HbutnotG, I watched the 2 min clip on Mr. Derbyshire’s VDare post (same text, as far as I know). The lady had the face diaper on the whole time. Maybe you saw a different video?

    Who or what is lettrizzity?

    You ain’t the only prepper on here. It reads like you are from elsewhere, just based on “your President” – hey, not MY president – but America is probably the capital of prepping. Yes, it’s gonna be a perfect storm shitshow.

    • Replies: @HbutnotG
  38. HbutnotG says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    “lettrizzity” is “Hunkie speak” for that stuff that comes into your house on wires, lights your lights, fires up your refrigerator, etc., and is generated by highly government-controlled companies (it’s all but nationalized). They can cut that off the minute the population starts misbehaving.

    What’s a prepper?

    I’m referring to the clip where the white guy gets arrested by the cops after the Board walks out. Way more revealing than the clip they show here. It was on You Tube a couple days ago. It’s “St Petersburg, 2021.”

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
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