Mao can be described as the ultimate Nihilist. The man has no ideological boundaries. No moral compulsions. He lived off of anecdotal evidence alone. At the time of his joining the CCP, he didn't even believe in the concept of Communism, Marxist, or Bolshivekism. He was a bookworm and kept the Confucian Classics by his side whenever possible. He simply hated the current order of China and wished to see it turned on it's head for the sake of anarchy alone. He didn't care what ideological platform would rise to the top. In his mind, whatever rose to the top, he would simply exploit it to gain power anyways since ideaologies were inheritly bound to rulesets that adherents had to follow. But he wasn't a pure Nihilist. He understood very well the boundaries of his power and knew when to fold. (well, he knew when to fold after he was forced down by his own actions) He cared very much about how Moscow viewed his actions, since they were the source of almost *ALL* monetary and material supporting the "will of the people" were using to fight Chaing Kei-sek and the Nationalists. He gladly slaughtered Communist, Nationalist, citizen, family member, and close comrade (and plenty of them) alike in his quest for 'Party Emporer'. Maoist Sympathizer: Oh Ghet, you're so mean. - The man laid siege to a city with his wife and two children still in it! He had all the time to notify them and get them to safety but refused to do so. It wouldn't even have been strategically disadventagous to have done so since the wife and child were living at the very edge of the siege! -Purge after purge after purge of local commanders and civilians was the standard approach where ever Mao went. Every enemy who slighted him at any time to any degree during this quest for power was eventually executed when Mao came to power. - During the Long March in which he was chased from his base to spend a year with 40,000 of his soldiers, two stories would evolve. One is the naive, disillusioned American journalist Edgar Snow who described the march as "heroically inspiried" complete with pictures and fabricated propaganda. Mao spend 4 months running his troops in wide circles to buy himself time before he moved into Szechuan to link up with Commander Chang Kuo-Tuo, who controlled 80,000 soldiers and was just as ambitious as Mao. He didn't want his army absorbed into his, so he used this time to gain enouhg power to demote Kuo-Tuo. During this, 75% of his troops perished from exhaustion and starvation while Mao (and his books) were carried by people in carts. Kai-Sek (leader of the Nationalists) harrassed him the entire time and had three seperate instances to execute every last one of the Red bastards, but could not because Stalin (head puppet master) had Kai-Sek's son has a hostage and did not want to exterminate "Stalin's baby" (The CCP) (Stalin was the most ruthless of all, using the CCP to 1.) foment discontent and rebellions in the warlorded provinces of China to create a Communist satellite (in which hundreds of millions of ruples was spent doing so) and 2.) to use this Communist state as a buffer for the eventual Japanese invasion of the mainland to protect Russia from being pincered by both Germany and Japan who signed an anti-Comintern pact.) It's fucking infuriating to me to read this shit, knowing that three-thousand miles to the West, a bunch of naive, young white kids were all clapping along, calling Communism and Socialism the greatest thing ever.