Dissident: Let me start by offering you my conclusion, which will make it easier to follow how the party came to control the people: by using a method and by using a strategy. The method is the stick and the carrot. The stick is systematic violence and calculated terror designed to instill fear and intimidation into anybody who comes into contact with the Communist Party of China.
But the history of communism isn’t just about violence. Its’s also about the carrot.
The history of communism in China and elsewhere is also a history of promises made and promises broken. Mao and the Communists, like their predecessors the Bolsheviks and Lenin, offered every disaffected group what they wanted most—land for the farmers, better working conditions for workers, protection of private property for the entrepreneurs, and freedom of expression for intellectuals. One by one, these promises were broken. MORE