Tip to travelers: when visiting a nation that endured a bloody Maoist insurgency for many years, do not go around sporting Maoist fashion accessories
Cameron Diaz is sorry
for being unaware of the "potentially hurtful nature of the slogan" on the handbag she purchased. I doubt that Peruvians would even recognize a slogan written in Chinese pictographs. But everyone should recognize an olive drab handbag with a big red star and Chinese script as something that just screams Communist China.
As for that slogan...I wonder how many people have connected "Serving the People" with this
Which brings to mind an old post
regarding one of Mao's other favorite sayings:
Nothing summarizes Marxist utilitarianism better than Mao's famous statement, "To make an omelet, you must break a few eggs." The analogy is perhaps more illustrative than Mao would have recognized; as one consumes one's breakfast for personal nourishment, Communist elites (literally and figuratively) consume a nation's population for their own enrichment.
Labels: Culture, History