Friday, January 9, 2009

Mao Meets Capacity Management

Could happen. Not ex-Chairman Mao Zedong (Mao Tse Tung, when I was in school), who hasn't been "The Great Helmsman" in the national bridge for 35 years, but rather his grandson, Mao Xinyu. The latter's blog about his grandfather was selected by the Chinese government as the most "attention-grabbing" blog of 2008 (in mainland China, I assume).

In the course of studiously searching the web for references to his grandfather, Mao Xinyu might well have come across the rubric on my Guerrilla Manifesto page. It's a paraphrasing of a passage from gandpa's Little Red Book:
"Mao Tse-tung during the Chinese civil war, condensed guerrilla warfare into the following points for his troops: The enemy advances, we retreat. The enemy camps, we harass. The enemy tires, we attack. The enemy retreats, we pursue."
On second thought, maybe Mao Xinyu didn't find my page. I've been told that my entire web site is blocked in China. In an act of profound irony, this may be because the current Communist government blocks on keywords like "guerrilla" or possibly the Mao quotation, out of fear that such words might encourage some of their 1.3 billion people to rise up, like Mao and his guerrilla army in 1949, and do to them what Mao did to the Kuomintang. Could happen.

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