Mao of Poo
February 8, 2004 11:23 PM   Subscribe

Comrade, is Piglet revisionism getting you down? Don't be an enemy of the people. Brush up on your Maoist theory with the Mao of Poo.
posted by alidarbac (5 comments total)
Great find. But it's the "Mao of Pooh" in case anyone was scared to click on it.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:36 AM on February 9, 2004

"voice of the turtle" sounds like an entry in Roger's Profanisaurus.
posted by davehat at 3:27 AM on February 9, 2004

This is delicious.

"He walked over to Piglet's house, and knocked on the door, but there was no reply.

On the door was a message: "HAVGON TO RURAL RE-EDJUKASHUN KAMP."
Being a bear of little brain, Pooh didn't know quite what to make of this, but suspected that Piglet wouldn't be back soon."

I remember the era when American leftists looked to their english versions of Mao's "Little Red Book", for wisdom. It seems rather silly in retrospect, especially given what was going on in China around that time.

A scrapbook of the Revolution" (two photo albums from the period.)

The Cultural Revolution left a lots of bodies in it's wake. I got a chance to play "Cultural Revolution" once, in elementary school. I don't know who was responsible for this bit of pedagogic brilliance but the whole school, it seemed to me at the time, was in on it and certain people got to be party cadres, assigning demerits and so on, though I can't remember whether or not they had re-education camps. But it was, overall, very sanitized. They sure didn't talk about the mob violence.

That one-day pedagogic exercise served to bluntly drill home the point that to be an American elementary school student amidst the Cultural Revolution sure would have sucked.

China has, thankfully, moved on [One regret I have, however, is for the passing of Socialist poster propaganda/art. That had style.] and this makes me stop and consider - how far has American political culture evolved, in comparison? China has moved from it's mass spasms of revolutionary guard insanity to a pragmatic embrace of capitalism. "High-gloss oil paintings symbolic of the Mao personality cult command high prices at auctions, and there are many avid collectors of the thousands of varieties of small Mao badges that everyone had to wear to demonstrate their loyalty during the Cultural Revolution. In Beijing one can even visit the "Cultural Revolution Cafe", where the waitresses are dressed as Red Guards, music of the period is always playing, and busts of Mao and Zhou Enlai sit on shelves over the cash register." (link to essay on cultural revolution) while America has moved from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, and from the Beatles to Justin Timberlake ripping off Janet Jackson's boob-armor snap-on breastplate during the Superbowl half-time show.
posted by troutfishing at 7:19 AM on February 9, 2004

Delicious indeed!

And so it was that the residents of One Hundred Acre Wood soon built a stick projecting apparatus of fearsome size and power, launching a stick so high that it took two days to come back down.

Think someone's mixing up their satire - isn't that the feminist critique of the arms dynamic?
posted by dmt at 4:16 PM on February 9, 2004

dmt - You are probably right in that.

I think the author is merely running wild with the joy of absurdist humor.
posted by troutfishing at 9:06 PM on February 9, 2004

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