Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mao Zedong's Disposable Income

While the politicians and pundits banter on (and that includes the Gil Meche crew), an interesting piece of information was released earlier today by the Associated Press. In spite of the previously released information of all private discussions between Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the foreign diplomats of their time, including the times that Nixon told Kissinger he didn't care about repression and the time that Nixon called the newspapers slut, and the time he badmouthed the Jews (in addition to all the other fun facts provided by this article).

Now we get to see the lighter side of beloved Communist Mao Zedong. In a society that can not trade currency, a new commodity rises to the top and becomes the most valuable.

"You know, China is a very poor country," Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department's historian office.

"We don't have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands."

A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. "Do you want our Chinese women?" he asked. "We can give you 10 million."

After Kissinger noted Mao was "improving his offer," the chairman said, "We have too many women. ... They give birth to children and our children are too many."

"It is such a novel proposition," Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. "We will have to study it."

Mao, in spite of his ideology, understood supply and demand. The Chinese had plenty of women to offer and America held what might be referred to as an "ass vacuum". America in the 1970s can be likened to every sex, drugs and rock and roll reference ever introduced to us. This is how Americans remember time periods. They highlight the images they wish to remember and exploit them for cash and publicity. This image, in this case, is the one in which America believed it did not have enough T 'n A. Mao thought he could play to that idea, and Kissinger told him it wasn't a bad thought.

What Mao said was offensive... but it's almost a shock it didn't work. Bill Clinton risked his whole political career to get his dong badonked, and the guy that had immediately preceded Nixon in the White House was nailing every good looking face the grazed the beltway.



Pulp said...

"[T]he guy that had immediately preceded Nixon in the White House was nailing every good looking face the grazed the beltway."

History alert! LBJ may have led us even further into Vietnam than we should have gone, but let's not just toss his presidency aside. Unless you seriously mean to suggest LBJ was some kind of Washington playboy.

Apartment 618 said...

Oh shit... You're right. Johnson was as much a playboy as Kennedy was a Texan...