HBH 16: The All-Time Dumbest Thing Ever


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There are countless stupid events, decisions, policies, and people in history, so it was a great surprise to see how easy it was to decide on the dumbest thing ever. It was, to put it bluntly, no contest.

The Great Leap Forward had it all -- poor planning, poor execution, newspeak, happy talk, brutal repression, and tens of millions of deaths. And you couldn't think of a more perfectly ludicrous name.

Today's episode is a little complicated, as the topic is VAST and I made a vain attempt to cover it all. Listen to it twice if you have to -- or if you have a stomach for it!

Better yet -- Read about the Great Leap Forward: Mao's Great Famine by Frank Dikotter

Forgotten Voices of Mao's Great Famine by Xun Zhou

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