The history of socialism amid China’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Thursday, in which the CCP is reveling in what it views as the bedrock of the nation’s global success.
Baier hosts “The Unauthorized History of Socialism” on Fox Nation, where he traces the history of socialism from its first failed experiment in America to the collapse of the Soviet Union to its apparent revival today. “The Chinese Communist Party is about to turn 100 but Xi will be the real star,” CNN International tweeted to accompany a link to a story about an upcoming celebration that will feature fireworks and a speech by China’s leader Xi Jinping. While lavish festivities marked the anniversary, they failed to mention that tens of millions of people who have been killed at the hands of the CCP.
The Party was founded in 1921 on the principles of Marxism-Leninism, but it wasn’t until 1949 that it was able to gain complete control of the country.
The CCP challenged the nationalist Kuomintang government and prompted an intermittent 12-year long civil war.
In an attempt to propel China’s economy forward on a global scale, CCP chief Mao Zedong, who became China’s leader in 1949, launched a campaign known as the “Great Leap Forward” in 1958 – a disastrous program that forced millions of rural Chinese villagers from their farms to join mass communes.