I just finished reading Mao: The Unknown Story, by the husband and wife team of writer Jung Chang and historian Jon Halliday. It’s a fantastic biography of one of the most evil men who ever lived.
What I got from it (mostly), is that Mao cared only about himself and his own power. People were tools to him. His goal was to assemble as much power as he could. If tens of millions had to die so he could have more power, so be it. In fact, he even enjoyed watching people die.
This is exactly why it’s so scary that someone like Anita Dunn says Mao is one of her favorite “political philosophers.”