RED CHINA: The Road to Collectivism

"A step forward is necessary," said Peking's People's Daily, ". . . to combat this spontaneous capitalist trend of the peasants." Peking has long complained that China's peasants are slow to hate their "class enemies," i.e., the surviving landlords who still own an acre or more. Judging by the reports of travelers reaching free Hong Kong and by the hysterical tone of Communist reprimands, masses of peasants are refusing to sell their crops to the government at the fixed low rates prescribed by law. The peasants, squeezed by taxes, "voluntary patriotic contributions," and high living costs, are also letting...

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