Posted Nov 22, 2012 4:13 UTC (Thu) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
Parent article: Quotes of the week
When Mao said he wanted to see "a hundred flowers bloom," he wasn't serious. He just wanted to "entice the snakes out of their caves" (somehow, people don't remember this quote quite as much.) Many people were executed or condemned to prison labor camps as a result of falling for the chairman's ruse.