Yet his regime was the parody of a parody of western ideas, several times removed:
a Chinese "peasant" adaptation of Lenin's murderous Soviet interpretation of Marx's narrowly socialist recasting of false Enlightenment doctrines that were themselves
a parody of naive millenarian and utopian tendencies within earlier Christian heresies.
It was a regime that murdered history as well as men, a regime that from its first triumph eradicated everything that remained of China's old order with puritanical zeal, including the highest received moral and spiritual attitudes of her people.
No Imperial power could ever have dreamed of wreaking destruction on the Maoist scale.
This Maoist heritage was saluted Thursday, in the baldly fascist choreography of a vast lock-step parade, with military hardware, through a Beijing locked down against civil disturbance.