The Red Guard (or Red Guards) was a mass student paramilitary social movement started by Mao Zedong in China in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution.

The Red Guard (or Red Guards) was a mass student paramilitary social movement started by Mao Zedong in China in 1966 during the Cultural Revolution. Zedong was the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 1945 to 1976.

The Red Guards stated purpose: “Chairman Mao has defined our future as an armed revolutionary youth organization...So if Chairman Mao is our Red-Commander-in-Chief and we are his Red soldiers, who can stop us? First we will make China red from inside out and then we will help the working people of other countries make the world red. And then the whole universe.”

For 10 years from 1966 to 1976 the Red Guards promoted this cultural revolution, encouraged by Chairman Mao Zedong, even though Zedong declared the revolution over by 1969.

The 11th Plenum of the CPC Central Committee had ratified the 'Sixteen Articles' in August 1966, a document that stated the aim of the Cultural Revolution. It also highlighted the role students would be asked to play in the movement. The Cultural Revolution Group directed the Red Guards to attack the 'Four Olds' of Chinese society (old customs, old culture, old habits and old ideas). For the rest of the year, Red Guards marched across China in a campaign to eradicate the 'Four Olds'. Books and art were destroyed, museums were ransacked, and streets were renamed with new revolutionary names and adorned with pictures and the sayings of Mao. Many famous temples, shrines, and other heritage sites in Beijing were defaced or destroyed beyond repair.

But even the Communist Party soon realized it had created a monster. Millions of people were victims of the violence that ensued across the country. People suffered a wide range of abuses including public humiliation, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, hard labor, sustained harassment, seizure of property and sometimes execution. A large segment of the population was forcibly displaced, most notably the transfer of urban youth to rural regions. Historical relics and artifacts were destroyed. Cultural and religious sites were ransacked.  The economic damage to China was massive.

There are two groups in the world today who are doing the exact same thing. ISIS is destroying every thing that reflects religion, culture, tradition, and values of any religion but Islam. They have destroyed churches, temples, statues, literature, and art that can never be replaced.

In America, the group that calls themselves Antifa is perhaps the most dangerous of all. They are nothing more than a domestic terrorist group, well-organized and well-funded by several liberal and socialist organizations and individuals who are intent on the destruction of America.

August 27 an Antifa group attacked a Christian prayer vigil in the Martin Luther King, Jr. park near Berkeley University. The anti-Marxism rally by 400 Christians was violently stopped, with Antifa members chasing and beating those they could catch, and attacked reporters and camera crews filming the incident.

Thirteen Antifa members were arrested. The average age of those 13 was 30 years old, and most of them were paid agitators hired by George Soros-funded foundations like Moveon.org, the Tides Foundation, and the Threshold Foundation (now part of the Emergent Fund group). All funnel money to groups to disrupt and sabotage the American government, abolish capitalism, end religious freedom, and defend communism.

Politico.com reported the main hub for organizing against the Trump Administration is Organizing For Action, headed by Barack Obama. Approximately 1,000 people from 29 states have taken the six-week “fellowship course” offered by OFA to learn how to make America ungovernable.

The new government they want has an old name: Communism.

Myron Blaine has lived in Hannibal since 1987. He is married and has two sons. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of the Courier-Post.