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July 27, 2019

It’s Not “The Squad”: It’s the New Gang of Four

Filed under: China,Politics — cpirrong @ 5:31 pm

Someone (@jgibbons74) responding to one of my tweets regarding @AOC’s most recent demonstration of fatuity said that she reminded him of Madam Mao, Jiang Qing. This comparison is very apt. And it set off a series of connections in my mind. Jiang was the leader of the Gang of Four, the hard-core communists who were the driving force behind the insane and evil Cultural Revolution in China. AOC is part of a group of four hard core leftists who aspire at nothing less than a social and cultural revolution in the United States. (Fortunately, I can still use lower case letters.) They call themselves “The Squad,” but given their very real ambitions (about which they are quite explicit), and the historical antecedent in China, this appellation is far too benign and non-descriptive.

No. They really should be called The New Gang of Four.

And here’s the scary thing: I wouldn’t be surprised if they consider that a compliment.

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  1. Well – I would be surprised if they understood the reference. On having it explained to them (and I am not sure they would understand the background, so it might take some time) I agree that they would likely think it quite a compliment.

    Comment by dcardno — July 28, 2019 @ 12:05 pm

  2. In American political discourse, the “gang of ” is normally used with respect to a bipartisan group of congressmen working towards some compromise legislation. So naming the AOC’s group a “gang of 4” would sound very confusing here…

    Comment by Ilya Dondoshansky — August 3, 2019 @ 12:37 pm

  3. @Ilya–The “Gang of” lingo was inspired by the Chinese Gang of Four.

    Comment by cpirrong — August 3, 2019 @ 4:47 pm

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