The Bad And The Buried Essay

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When you think of the names Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong, what comes to mind? It is more than likely that you thought of their heinous crimes and political affiliations with the Fascist, Socialist, and Communist parties, but why? Shakespeare explains it all through his character Mark Antony in the play titled Julius Caesar. After Caesar’s tragic death, Antony says, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. So let it be with Caesar” but it is not just Caesar whose legacy has been tainted by this philosophy. Countless leaders including Hitler, Stalin and Zedong have been labeled as corrupt, ambitious, and evil men because the good was ...view middle of the document...

John F. Kennedy once said “within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived. He had boundless ambition for his country, which rendered him a menace to the peace of the world, but he had a mystery about him... He had in him the stuff of which legends are made." Under Hitlers rule, Nazi Germany was the first country to ban vivisection in the world. In 1934, a national hunting law was passed to regulate how many animals could be killed per year, and to establish proper ‘hunting seasons’. These same laws are now implemented in every modern westernized nation. He also ran an anti-smoking campaign with slogans such as “He does not devour it, it devours him!” (referring to a cigarette). Under his National Socialist government, unemployment was near non existent and social mobility opportunities increased. These astounding achievements should not be overlooked or disregarded because of other policies implemented by Nazi Germany.
Under Mao Zedong's dictatorship the role of women in the Chinese society was completely transformed. Mao claimed that women held up half of the country's economy and should be placed in the labor front under the principle of equal pay for equal work. He...

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