I did tell you they went all-in for controversial opinions at Unz.com, but Mao Reconsidered: One Hundred Percent Good is a load, even by their standards. Just so you know, Roberts got an EdD at Umass-Amherst in 1973, and the rest of his internet presence is about how to make money after you've retired to Thailand on Social Security check. Health care? Not to worry, because he thinks anything is better than the most corrupt healthcare system in the world in the US.
In the late 70's and early 80's there was a Marxist professor in the Masters In Human Services program at New Hampshire College (now SNHU) who must have taught a lot of this, as so many of his students, who worked at my hospital quoted "Marcel" as saying similar things. The iron control and horrible punishments were necessary with a country like China because they started out so backward and there were so many of them that there just wasn't any other way. About two years later the "so backward" part was left out in favor of China's obvious superior traditional wisdom. It's hard to keep up sometimes.
There are over three hundred comments, and some of them get the main criticisms - like all those dead people and the famine - explained clearly and succinctly. What surprised me was the number of commenters who agreed with the article.