An early voyeur was Lord Montgomery of Alamein who toured China in 1960. He recalled being taken into the canteen of a people’s commune where the staple diet was balls of rice with a little vegetable filling. Men received two, women one and a half, and children one ball each. “Don’t you want anything more?” Montgomery asked one of the workers.
“Of course,” he replied. “But we eat like this so that our future generations can eat better.”
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