The Dalai Lama is now doing his CIA tour in Northern California, making the front page of the Republican newspaper of record of Northern California, the San Francisco Chronicle of May 17, 2001. He was wined and dined at the swanky Fairmont Hotel in San Jose and appeared at various charity rackets. Even if you knew nothing about the Dalai Lama, you should know that anyone who gets such favorable publicity from the capitalist press is no friend of any progressive community.
As to the Dalai Lama's background, yes, the Dalai Lama is also anti-women, the twin evil of homophobia. All the superstitious attitudes against women in poor societies existed in Tibet, with the active encouragement of the Dalai Lama. In the feudal era of Tibet, the time of enrichment of the Dalai Lama family, marriage was by permission of the master of the estate. Women serfs were often raped, families were broken up, and a lord could use women serfs as "temporary wives." Polygyny, a wealthy man with many wives and polyandry, a woman was forced to be the wife to several brothers in land-poor noble families, were common in the Dalai Lama's Tibet.
As to Mao Tse-Tung, this writer has no particular love for Mao and is well aware of the horrors revealed in the book by his medical doctor, Dr. Li Zhisui, The Private Life of Chairman Mao. The weaknesses of Mao's political theories are well-known and cannot be supported. It is also true that China did advance from 1949 to 1976 because of the revolution of 1949, led by Mao Tse-Tung. The advances in terms of literacy, increased life expectancy, reduced infant mortality and all other social indicators cannot be disputed.
Mao should have resigned from office at age 60 (1953) and rested on his laurels as a war hero, which is what he was. He was not a good political leader. In fact, this writer believes everyone should be required to retire at age 60, with full pension as no one should live in poverty. If they wish to do volunteer work, they may do so. I see this over and over again. People who provided leadership when they were younger can not continue at the same level of leadership after age 60. It is also a means of allowing the next generation to take over as smoothly as possible, and to bring new ideas into practice.
We must ask, why is the ruling class promoting the Dalai Lama at this time? The answer is obviously to create anti-Chinese hostility to bolster George Bush's war efforts against China. This is a capitalist society, where maximization of profit is the primary law. The greatest profits are in military hardware. The war machine has now turned its focus on China. There are many problems with the government of China, but supporting the Dalai Lama will not solve any problems, it will make them worse, for the Dalai Lama is bought and paid for by the CIA.