[–] Awful-Falafel [S] 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Basically, the author says that since Chairman Mao liked spicy foods, all revolutionaries love spicy foods and ends with:

The bite and the burn of the red chili pepper is a reminder of how the peasants of southwestern China, at the mercy of historical and economic forces, crafted culinary masterpieces from the basic instinct for survival. Out of poverty and war and the currents of globalization they fashioned fire for their palates, and ours.

Thank the noble communists for Chinese food I guess. And, of course, the author "Andrew Leonard is a writer living in Berkeley, California, working on a book about Sichuan food, globalization, and the Tao." The comment section rips this article apart.