Essay: THE MIND OF CHINA

The chief of state decided that the past must he wiped out. He ordered all philosophical books burned, except for one copy to be preserved in the state library. Many scholars were denounced as economically useless. By contrast, the masses of disciplined peasants and workers were exalted. The state took over control of religion. When intellectuals protested, thousands were condemned to forced labor.

A partial account of Mao Tse-tung's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution? Not at all. The Chinese ruler who acted thus was called Shih Huang Ti, the Emperor famed for constructing the Great...

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