China: The Edge of Chaos

It was an extraordinary admission, or warning, or touch of hysteria. "If things are not properly handled," said the Peking People's Daily last week, "a capitalist restoration is a possibility at any time."

In a rich burst of zoological invective, the paper declared that "the counterrevolutionary revisionists who have been dragged out are fierce dogs in water, are wounded tigers, are poisonous snakes not yet frozen by the cold."

As if that were not enough, it cautioned that the opponents of Mao Tse-tung "are not dead tigers but living tigers ready to bite...

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