China: Red Guards Curbed Again

China's Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution has changed course numerous times in its tumultuous 27-month existence. The alternating current is provided, of course, by Mao Tse-tung. His heart is with the radicals, who advocate violence to cleanse conservatism from China, but his head must sometimes nod to the moderates, who say that stability is needed before the revolution can make progress. Last week a set of new directives from Peking made it clear that Mao has decided, at least for now, on head over heart.

He had little choice. His minority extremists, composed largely...

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