Red China: The Death of Li

Li, or the principle of social order, prevents the rise of moral or social chaos as a dam prevents a flood. A people who do away with the old principle of social order meet with moral disaster.

—Confucius

Last week Mao Tse-tung's Red Guards went to Shantung province and wrecked the birthplace of Confucius. For 2,400 years, the Chinese have studied his counsels of moderation and nonviolence. The zealots who desecrated his shrine at Chu Fu, reported the Peking People's Daily, had buried Confucianism "once and for all." In the madness that Red China has become, the act was highly...

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